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glacially slow machine shop build

Good thing I saved a PDF of my build thread yesterday since pirate isn't even loading for me today. :rolleyes: (and of course it starts working a couple minutes after I post this).

This is the build thread so far. I assume most have seen it.


Right now I'm fucking around with the lathe in the middle of my shop trying to build a motor mount for it that isn't a massive waste of space like the original one. I've got the tubes bent and the hinge made, just need to do all the little pain in the ass stuff like making tabs in the right places to hold the motor, transmission, switch, etc.

While I was fucking around on Google Drive I found a zip of all the pics my brother and I took when I bought the lathe. I'll post them up tonight after work.
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Finally went through the pics from when I got the lathe 2yr ago.

Here's from the original CL ad. IIRC I paid $400.

The date on those pics was 5/22/18 so that's when I saw the ad. I went to get it the week of July 4 2018. It was in this guy's heavy truck shop. He was getting rid of it because his other one was better. Mine has the bigger chuck though. Here's pics of his shop and other lathe.

He even had a normal size (under 2000sf) house on the property. This was somewhere about an hour northwest of Bangor. I hope to live like that one day.

He said his skid steer really didn't like lifting the lathe all at once. We took the legs off and stuck it on some cribbing in a box truck, tied it down only at the rear and then drove to central MA and did a high precision parking job.

Also I'm pretty sure this was the last time the pipe bender got any use until when I took it out a few weeks ago to make the motor mount for the lathe.

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Here's all the pics we took once we got it home. I think my brother was the photographer for most/all of this. We found a nice bunch of chips under the carriage. Granted those might be more than a century worth but I think they justify putting way wipers on the "nice to have" list. We took some disassembly pics of the wiring and the apron. The transmission is a T96 so that gives you an idea of when this lathe was last touched. I want to eventually upgrade to have a 4spd mounted under the headstock and driving a three step pulley for more speed range but that is a long time off. The bicycle was chilling outside the Uhaul place where we returned the truck at ~1am after having it for close to 48hr. At that time my white Legacy was in the garage for a timing job. This week it's in the garage for crash damage. Funny how things come full circle.

And from there I didn't touch it until this spring. Read the other thread if you want to see about that. Right now I'm building a transmission and motor mount that's a lesser waste of valuable space.
Picked up a 15hp motor for the lathe last night. Despite having a totally worn the fuck out steering shaft the Aerostar makes a great rural highway cruising vehicle. No way in hell I'm gonna use it straight away. I have to build/buy a better phase converter and make a mount to stick the motor and transmission under the lathe so it doesn't waste tons of space. The seller was trying to clean out a garage bay and insisted I take a bunch of electrical disconnect boxes.

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Haven't done jack shit. All the shitboxes need work so the motor mount for the lathe has just been sitting there waiting for me to tack the motor plate.

Brought a 240 home. Here's me test fitting for motor mounts.
How are you planning on mounting the motor underneath the lathe? Go any links to a setup like this? I have a similar lathe and the previous owner installed the motor off the back causing it to sit at an angle and eat up space. I have room to install overhead like yours, but am interested in how you plan to install everything below. Awesome lathe!
Kinda hard to explain but I'm gonna have a flat belt pulley shaft under the existing one and I'm gonna drive that with the motor and a transmission for gear reduction. It helps that this is a decently large lathe giving me room to mount stuff.
Not really any progress. Been wrenching on shitboxes and doing house stuff every weekend. This weekend I went to my parents place and grabbed a little old mill I'd left in their garage. Aerostar hauled it and five totes full of car parts like a champ. :laughing:

The little dolly I made for the lathe worked great for this too. One we got it balanced my 70yo dad had no problem moving it around.

And in case anyone is wondering how much a 30yo craftsman portable work table to hold. :flipoff2:


So I picked up a small front end loader to help around the house/shop and to build me a new garage when the time comes (5+yr, don't hold your breath).

First we had to drag it out of the mud from the seller's back yard which involved a lot of screwing around with steel plates since we only had a 2wd solid tired fork lift to work with.

To get it on the trailer we used the fork lift to pick the trailer up until the tail was on the ground, then we stuck some cribbing under the front and chocked it. Then between the forklift pushing and a come-along we got it onto the trailer with relatively little drama.


Then we wasted an hour waiting for my helper to get a compressor. The trailer came with like 5psi in the left rear which wasn't gonna work. The truck absolutely sucked. It hunted gears the whole time and always wanted to be in too high a gear despite being in tow/haul mode. We hit the scale on the way home. It was 14k and change. Trailer tracked straight as an arrow on the highway.

Once we got it home we unloaded it the same way. I chocked the trailer and stuck a bottle jack under the tongue (still attached to the truck) until the tail hit the ground. We had to use a little wood cribbing to prevent from crushing the gate since there was no mud and leaves to sink into on my street. We rolled it down using the come-along with an extra strap for safety and some rubber chocks in front of it. And yes, the dents in the tailgate and bed rails were there before we got it. I'm not stupid enough to try and tie down to the rails anyway. :flipoff2:





And that's where it sat Saturday night. Sunday afternoon I rolled the brown Subaru out of the garage and rolled this into it's place. In a perfect world I'd have it running in time for snow this winter but since I live in reality I'll be lucky if I'm moving snow next winter with it.
I just pulled this propane carb off the Hough. Engine is a IH C135 or at least of that family. Carb bore is approx 1.25". Intake bore is approx 1.75" and the propane kit came with a reducer adapter. Engine is in the 30-40hp ballpark.

Carb is an updraft carb and draws in the side. Looking from the top down with the input at 12:00 the throttle lever is on the right side.

Any reason I can't run a Chinese aftermarket copy of a Zenith like this?


I clearly have a Bridgeport so it's not like the bolt holes not lining up is an issue.

In case anyone was wondering the Husky brand shelves they sell at Home Depot are not in fact good to 1500lb per shelf like they say they are. They might tolerate it if it's bags of concrete and you stack them toward the edges but the tab on the bottom of the shitty stamped cross-members can't keep the rails vertical.

So I spent Sunday evening building cross-members that don't suck out of 100yo pipes and scrap bed frames.
That loader is adorable but I have a feeling it was meant to be used indoors on a hard floor hence the propane and 2wd.
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Yeah. The loader is definitely supposed to be a paved surface machine. Good thing there's only like a 20ft triangle of my property that isn't paved or hard pack.

Anyone have any idea what price I should sell the propane conversion stuff for? I'm thinking $200 since it comes with two tanks.

Tanks should easily be $50 apiece if the hydro is current and they're not labeled as lease/rental. I'd sell the tanks locally and throw the rest of the stuff on ebay as you'll be more likely to find someone that's looking specifically for that setup.
I listed the propane conversion for $200. I mostly just want it gone. Not looking to get top dollar. I'll knock it down to a hundred if nobody bites in a couple weeks.

I bought most of the stuff I need in order to completely re-wire this machine. Gonna do all new gauges and add a tach and swap the ammeter out for a volt meter while I'm at it. Service manual has the complete wiring diagram. I'm add the normal compliment of lights people expect on a road going vehicle. Since everything is LED and super low amperage these days I can direct wire everything and not screw around with relays.

Posting this here so I don't lose it.

Bought a the "1500lb/shelf, 6000lb overall" Husky shelf from Home Depot for my garage

The retaining tab on the middle crossmember bent and popped out and the rails started twisting after the 3rd 300 which is decently under 1500lb A few feet of old steam piping and bed frame later and some proper cross-members fixed that problem.

Spent all fucking day working on the motor and gearbox mount for the lathe. Spent way the fuck too long notching pipe and whatnot to get it to fold super tight over the headstock. All the welding is done except for the mount for the idler pullets (parts aren't here yet).

Started on a shelf for the area near the table. Turns out the yellow tips are a little too hot for my foundation. I guess it has less granite fill in it than the retaining wall.
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