Post By Mike C.
Need some help with old Lodge and Shipley
I recently bought an old Lodge and Shipley (vintage prior to 1920 is my guess based on the materials provided by John Oder) that I am hoping to clean up and restore. I've taken the compound off the slide and am looking to remove and clean up the compound screw and sliding surfaces but can't figure out how to do it and i don't want to risk cracking anything. The part where the screw is seated has some holes for what look like a spanner wrench but that area doesn't look like it is a separate piece...unfortunately i don't have a wrench that can fit there. any ideas? here are some photos.
Its a bushing, unscrews with a hook type pin spanner. Get comfortable with the idea working on old machines means making special tools that work.
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Thanks for the quick reply John.
Literally 5 minutes after posting this plea for help I went back to the garage and looked at the inside part of the compound where the screw is retained and realized that it was indeed a removable plug/bushing (i wasn't sure and didn't want to risk damage) so i improvised -a dowel pin and a couple of hammer whacks later i got it unscrewed.
I'll be posting more pics of my progress as it comes.
thanks again for the help and reference pics.
eBay is your friend when you are looking for old tools to work on an old machine. A quick search will find pin or hook spanners.
You can also get the "OEM" style service wrenches, which of course look cool with an antique machine. Wrenches like the ones for the square-headed bolts and setscrews are usually marked "Armstrong" or "Williams" and may be listed as such on eBay.
Don't forget the Flea Markets, if there are any in your area. The tools you want will be in "a box of rust" under the front of the vendor's table, as they are too low in value to justify table space. You have to kneel down and paw through the rust to find the ancient OEM tools.
Quick way to make a proper wrench to get those pin spanner bits loose... Use a square piece of scrap, bore a hole slightly larger than the part it its around, drill a hole in the side and insert the dowel pin. Turn with big crescent, Ford, pipe wrench, etc... Doesn't mash out the hole and doesn't leave jaw marks on it.