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Buda Railroad Bottle Jack Ratchet/Screw type - Repair


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Have acquired a 1950's/60's Buda Railroad Bottle Jack Ratchet/Screw type. It is a 25 ton rated jack and the lift piston has stopped working. It was down at first and then was able to ratchet the screw up about 3 inches. It is suppose to go up 5 inches. The screw is now stuck at this position and will not ratchet down. It appears the bottom can be removed but not sure how to spin it off and of course what I will find... Does anyone have any experience with these and repair?
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UPDATE: In case someone also acquires one of these type of jacks. I was able to take it to a local Tool & Machine shop who put a 3 foot pipe wrench and was able to fairly easily remove the bottom screw plate. Well, it was pretty rugged inside after about 60 years of neglect. Removed all the parts, which were actually in pretty good shape except for a small spot of corrosion on the main lift screw shaft and some in a circle around the lift cylinder due to moisture at that level internally which was the main cause of the screw not going up the full height. The main cause of lift not working turned out to be a half moon metal key that had become dislodged on the main screw and gear assembly. They put all the parts in a hot/soap bath machine several times to remove as much old grease and rust as possible and the parts were in very good shape all and all. I then took all the parts and soaked in a degreaser, wire brushed and then soaked in WD-40 and ground all the corrosion off. A couple of spots on the lift cylinder are still pitted, but smooth, functional and looks much better. Re-greased all the internal parts put a o-ring washer on the bottom (not sure if it ever had one) and then closed her up. Works perfectly and is in it's final coat of Allis Chalmers Orange paint. Will attach a picture tomorrow for any AC fanatics.....
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Here is a picture of my jack. It has a wide groove on the bottom and a lip on top. Does anyone know what that jack is for?
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