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Old 11-24-2014, 03:58 PM
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Nearly three years ago, I bought a 1967 Rockwell 14" Lathe as part of a lot of equipment. This weekend we finally brought it home. It had been stored in a friends shop while I built mine and just as we finish up the shop, he decided to move. Good timing. Haha. The quick specs on the lathe: Bought new in 67' by a indy car fab shop, 14x40 (I believe), 2HP single phase, variable speed.

Moving the lathe was... interesting. Two of the helpers I brought with were riggers and decided that dragging the lathe was the best way to get it out of the corner of the shop it lived in the last 40+ years. I was... concerned to say the least. I had read about dragging as a method, but with how top heavy these machines are, I was worried. Thankfully due to the smooth floor and some good rigging, the lathe slid just over 30ft with no issues. We picked it up using the shops built in I-beam and a chain fall- rigging off the bed's webbing. Unloading it was quite the ordeal and I'm glad there's no photos, haha. We backed the trailer in between our two post car lift, swung the arms in, chained them together, rigged off the webbing again and picked the lathe right off the trailer and drove it out. After that, it was bolted to two 4x4's and two floor jacks were just barely able to pick it up and slide it to it's temporary home.

(If you are wondering about the unfinished wall, it's for the loft that's going in this week.)

Now I'm a complete novice when it comes to this machine. It came with boxes of tooling, three chucks, backplate, steady rest, quick change tool holder, ect. I'm not even sure what some of it does. Thankfully I know a retired machinist who has offered to come over and go through the machine with me. I know one piece is broken- the dog that engages the power cross feed. I found the broken chunk, now I just need to find someone to braze it for me. I started cleaning and found the RPM gauge needs a new belt. Outside of some damage from someone feeding the cross slide into the chuck, it's in amazing shape.

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Old 11-24-2014, 04:28 PM
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Alright, another newb machinist with a new to them lathe thread... Fun times, and looking forward to watching this one grow.
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Old 11-24-2014, 04:59 PM
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Opps, forgot to post before I walked away to lunch. Here's the rest of the pictures.
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Old 11-24-2014, 05:03 PM
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Boxes of tooling.
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Nice looking piece of equipment you got here. How did manage to wait two years to go get it? Would have drove me crazy to wait that long,
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Old 11-24-2014, 05:33 PM
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Nice looking piece of equipment you got here. How did manage to wait two years to go get it? Would have drove me crazy to wait that long,
We had no where to store it, except a uninsulated 1890's barn (which has put a nice patina on all my other machine tools ). We figured it would be better to leave it in a clean(ish), dry, heated, insulated building- especially since the storage was free.
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