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Offline DavidA

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My Red Lathe
« on: September 29, 2013, 02:52:09 PM »
Trying to get some pics on here.  Be patient.


Dave.

I need to resize these pics. So I'll leave it as it is for now.

Anyone recognise the make ?

Click on the file name to get the expanded view.
« Last Edit: September 29, 2013, 03:43:05 PM by dsquire »

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Re: My Red Lathe
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2013, 03:51:58 PM »
oooh nice.  :thumbup:

I used to have a motorbike that colour of maroon. A 1954 BSA C11G 250cc ohv single - had the luxury of a sprung frame, no swinging arms then!
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Re: My Red Lathe
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2013, 04:11:26 PM »
Yep, nice little lathe and the colour suits it ...  :bow:
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C11G ??? Awesome power compared with my once owned C10L ... that was green though .. sold it to a mate who ran it for donkeys years to and from his work. He bought it the Saturday before I went in the RAF on the Monday in August 1962, still running it in 1987.
 
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Re: My Red Lathe
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2013, 05:05:51 PM »
Mine dropped an exhaust valve, knocked a hole in the piston  :(  I pushed it from Hendon to Chelsea which was home, replaced the valve with one I had, couldn't afford a piston so I screwed an 1/8" plate of duralumin , filed to shape, on the piston crown with 4BA countersunk screws and araldite and drove it for several months like that. Sold it eventually to a school friend in the full knowledge of the repair. As far as I know it held up for at least a couple of years. It ran better with slightly higher compression and amazingly wasn't noticeably out of balance.

(I'll go away now - sorry to hijack the op's thread  :bow:  )
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Re: My Red Lathe
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2013, 05:38:02 PM »
Boy, that's a knock-out! More modern lathes look good in gray, but that red really does justice to such a classically shaped and finely finished lathe. A beauty!  :headbang:
I love it when a Plan B comes together!
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Re: My Red Lathe
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2013, 06:25:39 AM »
Thanks for the compliments.  I do rather like that colour.  For anyone interested it is Blackfriers 'Burgundy' enamel.

As you can see there are still a few bits to paint, But otherwise it is done. 
All I have to do now is connect up the motor and layshaft asembly.

Then I can do some actual work on it.

I also was into motor bikes back in the sixties. But mostly they were black and chrome.I started out with a 1948 Royal Enfield Model G 350.  My last bike (in 1982) was a Moto Guzzi Californian 850.

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Re: My Red Lathe
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2013, 10:31:08 AM »
I think gray is considered a good color for lathes because it's closer to the color of the grime, scratches and wear they accumulate!   :) But I guess the counter argument might be that a highly finished lathe has pride of appearance, and so encourages a greater degree cleaning and surface maintenance.

Yours looks great, to me!
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Re: My Red Lathe
« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2013, 02:22:28 PM »
There is one problem that doesn't show in the pictures.

If you look at the tailstock end of the leadscrew you will see that it extends out by about three inch.  When I got the machine it finished flush with the end of the rear mounting bearing.  But as you can see,  the machine has no dials nor a handle to wind the leadscrew with.
So I decided to bore out the rear bearing block and fit the extention.  Then add a handle (done that) and make up a nice big dial.

Problem was,  because I was doing the boring at work in the lunch break I rushed it and the resulting hole isn't quite true. It is a good fit on the leadscrew. But if I  fit the taper doweland tighten up the two bearing retaining screws  I can't turn the leadscrew.

Investigation has shown where the error is,  and I need to put a good fitting piece of bar through the bearing block,  clamp this down to the mill bed and leveling up the block as neccesary,  skim the block back to parrallel with the bar.  Then add a small shim (about ten thou) and things should be ok.

Dave.

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Re: My Red Lathe
« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2013, 06:44:24 AM »
Dave, did you brush paint the lathe, or spray it? -Andy

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Re: My Red Lathe
« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2013, 07:28:12 AM »
oooh nice.  :thumbup:

I used to have a motorbike that colour of maroon. A 1954 BSA C11G 250cc ohv single - had the luxury of a sprung frame, no swinging arms then!

Must of had it's cousin then, same colour and all, looks like it had been packed of to the penal colony, mine was a ZC11G.

Gutless wonder that bike, frame was far too heavy for the tiny motor's output.

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Re: My Red Lathe
« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2013, 07:46:34 AM »
.... mmm .... I wouldn't have said mine was gutless. Even two up it was quite spritely and fast enough to break the speed limit with ease

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Re: My Red Lathe
« Reply #11 on: October 05, 2013, 12:36:38 PM »
Andy,

Brush painted it.

First a coat of red lead,  then the colour.

Dave