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  • Originally posted by skipd1 View Post
    Installed the tailstock today. Not the most intuitive setup to reinstall after I had it apart for almost 4 months. Got lucky and was able to install on the ways as I didn't want to setup the engine crane.
    Quite happy with the way it now moves on the ways and clamps down with the way wipers and oilers for it.

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    WoW!! You do really nice work.. I like that green also. So much grey in my small shop it feels like Im in the Navy ... Great job... JR

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    • Originally posted by Bented View Post
      Completely disassemble it, painstakingly strip all paint, clean and paint the parts then reassemble.

      Before you know it 5 years will have passed and you will have a working lathe that looks new.

      At this stage do not use it as a machine tool, it will become dirty, discolored and the paint so lovingly applied will be scratched.
      Leave it sit unused so that it may be admired in its glorious perfection.

      Buy another lathe for actual use.
      Looks like I'm a little ahead of schedule!!

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      • Maybe I missed it but did you ever figure out where the “extra” retainer came from?

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        • No I didn't. I thought it maybe was from the leadscrew reverse gear setup, but after pulling off the headstock (not an easy task) and inspecting it I indeed had correctly assembled all the correct parts including the locking ring. For the life of me I can't locate where this split ring goes. I now have the lathe back together and running and it seems to run nicely. I have a little gear noise but I haven't put any lube on any of the spur gears yet.

          Here is a picture of the lock ring on the left and the ring on the right was the correct lock ring that was installed in the leadscrew reverse shaft.

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          Nobody seems to know where it goes on this machine.

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          • I was lucky enough to find and original Steady Rest for this Hendey12x30. Its in great condition.

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            I have been looking for a while and this is the only one I have located. I plan to repaint it to match the lathe

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            • I completed the fabrication of the back splash for the Hendey. It was more work than I thought, but turned out well.

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