While I played games with the countershaft bearing, I started prepping
the base for painting. Here it is about ready for priming.
While cleaning the ways, I unearthed the "12", and, I think I found the
remains of the text, '14" swing'- though its mostly ground off to
flatten the surface for the dealer's placard.
And here is a shot of the ways in a somewhat better condition.
There is a discernable ridge on the right-hand carriage way in the
expected place. The top of the way is pretty well flat, the ridge
is apparent as an undercut below the top of the V way, where the
carriage bears. The left-hand carriage way is less noticably
worn. The tailstock ways are pretty good aside from the dings- as
usual just beneath where the chuck is located. This bed is
substantially more worn than my SB was, but only tests will show how
significant it is. I just love seeing the shiny ways emerge from
the dirt and grime.
Upper half of headstock, stripped. Holes plugged with twists of
paper. I don't know what the upside-down "2" is, it showed up
after all the old factory paint came off.
Workbench showing more headstock fun & games. I'm still
fooling with getting the bearing bored out. Its taking so long
because I have to go out to my father's and use his SB 9", so I get 1
pass per week and I'm going slowly so I don't open it up too
much. Overdo it and I'll have to bore out the whole thing and fit
a brand new bronze bushing... no thanks.