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1962 J-170 lathe restoration

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Earlier in the week I posted a question about lathe height and received quite a few helpful responses. I also had several people ask me to post photos of the restoration I've been working on since November so here's the before and after photos.

I have about a hundred images of the process which involved a complete tear down, stripping everything to bare steel and iron, rebuilt the motor, headstock, tailstock, banjo, replaced all the bearings, repaired the extrainous holes that were drilled into the cabinets over the years it was a school wood shop machine, filler for the cast iron to smooth out the roughness of the original casting, primer, paint etc.IMG_1079.jpgIMG_1118.jpg
 
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That looks great. The only thing I see left out is the red sticker under the switch, must be a decal. What is the brand?
I'll be mounting that badge in the morning.
It's a J Line machine manufactured by Yates American and marketed by Brodhead and Garrett. They were sold mainly to institutional users schools, prisons, military etc.
 
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Wow, that's gorgeous! Are you sure it's mounted solidly enough though? ;)

That's a mighty impressive machine and excellent restoration job.
 
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Wow, that's gorgeous! Are you sure it's mounted solidly enough though? ;)

That's a mighty impressive machine and excellent restoration job.
Ric, I haven't bolted it down yet the concrete pads are only a week old so I'll give them another couple of weeks to set before drilling anchors, however at 525 pounds I think gravity alone might win most arguments.

Between purchase price and cost of parts and supplies it's cost me less than $800. (not counting my time of course) so perhaps there might be a set of Carter turning tools in my future.

Thanks for the compliment I've had a lot of fun restoring it, reminded me of building hot rods back in the 60's.
 
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My neighbor has the same lathe. I use it quite often. The 1 1/16" x 8TPI spindle thread is an oddball. I recently pulled the headstock apart and had a machinist turn the spindle down to 1" x 8TPI. I Think he charged $50 and now it's easy to find accessories for it.
 
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Ric, I haven't bolted it down yet the concrete pads are only a week old so I'll give them another couple of weeks to set before drilling anchors, however at 525 pounds I think gravity alone might win most arguments.

Between purchase price and cost of parts and supplies it's cost me less than $800. (not counting my time of course) so perhaps there might be a set of Carter turning tools in my future.

Thanks for the compliment I've had a lot of fun restoring it, reminded me of building hot rods back in the 60's.
You'd surprised how much you can get things shaking with an out of balance blank. My lathe is 700+lbs. and there have been plenty of times that I've had to back things down to keep it from shaking too much. Your concrete pads look as well done as your machine restoration though, so once you can anchor it down, you shouldn't have to worry about much of that. Just have to be careful to not trigger any seismic events. ;)
 
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My neighbor has the same lathe. I use it quite often. The 1 1/16" x 8TPI spindle thread is an oddball. I recently pulled the headstock apart and had a machinist turn the spindle down to 1" x 8TPI. I Think he charged $50 and now it's easy to find accessories for it.
Roger, I had considered doing that also and may in the future. The advertised thread is 1 1/8" x 8 my spindle measures out at 1 3/32".
Previous owner had an adapter 1 1/8-1 1/2 wrapping the spindle threads with teflon tape takes up the slop. If it presents an issue with a chuck on then I'll have it re threaded.
 
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My neighbor has the same lathe. I use it quite often. The 1 1/16" x 8TPI spindle thread is an oddball. I recently pulled the headstock apart and had a machinist turn the spindle down to 1" x 8TPI. I Think he charged $50 and now it's easy to find accessories for it.
That is interesting I have a Powermatic 90 that came with an 1 1/2"-8 spindle thread and a newer lathe with a 1 1/4-8 spindle so I had a machinist turn the PM spindle down to 1 1/4-8 and now my chucks are interchangeable.
 
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