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  • No, I said put it on the BIG lathe. - photo

    Civil engineers build targets, Mechanical engineers build weapons.

  • #2
    It's not a lathe, it's a horizontal borer.

    When I was an apprentice I served my time with REME, [ Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers ] mainly working on armoured vehicles.
    I was running a 500 Velocette Venom at the time and the swinging arm bushes were two steel backed bushes that pressed into the frame and had to be line bored.
    Out stores didn't carry a line reamer that size so one Saturday morning in went into work, got the crane driver to lift my bike onto the bed of the horizontal borer and bolted it down.
    Threw a sheet over it so prying eyes wouldn't see and proceeded to set about boring these two bushes out.
    Way overkill but I had access to nothing else.

    Part way thru the operation one of the colonel's walked thru the shop, paused by the side of the machine, lifted the sheet up and said,
    "I suppose this is a jig for inspection ?"
    droped the sheet and walked on.
    I was terrified I'd get reported but never heard anything about it.

    John S.

    Sir John , Earl of Bligeport & Sudspumpwater. MBE [ Motor Bike Engineer ] Nottingham England.


    • #3
      I wondered if it was not a lathe also but left the title due to the wording of the photo's link. But upon closer inspection I would have to agree with you. The fixture to the right doesnt look like a lathe head. Wish I could see more.
      Great story...thanks.

      [This message has been edited by rockrat (edited 01-22-2005).]
      Civil engineers build targets, Mechanical engineers build weapons.


      • #4
        Our old shop had two VDF gap lathes. 17 foot swing when the head was slid over to open up a big hole in the floor. I was impressed by these lathes. It amazed me the work done on these machines.


        • #5
          How about a medium size lathe. 60" swing, weight 65,000lbs.


          • #6
            That 60 Wickes Lathe looks almost like the Niles Lathe we have at work. Except our Niles Lathe has 2 apron/compounds. That allows us to work both ends at the same time.
            Living By the Square and On the Level


            • #7
              Heres a double end Wickes boring lathe.