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    I have had this lathe for about 13 years. It got buried with several other machines in the back of my shed. I purchased them when shops were going cnc and everything else was considered obsolete. The guy that sold it to me called it junk. Now he wants it back and a Kearney tracker 2 D. I bought them both for scrap price. I asked why he would want that old junk. I told him I needed the machines. I just got a building large enough to set them up. The lathe still shows scrapings the full length of the ways.
    Anyway the lathe is a 16" about 1942. ( Did these lathes have hardened ways? ) I don't see anything in the description in the publication reprints.
    The serial# is 133608
    There is also another number stamped before the serial number.
    M.C.1555 A-1. Does this second number mean anything that you know of?
    I'm wondering if the MC stands for marine corps.
    I guess I should buy the 25 dollar card. I read a thread of members criticizing others paying money for the machine history. We're all on a different page with these machines. I am interested in its history.
    Do I need to email the serial number to the Wells website to get it on his list?
    I.will get pictures soon.
    I see I'm still in the plastic category under my username. I'm heavy iron or nothing
    Thanks Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by mllud22 View Post
    I have had this lathe for about 13 years. It got buried with several other machines in the back of my shed. I purchased them when shops were going cnc and everything else was considered obsolete. The guy that sold it to me called it junk. Now he wants it back and a Kearney tracker 2 D. I bought them both for scrap price. I asked why he would want that old junk. I told him I needed the machines. I just got a building large enough to set them up. The lathe still shows scrapings the full length of the ways.
    Anyway the lathe is a 16" about 1942. ( Did these lathes have hardened ways? ) I don't see anything in the description in the publication reprints.
    The serial# is 133608
    There is also another number stamped before the serial number.
    M.C.1555 A-1. Does this second number mean anything that you know of?
    I'm wondering if the MC stands for marine corps.
    I guess I should buy the 25 dollar card. I read a thread of members criticizing others paying money for the machine history. We're all on a different page with these machines. I am interested in its history.
    Do I need to email the serial number to the Wells website to get it on his list?
    I.will get pictures soon.
    I see I'm still in the plastic category under my username. I'm heavy iron or nothing
    Thanks Mike
    13 years!!!! does he realize how much that comes out to in just storage fees ? lol

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    I have five acres with a couple old sheds and a new 56x60 building. I had a 24x24 filled up with machines and no room to walk.
    I paid for storage once in my life and thought about what I was paying and let the storage company have it. I called them and said its yours. Household stuff that could be bought new for the price of a years storage fees.
    I don't people think about that.

    I am trying to get set up to play with my toys. It's been hard looking at these machines and not being able to use them.
    I did pay a price putting these machines in my work area. I worked on my cars outside because the machines had priority. I think I have a disease when it comes to old cast iron. I have lived on the same plot for 32 years and have collected a bunch. I had no intention of the machines taking up my work space for so long. Stage 4 battle and other health issues got in the way.


    Those old machines were going cheap around 2004. You have to pick when the picking is good. There are guys that do prototype work looking for that stuff now. And some that let those old machines go want them back. They thought the real estate in floor space was worth more than the machine. Maybe so.
    I would like to find a couple parts to make in my retirement. I'm not set up yet but almost. My body is used and abused and don't move like it use too.

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    My father had some surplus shipyard tooling, reamers and such. Stamped usmc I asked him if it meant Marine corp. He was air corp in ww2, he said it was a maritime commission mark. His work bench was surplus drawer units for a base. Painted battle ship gray from the Richmond California Liberty ship yards run by kaiser. Now a national park/museum.
    He also had a store of cloth covered wire that came from the worlds fair at Treasure island. He used it overhead to supply power to run a waterpump in our windmill shed. He did not trust the insulation so it was regulated to tieing up bushes and fixing fences etc.
    Bill D.

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    Bill
    Thanks for the information. USMC make more sense for the marines. That's a bit of interesting bit of information. Get all the history you can from your father. When there gone so is the history. Mine taught me a lot
    I grew up on a farm with miles of that old wire in the house and barns. The insulation just falls off with a touch. I use to find mice laying across it fried from chewing on it. It had asbestos in it.


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