I recorded the process of restoring my 13" lathe. Here is a compilation from each part.
SculptyWorks (Sep 1, 2021)
I think I'm glad I got a Heavy 10L instead of the 13" model. I was able to move it by myself, with the use of an engine hoist and some straps. Just subscribed to your youtube channel. I'll be watching this a bunch, I think. I've got about maybe a third of the lathe disassembled and sort of degreased and stripped. I'm hoping to spend some time today constructing a tank to dunk the 4-1/2' bed for electrolytic rust removal. Got a couple of plastic 55gallon drums. Figure to cut the heads out, drill and sew the rims together with safety wire, and cut off part of the side to make it a tank with a cover. It will be interesting to see if its as easy as I hope it will be.
Mine spent about 5 years in a leaky barn before I got it. Though I am afraid to use a torch to get it apart! I did find a book on disassembly of the Heavy 10L, which also covers the 13" & 16" lathes, IIRC. Came with the replacement felts I'll need, too. Illion sells them on Amazon and Ebay. I've found it indispensable, so far.
Last edited by WmRMeyers; Jul 9, 2021 at 07:57 AM.
mylilmule (Jul 9, 2021)
The thing I like about South Bend Lathes is the simplicity of the mechanism. Taking it apart is pretty easy as long as the parts actually come apart. LOL.
I didn't have much rust on mine, but there were some parts that needed some "convincing" to dismantle. Don't be afraid of a little head, you just have to be careful how much heat you put into it. Plus, knowing if you are fighting a taper pin vs. rust. If you're uncomfortable with an oxy torch, get yourself a bottle of MAP gas (yellow instead of blue) and use a plumbers torch. Burns hotter than just propane, but not as hot as oxy.
I figure if I get the rust and cooked grease off it, it will come apart much more easily. And the book does a pretty good job of explaining how to disassemble it. Mine is a 1941, also, btw.
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