I had a friend of mine in the shop that I helped get set up with a Mark V a couple of years ago and we were making a mirror frame for his daughter and I started lamenting about "the current problem". He looked at me and said, "I will be right back". He comes back in an hour with a 60's vintage Atlas/Craftsman 6 inch mini lathe. All in boxes and a real basket case. He said "here you go, get it working and it's yours".
So I did:
OK, now, the pistons.
Made one in steel first successfully, but didn't like the work it took (it's been thirty five years since I have even seen a metal lathe, much less did anything with one)
Steel and cast steel side by side.
So I told JPG that I was ordering some tempered aluminum round bar stock and I would try some in aluminum for us both to try (the least I could do). I got two made today and hopefully get his other two made tomorrow. I tried the first two and they work perfectly. Time will tell if they hold up.
cast steel and aluminum side by side
So, I have taken in another "orphan" machine that needs a lot of TLC, but is in pretty good shape, a few problems, but fixable, and the bonus, is my Mark VII is fixed and I will hopefully get JPG's back on her "feet" again too.
1965 Mark VII S/N 407684
1951 10 ER S/N ER 44570 -- Reborn 9/16/14
1950 10 ER S/N ER 33479 Reborn July 2016
1950 10 ER S/N ER 39671
1951 !0 ER #3 in rebuild
500, Jointer, Bsaw, Bsander, Planer
2014 Mark 7 W/Lift assist - 14 4" Jointer - DC3300
And a plethora of small stuff .....
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