I'm wondering if there's a way to convert a Cincinnati Follower Mill to become a standard knee mill. This thing has a hydraulic pump and some stuff, but I'll remove that and maybe add handwheels to the bed.
I don't know much about it yet.
If this thing uses hydraulic cylinders to drive the axes, it's a non-starter for conversion. If it uses hydraulic motors or electric servomotors to turn leadscrews, it might be possible to convert it, but you'd be signing up for a substantial design/build project. If you don't already have a substantial mill, this should not be your first mill.
But it's probably just a tracer mill. Leave it alone. If you want a bridgeport, just get one.
btw, I think I could make better money with a 2-30 Gorton tracer than a Haas vmc these days. Specialize in broken antique stuff, they send you the pieces, you glue them together, toss a chunk of 6061 on the table and knock out a new piece that's the same as the pre-broken old piece. No castings, no design work, no programming, it's exactly identical, I think there's a niche there.
Yeah, leave it alone, it's cute the way it is and actually useful to someone. Get a Bridgeport or a Gorton or a Sharp or anything that's ready to go and maybe put this in the for sale section, if it's yours. Maybe there's some old goat who can see the value.
I'd be making harley parts with it. And osca parts, and offy parts, and indian parts ... you could make money with it the way it is.