With A Little Help From My Friends

It’s home now.

She needs a bath in the worst way.

But it’s in the garage and sitting on it’s table.

My buddy was waiting for me to call, already had the engine hoist loaded up and was here in fifteen minutes.

I parked my truck out on the street, dropped the tailgate and looped a long strap around it. He backed up, I flipped the other end of the strap around his hitch ball and he slowly pulled forward and dragged the thing out on to the tailgate.

Then we unloaded the hoist, he made some improvements to my sling rigging, we hooked it up and lifted it out.

Luck smiled on me again, The Kid showed up just as we set it on the legs of the hoist and the three of us pushed it all up the driveway and into the garage.

I had moved a bunch of crap and cleaned off the top of the table while I was waiting for my buddy to get here so at that point we just picked it up, centered the table under it, stuck a couple of the bolts up from the bottom to line it up and set it down. Then it was the reverse of getting the straps under it in the first place. Pry the nose up with a bar, slide them out to the end, get another bite and pull them out.

It’s HOME now.

My sincere thanks for all the well wishes and offers to help with things.

Since my sleep schedule is now 180 out from normal folks, I was up at 4 this morning when my check got deposited and I went straight to Ebay to get a few things coming.

First things first,

A ER 32 /MT3 collet chuck with M12 threads in the back.

I already have the ER32 collets.

Then a couple more collet holders to put in the vise.

I have a couple of End Mills around here somewhere and it’s going to be a couple of weeks before that stuff gets here but there is already some kind of holder in the quill right now.

It’s going to take me a couple weeks of just cleaning and lubricating things before I can use it anyway. Heck I don’t even know if the motor works yet. I’m going to have to go check that here in a bit.

I’m betting it does.

This thing has had some use for sure but I don’t see any signs of A-BUSE so I am really hopeful this will be a straight up cleaning job with a thorough evaluation after that.

I am still wound up pretty tight about actually having a real machine and I have some things to do real quick so I am going to sign off for now.

31 thoughts on “With A Little Help From My Friends

  1. SWEET!!! I see a whole shitload of way scraping in your future!!! lol!!!! Do you think you can salvage them, or, will you have to have them resurfaced? Either way, Phil, you may have a GEM there!! Good luck. If i was closer, I’d come out and help ya, but, there’s a thousand miles between us, and that’s a long trip for a beer and some tools!!! lol!!!

    You can do it. I’ve learned a lot about you, and when you set your mind to something… it will happen!!

    Best wishes in your new project!!!

    Taz…

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    • I was told once in a not so complimentary tone by my Step Grandfather that I could be quite “efficient” when I wanted to be.
      He also noticed the same thing you mention.
      When I set my mind to it I can be a ruthless little bastard about making things happen if I feel it is warranted.

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    • 12mm, something else I am going to have to get my hands on.
      I have some steel on order to make some but it won’t be here until next week.
      I may cut down a couple of the 1/2 inch ones I already have just to get going.

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  2. i just remembered this for way back, i was showed how USED old nasty tranny fluid is great for
    getting rust and crud free. the guy who showed me this, just put the parts that needed it in a huge
    barrel and let them be for 1-2 days or so, after that, the crud came off with little to no fuss.
    that was back in the early 1970’s so, i not sure the new stuff works the same, new tranny fluid
    is great for lots of stuff, but the old stuff works on rust/crud he was a very old school nut buster.
    even used old motor oil to treat his firewood to get a better burn out of it- outside boiler
    neat guy overall, he died while i was away in the army.. i still have the very old henry ford trade
    school book he gave me. and that was a very long time ago.

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  3. I’ve found that 7448 Scotch Brite pads, with plenty of penetrating oil (Blaster/Kroil/WD40/etc) , work really well at getting surface rust off of finished surfaces. The hand pads have the extra benefit of not removing base material, like a stone or scraper can.
    I’ve used wet/dry sandpaper, wrapped around a vise parallel, to clean up precision surfaces that had to stay absolutely flat. Just keep the paper saturated with penetrating oil, moving diagonally, to avoid scratch lines.
    BTW – much jealous of your vertical bandsaw and disc/belt sander.

    Leigh
    Whitehall, NY

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  4. Not to piss in your Cheerios Phil, saw this over at The Captains Journal:
    H.R.127 – To provide for the licensing of firearm and ammunition possession and the registration of firearms, and to prohibit the possession of certain ammunition.117th Congress(2021-2022) | Get alerts
    BillHide Overview
    Sponsor: Rep. Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX-18] (Introduced 01/04/2021)
    Committees: House – Judiciary
    Latest Action: House – 01/04/2021 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary. (All Actions)

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    • WHERE CAN ONE SIGN UP FOR THE ALERTS?? THIS ISN’T GOING TO SIT WELL WITH TEXANS.,.. THIS LITTLE BLACK BITCH ISN’T GOING TO LIVE MUCH LONGER, IF SHE KEEPS THIS SHIT UP, I GUARANTEE IT…
      SOMEONE WILL END HERE STUPID SHIT… SHE WAS THE ONE WHEN SHE WENT TO VISIT NASA, AND SHE WAS SHOWN THE PICTURES FROM MARS, SHE ASKED THEM IF THEY COULD GO AND SHOW HERE WHERE THE ASTRONAUTS LANDED… WHAT A DUMB ASS NIGGLET….

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      • AP, it is under the “Congress.gov”, Legislation heading. I couldn’t find a sign up button, but you can access the site and it will tell you what Bills have been brought forward and from whom and it’s history if it has been listed long enough. I go there from time to time to see what our betters are upto, kinda better then word of mouth or second or third string of mouth.

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    • Reminds of the time when my son and I were hauling a piano up to our house from south Texas that my 85 year old mother didn’t want any more. He called a bunch of his musician buddies while we were on the way and said “meet us at the house, we’re doing a piano thing”.

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  5. That is so cool! I wish I had your skills, but I went a different direction. However, I can appreciate what you do and am looking forward to seeing you refurbish this machine and getting it running.

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  6. Congratulations and good luck with it. May you turn things out in style once it is cleaned up.

    Just like my workshop. you’re going to have to spend a little time to clear out an area for anything new.

    Hopefully we all will live through what is coming down the pike.

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  7. Good score Phil. I used a few Hyundai turnining centers that had what looked like milling machine tables instead of turrets.
    If you need advise about making tool holders, let me know

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