I've got an FP3 that's about a 1970 vintage. I went through it and replaced gears and details. When I bought it the universal table hinges were broken. I tig welded them with nickel rod, and reamed and bushed them. They broke a few years later. Now I'm looking at the universal table that one of the members is selling. It seems the hinges may not really be a significant factor in the function of the table once it's all tightened down. Do you feel this older machine is even worth putting anything into. I know the vertical spindle needs rebuilding. So if I put four or five grand into spindle and table, I would have a Deckel. I know you are a thrifty kind of person, like me, but that perhaps I'm missing something major that might be worth another person's thoughts.
I've even brainstormed how to eliminate the table hinges and retrofit something else. But it's a tough one. And even a careful weld on that thin casting is just not very strong.