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    Default 1982 South Bend 13 capilary oiler problem. Please help.

    Hello all. In need of some help. I’m refurbishing my athe. I’m actually putting it all back together afer speding the last 2 years on and off taking it apart, cleaning, rewicking, and repainting it. I bought my wick set from ebay from the well known seller everyone here recommends.

    Today i’m at the headstock and i’m at the capillary oilers now. But i have a dilema. I drop the oilers into their holes and they disappear. Actually the are sitting a min of 1/8” short of the bearing journal casting. I saw videos online where they drop in and need to be pushed down a solid 5/8” of an inch with wire until the spindle is in place. I compared the length of my oilers with images on ebay and online, and they are the typical 2 1/8” length. I’m at a stand still and was hoping to be close to done in the next few days. I made the mistake of tossing the old oilers. It was honestly at least 1.5 years ago when i took the headstock apart, cleaned, and painted it.

    Were there 2 different capillary oiler lengths for these lathes? Why are my capillary oiler holes so deep? I have made no modifications to the headstock. I’m at a loss. Did i skip a step? Is there something else i am to be doing first?

    Any help would be great!. Thanks!

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    South Bend 13 Restoration

    I have no direct help for you, But here's a link to a restoration by Brad Jacob, and I think he covers the oilers......

    Don

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    I had to use wires to hold mine down during assembly. Maybe post some pictures and maybe someone can spot something. Also look up the seller on ebay and ask about multiple lengths.

    Ted

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    Typical 13 headstock. No different than anything i have seen online. Front hole at chuck 2 and 3/16. Hold at gear end 2 and 3/8! The wicks are only the standard 2 and 1/8 long! What gives. Ugh, figures cause everything else has gone almost perfectly. Sigh...

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    Just contact Mr. Brooks....he takes care of his customers.

    Worry not!

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    I shot him an email from here, no clue if it will reach him.. does anyone know his preferred method of contact? Does he take calls? Anyone have his number ?

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    If nothing else you can go through eBay.....might be contact info in the book too.

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    Just send him a message on eBay. He has been great to work with in the past and has even sold certain pieces I needed seoerately. It might be you were accidentally given the wrong ones. Just be patient for his response.

    By the way, does the number 87 mean anything to you?

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    87? Sorry i don’t get the reference.

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    I would have sworn Ive seen a version of your screen name (929) on another forum where 87 is a running joke. Same state, had an 80s model 13.

    False alarm. Carry on. Dont sweat the oilers.

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    Stretch the springs, and shove a little extra felt in the bottom?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hsracer201 View Post
    I would have sworn Ive seen a version of your screen name (929) on another forum where 87 is a running joke. Same state, had an 80s model 13.

    False alarm. Carry on. Dont sweat the oilers.
    thats me ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kitno455 View Post
    Stretch the springs, and shove a little extra felt in the bottom?

    allan
    I can’t risk the springs failing on such an important part. If i have to, i will place a slug of something down the hole first. A piece of steel rod, so i can get it with a magnet one day if need be. Ultimately something which will still allow capillary action of oil.

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    Heads up guys. An email via ebay got me in touch with steve. He is taking care of me. I guess it’s not the first time he heard of this. Longer cap wicks coming. I am waiting with the anticipation of a pubecent school boy...

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    Your have the bronze bearings, correct? According to the SB parts manual, the capillary oilers are the same on the 10L, 13", 14.5" and 16" models.

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    i have to wonder if they were originally made extra long and it was up to the owner to trim them to length.


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