Saturday, December 16, 2017

Sidney, First Assembly

This morning I put the rack on the bed.  Cleaned out the pin holes with a round file and put anti seize on the pins.

Previously I assembled the carriage but it will have to be disassembled to move it onto the bed.  And there will be lots trial fits to get the shims just right.


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Sidney Photos, legs and the headstock cover









Started snowing about 8AM but did not amount to much.




Skim coated the visible part of the first leg.


















Removed the excess with a 40 grit 5" random orbital sander.  This is quite an improvement over what it was.

Primed it again and set it aside for paint day.































First image is after sanding with 40 grit on the RO sander.  The following image is after body putty and another coat of primer.  Adding glaze to fill some defects and refining the shape in a few places.




Did a bit of bondo on the bed and lots of glazing to fill small holes on the backside.

Shop was getting cold so I shut down for today.



Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Sidney Photos, Painting the Bed

I have to ask myself why I putting this much time into the paint job?   Can't rightly say.  maybe because I can.   Maybe because when its done I will feel better about it if it looks good.  Maybe I just love rabbit holes.



Applied bondo over primer.















Sanded bondo and added glaze to a few imperfections.  After sanding the glaze it looks about the same as prior to adding it.


The bondo was then spot sprayed with primer.
Sanded the tailstock end of bed and primed it.  No images. 

Both legs now have a coat of primer over the Japanning.   It takes days for that first coat and the Japanning to dry.  The first application of Citric Strip takes most of the pain off.  Then you wipe what with a petroleum product, I use Kerosene.  Not a good thing as the Kerosene and any additional application of stripper makes the Japanning mushy.   Need to work on this process.

Went back over after dark and painted the front of the bed.  



December 13


A few days ago I stripped the paint from both sides of the bed.  Flipped the bed over, sanded and primed it.



Also primed the headstock casting and its cover.




Done for tonight.









Thursday, December 7, 2017




A small rag used to supply PB Blaster to the B&S's stuck rear chuck backing plate.   Yup seems to have two.

Same treatment for the Sidney's faceplate on the right.

Sidney Hand Wheels and Ball Cranks

When I'm not up to real restoration or its too cold to use chemical I have been polishing these.

The ball crank and the spinner on the hand wheel are the same metal.  When I polished the hand wheels I did a lame job on the spinner thinking it would not polish well.  Will need to correct that.























This afternoon I polished the hand wheel spinners and the compound ball crank.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Found Numbers on Sidney Ways

While doing additional cleanup on the Sidney's ways I found the numbers.

Now to find out if there is any meaning to them.

Brown & Sharp #6 bearings.

Took another look at the B&S #6's spindle today.  Both bearings turn.   The front can be slid down the shaft and look to be in salvageable condition.  You can see the journals through slots in the bearings.  The bottom one is black maybe rusted, could be a problem.   The back turns but has no place to slide to.  The bearings have 2 deep slits and one cut through the bearing.   I made wicks out of rags to provide PB Blaster to the chuck backing plates stuck to both spindles.

Top Bearing Journal