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Old 05-16-2019, 10:38:11 PM
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Actually, it's saved the bell. The city is building a new fire station, they have the bell from one of the original fire stations, the bell is marked 1888, the yoke is patent 1866. The pins on the yoke were rusted about half away. They look like they were cast into the yoke. I welded them up and put them in my big lathe, don't use it often but it's handy when needed. The yoke cleared by about a 1/16", it's a 21" Summit.
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Old 05-16-2019, 11:41:49 PM
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I have been around a purty large lathe and have a small one myself. That looks like it woulda been Scary having that much iron, with unknown defects in casting, spinning round and round. I would assume you had it turning rather slow?
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Wow, good save JB. Good use for the big lathe.
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I have been around a purty large lathe and have a small 1 myself. That looks like it woulda been Scary having that much iron, with unknown defects in casting, spinning round and round. I would assume you had it turning rather slow?
Yep, it wasn't spinning very fast, I have one side finished, going to flip it and do the other side.
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Old 05-17-2019, 08:58:38 AM
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Nice job! We had a Big old lathe in the shop at the plant where I used to work, I think it was about a 24" swing. It did not get used much either, maybe once a year on a large project. When the plant closed they could not give it away. It would have a major job to get it out. I think it was put in and the building built around it!
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Old 05-17-2019, 06:34:13 PM
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In the first photo, you can see how the pivots looked when the bell arrived, the second shows them repaired. The slow turning made it difficult to get a nice finish, a file and emery cloth made it look respectable. I polished up one spot on the bell to show the fireman how it should look. I have to make the support frame and the arm for the pull rope. I'll probably make patterns and have Cattail cast them, can add the department name, date, and put my name on the back.
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Nice work JB - I like the "old school" approach - file and emery cloth - works more often than most folks know.

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One of the fireman came in today and started cleaning up the bell, it looks good.
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Looks like he’s breaking a sweat turn the fan on that’s in front of him
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Nice job JB. I’m sure they appreciate your efforts.
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Fine Work, JB!!! Save history...
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