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    Your lathe is from 1947. That style serial...

    Your lathe is from 1947. That style serial started that year, that's why there are only 4 digits before the letters. Info here:
    South Bend Lathe Co.

    Serial number list here, scroll to 1947. You...
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    With those spindle caps you have copper bearings....

    With those spindle caps you have copper bearings. The two set screws in the middle of the cap have to do with bearing adjustment. Don't remove cap without easing that adjustment, I believe. Also...
  3. For a little update. I let it sit overnight with...

    For a little update. I let it sit overnight with the weight on it. In that short time it pulled in a little bit. I'd call it about .00075" out on tail stock end now.

    Checking level both ways:
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  5. Fine tuning the leveling of tail stock end was a...

    Fine tuning the leveling of tail stock end was a bit trickier. Less weight on that end. This is where using bolts or studs driven into the concrete would help. You could force any bed twist out in...
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    $1250 is like a wild weekend at the bar ! :D ...

    $1250 is like a wild weekend at the bar ! :D

    Now you have not just a tool, but a Made in the USA machine. Investing in your future and family. Maybe your wife will like that explanation ! :D
    ...
  7. $426000 sounds like city center prices, or...

    $426000 sounds like city center prices, or outlying areas with some acreage. That price is generally upper middle class in a pretty decent suburb, though they can range from let's say $280k to...
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    A little more light reading. :D In another...

    A little more light reading. :D

    In another thread I linked a short list of 16" threads that guys overhauled or went through a bit. You can see that list here:
    New guy with new lathe
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    We feast on pics and updates, like Gollum needs...

    We feast on pics and updates, like Gollum needs his ring :D. So keep posting with updates and pics.

    If you give the serial number, on flat way, tail stock end we can tell which year it is. Based...
  10. Yea, its pretty tight. I was being lazy in...

    Yea, its pretty tight. I was being lazy in description :D, just giving everyone a rough idea. That's why I said "what I'm calling. . ." But no joke, probably spent 2 hours adjusting levels, a c hair...
  11. I have previously adjusted both my levels. Having...

    I have previously adjusted both my levels. Having got them dialed in as far as I'm willing to spend time with them :D. You could make a lifetime career of trying to get dead zero on them. I got both...
  12. Those are excellent, and the 1/2" thread would be...

    Those are excellent, and the 1/2" thread would be a perfect fit for my 16's. Might opt for that on my other 16".

    This is a lathe I need to sell though. As it is, I expect I might break even on...
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    Our lathes are close in year. Not all had wipers...

    Our lathes are close in year. Not all had wipers back then, including engine lathe tail stocks.

    The turret tail stock on my 2H did not either. It was on my mind during the build because I can't...
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    For the wife, I find casual comments help: "Did...

    For the wife, I find casual comments help: "Did you lose weight ?" , "are those new clothes, sure looks pretty" :D

    On the wear, on short length cuts, let's say 2" or 3". You will probably hold...
  15. It turned out unnecessary, but I used a black...

    It turned out unnecessary, but I used a black marker to mark the ways and the levels. When splitting hairs I did'nt want to keep getting fouled up. As it turned out, I cleaned and de-burred...
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    Bronze is better, particularly c932. It has a...

    Bronze is better, particularly c932. It has a little lead in the mixture. The lead has anti friction properties which make it preferred in bearing material. Nearly all the shafts in apron turn very...
  17. Looking to finish trimming this out. When using...

    Looking to finish trimming this out. When using test bars I may want to lift head stock and shim, so I don't want to block the left side head stock clamp by installing the gears on left end.
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  18. Getting close to starting back on this. Picked up...

    Getting close to starting back on this. Picked up some oil I plan to use for this, and I think will become my "default" oil of choice for most related items. Going with DTE Heavy, which is equivilent...
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    I'd say not just contact, but a touch of pressure...

    I'd say not just contact, but a touch of pressure also. You don't want fine grit slipping past lightly touching felts.

    Also don't worry if you feel you drilled wrong. If the pre-cut felt feels...
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    No doubt, but consider the mindset back then. As...

    No doubt, but consider the mindset back then. As big as it is, bet you its rated for 3/4hp to 1hp. :D
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    Grizzly will sell serial card info, but not...

    Grizzly will sell serial card info, but not dimension prints. Not sure if they have them or not, they just listed they won't sell them.

    Your best bet is finding someone's particular repair of a...
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    I like that motor sitting on the floor. Wonder if...

    I like that motor sitting on the floor. Wonder if it was the original, and if it has now been replaced.
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    Yes, that's right. The machine is lopsided heavy...

    Yes, that's right. The machine is lopsided heavy on headstock side. By picking off the spindle step pully you keep the weight pointed down below it.

    You could use fork of a fork lift on bed, but...
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    Based on 1.5hp and 2 3/8" spindle thread I'd say...

    Based on 1.5hp and 2 3/8" spindle thread I'd say its a 16".

    If possible I'd use a lower trailer, so I'm not lifting as high. Don't know your bed length, but a 16" x 6' is about 2500 lbs.

    I...
  25. Later No 13's, 1950's, used a pump to...

    Later No 13's, 1950's, used a pump to automatically lube ways.

    Your reservior are essentially traps. It would require lifting the table periodically to clean them out. As assuming not a high use...
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