I bought a 1955 MkV a few years ago from Florida, in basket case condition(it was cheap!). As only 1 way tube and 1 base tube was worth shipping, I "invented" a short or "mini" to be used as a crafters station, and asked the guy to cut the tubes in half to make shipping the boxes full of disassembled parts cheaper. I didn't allow for the 3/4" difference(it's now only 3/8). I noticed this when rebuilding and wondered what was wrong, but it still went together well enough with the amount of tolerence in the base casting clamps. I put the MkV500 carriage and saw table back on and had all functions except drill press(even have that with very short bits and thin material). But the SPT power connector wouldn't go on as I couldn't slide the headstock far enough to the right with the carriage in the way. So I tried the bandsaw offset mounting tubes. but still couldn't get enough room. Since I had found that these mounts have some flex in them in use, I made longer offset bars out of heavier 3/8" bar stock. I could then get the power connector on, but still had flex. I went to 1/2" bar stock for the offset pieces and no more flex. I also beefed up the mount tubes to solid round stock, drilled and tapped to take longer and heavier cap screws to attach the longer 1/2" thick offset bars.
So now I have an almost full functioning SS in mini length. Don
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