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Blog series by Jimi_C updated 05-31-2010 05:40 AM 6 parts 40789 reads 54 comments total

Part 1: New Old (Really, Really Old...) Toy

12-31-2009 06:06 AM by Jimi_C | 13 comments »

As I mentioned here, I acquired a new toy last night, which I had been considering for a while. I found this on Craigslist, and I started doing some research on OWWM. As it turns out, Power King was a pretty popular machine maker back in the day, and was acquired by Atlas Press Tool Co. (another pretty popular manufacturer) in the late 40’s. The 912 was sold pretty much as-is by Atlas after that, as you can see from the OWWM page (they look almost identical except for the paint color...

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Part 2: Progress, at last

04-10-2010 05:25 AM by Jimi_C | 8 comments »

Now that the temperatures are slowly but surely starting to climb again, I’m finally able to work in my garage again for more than 5 minutes. In addition to my table project, I’ve started working on restoring the Power King 912 in December. I’ve been slowly but surely striping off pieces, but had run into a road block with the wheels… the bearings were stuck solid. Someone on LJ (Grizzman?) suggested I look into getting a gear puller, so Harbor Freight to the resc...

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Part 3: Quick Update

04-16-2010 03:09 PM by Jimi_C | 4 comments »

Progress is continuing on the restoration, I’m grabbing an hour here or there to work on it. The bottom axle was pretty easy to remove after all – a block of wood and a rubber mallet got it out ok. The only stubborn part was the woodruff key on the end of the axle that (of course) had to be removed for the axle to come out. I had to mangle it a little to get it out, but I think it will be ok. If not, I’ll just order a new one from McMaster-Carr. That one damn bearin...

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Part 4: Another Short Update, and Why I Hate Spray Paint

04-18-2010 06:25 AM by Jimi_C | 10 comments »

So, I thought everything was going along great, things were looking good… then this happened on several pieces after spray painting after the primer coat: It appears the paint isn’t adhearing to the metal there, despite the fact that I washed these pieces in my dishwasher to clean them off, and sanded them to remove loose paint/scuff up the surface. Anyone know what I’m doing wrong? Maybe I didn’t clean the surface enough after sanding? It seems the paint i...

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Part 5: Starting Reassembly - Finally!

05-25-2010 09:07 AM by Jimi_C | 5 comments »

I’ve still got some parts to paint (one more wheel, a wheel cover, and the lower guide assembly), but I started putting things back together tonight – mainly due to unease about how easy it was going to be to find the correct part/screw/whatever in the large ziplock back I’ve been using to hold all the small stuff. Overall, it’s been easier than I thought – there really wasn’t very much hardware to this machine. And just so you don’t h...

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Part 6: So Close...

05-31-2010 05:40 AM by Jimi_C | 14 comments »

Painted the last piece today, so here it is in all (or at least most) of it’s assembled glory. Once again – the before: And now the after: As you can tell from the second pic, I haven’t gotten the lower axle/bearings back on it yet – same for the upper wheel. I did try freezing the axle to see if that’d let me press the axle in easily enough – didn’t seem to give it enough – so I’m going to have to find someone wi...

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