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FourCams 1st January 2009 06:11

That lathe is a thing of beauty!

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/g...de2008b002.jpg

I'm very envious!

Hopper 1st January 2009 06:19

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Originally Posted by FourCams (Post 1656006)
That lathe is a thing of beauty!

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/g...de2008b002.jpg

I'm very envious!

It is my Dad's, down in his workshop in Adelaide at the other end of the 5000 mile Ironhead ride. He bought it in England when he was in the merchant marine in the early 1950s and it has been turning away ever since.
Apparently, it was used in some Limey factory during World War 2 making aircraft parts, so it must be a 1930s vintage, flat drive belt and all.
It is actually a Myford but made by the Drummond company in that era.

I am pretty sure the lathe in Bert Munro's workshop in the Worlds Fastest Indian movie is the exact same type of lathe. I think they were the standard issue throughout the empire back in those days.

Me and my brothers were all quite proficient in the use of this one by the time we were 12 years old, making bicycle axles, knife handles and working model steam engines and toy cannons - all that stuff that all boys should grow up with. :D

FourCams 1st January 2009 06:36

It's amazing how well made those things are, and how long they last. I bet the motor smells wonderful. There's just somethin about those old lathes...
Kinda like an Ironhead.. it's somethin ya can't really describe.

Hopper 1st January 2009 09:33

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Originally Posted by FourCams (Post 1656034)
It's amazing how well made those things are, and how long they last. I bet the motor smells wonderful. There's just somethin about those old lathes...
Kinda like an Ironhead.. it's somethin ya can't really describe.

oh no, it has a new motor on it --- installed in the 1960s:laugh

Some of those old lathes back in pre-WW2 days were originally operated by a treadle like an old sewing machine. :wonderlan

But yeah, it is a different way of machining, much more by "feel" than a modern lathe. And like an Ironhead it does have that unique old machinery sort of smell, old oil and iron comingled for decades.

thefrenchowl 1st January 2009 11:46

Thanks Hopper,

For a very instructive thread, worth saving as a favorite page.

That's an extractor for both main engine and gearbox sprockets:

http://www.harleykrxlrtt.com/images/toolsprocket1.jpg

I was given this grinding wheel balancer:

http://www.harleykrxlrtt.com/images/toolstand2.jpg

and moded it with bearing assemblies to center cranks:

http://www.harleykrxlrtt.com/images/toolstand3.jpg

http://www.harleykrxlrtt.com/images/toolstand4.jpg

It also fit snugly on my Myford lathe.

I moded the Myford to fit a frequency inverter driven motor, 3/4 HP single phase to 3 phases, all in one, that I pinched at work off a high pressure chemical dosing pump!!!

Patrick

MDT 1st January 2009 13:08

Wow! This stuff is priceless! Keep it going!

thefrenchowl 1st January 2009 14:38

Hi again,

My garage's quite small, no room for an hydraulic press. Not needed for most Sporty jobs, so I bashed this "pusher", out of an hydraulic puller, to get the flywheels out of the left case:

http://www.harleykrxlrtt.com/images/5801.jpg

Patrick

Hopper 2nd January 2009 02:58

Frenchowl - very nice main bearing puller there. Certainly looks sturdy enough!

Shadowdog500 2nd January 2009 03:07

This stuff is priceless.

I hope others aren’t hesitant about posting a tool that is already shown. I think it is really useful to see different variations of the same tool or to see the slightly different ways people attack the same problem.

Chris

Hopper 2nd January 2009 03:14

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Originally Posted by Shadowdog500 (Post 1657601)
This stuff is priceless.

I hope others aren’t hesitant about posting a tool that is already shown. I think it is really useful to see different variations of the same tool or to see the slightly different ways people attack the same problem.

Chris


Yep, the more the merrier. There are many different ways to make these tools. Also special tools you have bought that work well would be good to see too.


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