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American Pacemaker info needed

My Pacemaker is 1967. Came with the original paperwork saying it sold new to a gold mine in Arizona. When I looked it up I found American Tool Works was stripped and broken up right about that time. 70's Pacemaker sounds suspicious.

They went thorugh several owners. The final breakup didn't happen until the late 1980's, when White-Sundtrands got the remainders after a "hedge fund" corporate raiders group stripped them for the two blocks of downtown Cincinnati they owned. They were still making brand new designs until the mid-80's ? I had a 78 and an 80. Their last nc machine was a beast : four axis, bazllion horsepower, weighed as much as mt rushmore.
 
Here's a pic of what I think it may look like, the lathe belongs to user 'tailstock4'. It sits up above the vee rather than in front of it.
None of my carriage stops are factory-made. I made both of them. The little one on the tailstock side of the carriage is to help hold the carriage position during heavy cuts. My machine has Turcite under the saddle and the saddle lock by itself won’t hold it.

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here ya go, enjoy!

this came with the '78, also has the "Fisher Body division General Motors" tag on it. When we acquired the lathe it was packed full of brass and bronze chips to the point of stiff movement of the carriage and cross slide.
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I'm going to be downsizing my shop at the end of the year and this machine will be available for sale, if anyone is interested. It will come with a Dorian CA post and some holder for tooling. The motor starter was updated and has reversing function, although not currently wired for it.

2000rpm, 10hp, D1-6, MT4 in the tail. Machine has been great for me, just losing the room for it. I'll post a formal ad closer to the actual need-gone date but this group seemed interested in this machine so I wanted to let you all know just in case.
 

I'm going to be downsizing my shop at the end of the year and this machine will be available for sale, if anyone is interested. It will come with a Dorian CA post and some holder for tooling. The motor starter was updated and has reversing function, although not currently wired for it.

2000rpm, 10hp, D1-6, MT4 in the tail. Machine has been great for me, just losing the room for it. I'll post a formal ad closer to the actual need-gone date but this group seemed interested in this machine so I wanted to let you all know just in case.
what did you do to update the starter so you could have reverse. i have needed reverse a few times and the only way i could do that on mine is swap some of the wires around. it would be nice to have a switch to do it
 
what did you do to update the starter so you could have reverse. i have needed reverse a few times and the only way i could do that on mine is swap some of the wires around.

Strange. Maybe yours got butchered at some point ? I've never seen one of the art deco ones that didn't have three push buttons - forward, reverse, stop

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Cole, I hope you're keeping it ? You can always make the car sleep out in the snow :)
 
Strange. Maybe yours got butchered at some point ? I've never seen one of the art deco ones that didn't have three push buttons - forward, reverse, stop

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Cole, I hope you're keeping it ? You can always make the car sleep out in the snow :)
Sorry man, she's probably gotta go.

The 3 'button' config, as I received mine was actually stop, start and an indicator lamp.
 
Sorry man, she's probably gotta go.

The 3 'button' config, as I received mine was actually stop, start and an indicator lamp.
My guess there is that reverse was another option, likely not an expensive one, but still an option. These lathes were surprisingly custom.
 
My guess there is that reverse was another option, likely not an expensive one, but still an option. These lathes were surprisingly custom.
That doesn't surprise me. These were serious capital investments in their day- spec'ing one to your needs is just good practice.

I'm going to be sad to see this machine go, it was a bit of a unicorn for me. I keep bumping this thread because I'd love to see it go to someone else that appreciates it and doesn't turn it into a polishing or welding lathe.
 
I also hope it finds a good home! I've got four American Pacemakers myself and watching for more, but I'm getting picky on the features as I completely ran out of space and have to pull a machine before I can add another.
 
Strange. Maybe yours got butchered at some point ? I've never seen one of the art deco ones that didn't have three push buttons - forward, reverse, stop

Mine is a START/STOP/INDICATOR LAMP

reverse would be a nice option to have. My lathe is a 1942 thats a 16x54 with a 2000rpm, 27 speed head stock and a 2 speed motor giving me 54 different speeds to pick from. I also have the lead screw reverse and the collet holder that bolts on the back above the coolant pump.
 








 
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