Tailstock part A, 3rd attempt…

A mild answer turns away rage, but a harsh word stirs up anger…

Not a good day in the MLW brain. Pressed Publish instead of Save Draft. Does the above scripture from Proverbs apply to oneself, when one wants to have a word with oneself about inattention to process detail (did I sound like Buckminster Fuller there..)?

No matter, I’ll have a lot of Jura later. For now, here’s something to do with Tailstocks…

This is a couple of pictures of the Tailstock, looking dirty. The paint isn’t in that good condition, but this seems to be a running theme with Myford lathes; great British engineering but apprentice on first day paint job (more BF…you can probably tell I happen to be reading a book by BF. He has a strange way of “speaking”; eg, “world around” instead of “worldwide” – because the Earth has no width being an oblate spheroid)…

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Undoing this Simmonds Nut…

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…detaches the Clamp Plate and allows the Tailstock Base to be prised off. In this picture, looking from the underside of the Tailstock Body, there is a pin on the right which engages between the two screws on the left…

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…which enables lateral adjustment of the Tailstock Body. This helps with aligning the axes of the Tailstock and Headstock.

Unscrewing the set screw in this picture…

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…allows the Eccentric Lever Assembly to be withdrawn. Next, I unscrewed this little screw holding in the Thrust Plate…

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I like the neat cutout in the Handwheel to enable this. The Thrust Plate can now be prised out…

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…allowing the Handwheel to be unwound off the Barrel. The annular slot at the left end of the Handwheel is where the Thrust Plate engages, so that the Handwheel winds the Barrel in and out…

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This little lever clamps the Barrel…

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…by moving these little shaped pieces inside the Tailstock Body…

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Removed…

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A little force to get the Stud unscrewed…

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This little key rides in a slot in the smooth part of the Barrel to stop it rotating…

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Some more pictures of dirty parts, now ready for cleaning and polishing…

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Ok, Publish and be damned…

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