From Rust to Lust, can I bring it back? #4: Edward Wire hands

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Blog entry by GlennsGrandson posted 04-15-2012 11:31 PM 2138 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Got a little faint from the paint... Part 4 of From Rust to Lust, can I bring it back? series Part 5: Been busy working, where I get paid. »

Spent about four hours in the garage today with a wire brush, wire attachment on my drill, and a 4” wire wheel on my Makita. Doesn’t look like much to show for all that work but getting that paint off of cast iron and in all the little corners and grooves is tedious work. I think with another 1 1/2 hours of wire brushing I’ll be ready to wipe it clean and tape off the appropriate areas.

I’m getting a lot of hours into this thing but I think I’ll only have about $150-200 into it when I’m all said and done. Not bad for a solid piece of machinery and far cheaper than a new one of the same caliber. And I can say that I did it, that’s worth something.

The brushed pieces waiting for the beds to join them for a good cleaning, priming and painting.

-- Grant - N Dakota

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#1 posted 04-15-2012 11:38 PM

Keep up the good work!!! Anxiously awaiting more progress. No hurry, take a rest, you deserve it.




BREAK IS OVER!!! Where’s the progress report??? Lol.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 04-16-2012 01:19 AM

I may have missed it in your previous part. Did you mention the type of motor? Single or 3 phase? HP? Just wondering.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#3 posted 04-16-2012 02:13 AM

DIY I was really relieved to here you say take a break, I needed it…and then it was over. In all actuality, I retired from the garage for the evening to clean up the kitchen before the wife got home. Then I thought, My wonderful wife makes amazing food for me and occasionally I make some good food too. None the less, as I scrubbed the dishes I thought, I do this because she does things for me..I do things for her in the shop but she never cleans that up for me…on second thought, probably better that way, I’d never find my tools because they’d be where she “thought they belonged.” Lol, just for fun.

You know David I haven’t really looked into it….I will for my next post. Maybe then you can give me some input on what you think about what I have. Thanks for the interest.

-- Grant - N Dakota

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#4 posted 04-16-2012 03:55 AM

I believe I read where the PO cut the plug off. If the lead has 3 wires then single phase, if 4 then 3-phase motor. I’m going to take a wild guess that you have a 1-1/2hp 1725rpm j66y frame 1ph, or 3-phase or motor has been replaced with a single phase, probably a Dayton. May have replaced a 3-phase. Big mag starter box in cabinet, then 3-phase. This may all be a moot point but if you don’t have 3-phase power laying around, and if it is a 3-phase then add $150 for a VFD, or more to convert to single phase, if VFD is not the option you take. I use a broad brush on my guesses ;-)

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#5 posted 04-16-2012 11:35 AM

Nice blog. Thanks.

I found this reference for the 37-220.

Looking forward to other posts.


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