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Re: Outfitting the Levin.
« Reply #30 on: February 16, 2019, 10:07:50 PM »
Great Dave....looks familiar too 😊

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Re: Outfitting the Levin.
« Reply #31 on: February 16, 2019, 10:32:18 PM »
Well isn't that just cute as can be!

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Re: Outfitting the Levin.
« Reply #32 on: February 16, 2019, 10:40:48 PM »
OK   spent some time with it an the lathe, and it'll work just fine

The traditional rocker style tool post spent a lot of time on this lathe, based on the rust stain in the plating.   and it was over tightened there as well, so I found some distortion in the t slot.  I draw filed that back to flat.  Now the post sits down and doesn't rock.   It's a pretty good size for this lathe

I sketched out a T bolt, but I think I'll make a T nut and post affair to spread the load out on these little t slots.   I'll spend some time to make the nut a very tight fit, so the lifting wont happen again.

Pictures to follow....

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Re: Outfitting the Levin.
« Reply #33 on: February 16, 2019, 10:43:57 PM »
Thanks for helping with the decision Bill, it was a great choice I think!

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Re: Outfitting the Levin.
« Reply #34 on: February 16, 2019, 11:15:12 PM »
 :-[ :-[ and alls I have is the gravers rest  :'(

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Re: Outfitting the Levin.
« Reply #36 on: February 17, 2019, 12:29:44 AM »
That price doesn't look too bad....yet. Still a day to go though.

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Re: Outfitting the Levin.
« Reply #37 on: February 17, 2019, 12:30:16 AM »
Looking forward to the pictures too Dave.

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« Reply #38 on: February 17, 2019, 12:38:03 AM »
That price doesn't look too bad....yet. Still a day to go though.

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Itll be north of 350 anyway by tomorrow.

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« Reply #39 on: February 17, 2019, 02:39:10 AM »
OK some progress on the Levin

I started with 1 3/4 steel bar for the T nut.   The post is 0.3125, and tapped M5.   I'll cut the T nut next,.....All billet and one piece and full width of the compound....Nice and stiff.

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Re: Outfitting the Levin.
« Reply #40 on: February 17, 2019, 02:48:06 PM »
Looked in on the ebay bidding this morning. It up to 270 now but looks like there is some automatic bidding going on so I think you are right as to the 350+.  13 hours still to go. Pricey stuff with that Levin name on it :)

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« Reply #41 on: February 17, 2019, 03:05:38 PM »
Well....you need to be patient.   Deals come up.   My lathe is an early lathe, and is a War lathe, so no chrome plating.   The ones that collect this stuff want the Chrome and they want it perfect....so my lathe went fairly cheap.   That's fine... I want it as a lathe, not a dust collector sitting in a cabinet!..

We'll see about the cross slide... it is a triple slide...so it will command more

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Re: Outfitting the Levin.
« Reply #43 on: February 17, 2019, 03:54:17 PM »
Dave, when you say war lathe are you referring to just the period of manufacture or were these actually used in the war effort and if so in what ways given their small size. Just curious.

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« Reply #44 on: February 17, 2019, 04:19:33 PM »
Dave, when you say war lathe are you referring to just the period of manufacture or were these actually used in the war effort and if so in what ways given their small size. Just curious.

Bill

Yes,,, During the war, critical material was rationed carefully  Chrome was one of those materials.   So instead of chroming the lathe, they painted it.    Hence my term 'War" lathe.

the paint is original...As to its use during the war?    I have no idea.   I always wished that old machines could talk.

This is a early Levin,    If you look at some of the out of the way parts of the bed, you can see casting problems.  Levin told me that the early lathes had casting issues, and although accurate, weren't necessarily very pretty in places.   Who ever scraped mine in knew what they were doing.  It's dead aligned with the TS, but at the bottom of the center T slot on the TS end, you can see some casting inclusion/blow holes....Not something I think would have gotten through in later years.   Its got character.

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