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    In a previous post I had talked a bit about reworking a Van norman head. VN Head rework

    I made a bit more progress and thought that I would share a before and (almost finished) after photo of the work.

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    Not moving and rusted together in places.

    And today

    Short of needing a seal that is on the outside and easy to replace later, I hope to have it finished tomorrow and running.

    Civil engineers build targets, Mechanical engineers build weapons.

  • #2
    Wow! what a difference. Nice job
    Eric Sanders in Brighton, Michigan


    • #3

      Have you taken that high speed head apart? I wouldn't mine seeing photos of the internals when you get to it.



      • #4
        I enjoy seeing that kind of "rescue" work. I get a real sense of accomplishment when my soaking, heating, and banging finally gets a little motion out of something that hasn't moved in many years. Most of my stuff was acquired in that condition and though most of it now moves, I still have a long way to go!
        Don Young


        • #5
          Michael, Its not apart yet. It is (as of lastnight) soaking so that things will come apart a bit easier. As for the internals, I have seen a photo somewhere of this in parts. I'm not to worried since I know it is a bit more complicated than the shaper attachment or the head that I am finishing I will take better notes and photos as I go.

          As for the satisfaction of saving an old piece of tooling, yes it is a high. The only low is when a part gets trashed that was perfectly good. The hand wheel to move the quill had a polished handle on it. I was pressing it back in and something went goofy. The round of the handle was hollow and I crushed it in. So I do have to make that part again. Again, I missed something and now a good part is goofed up, but I'll get it fixed. It will all be good in the end.

          Civil engineers build targets, Mechanical engineers build weapons.