Identifying a lathe I have & Rebuild Help

Hello,
I need some one who can help me in identifying a lathe I have.
I can see on the lathe Tail Side the marking on the bed as
A.E / 279 / REV.
There is no other product information in this lathe. It is been used in
my shop from 1960.The center gap is about 8 feet & this was a "Used
Lathe "when it was bought in 1960's. This is not been much used,
but works pretty well & need some rebuild.
Now I am planning to rebuild this lathe & want to have this more
accurate machine.
So I thought to start this from knowing the history of the machine and
planning to rebuild from the Head Stock, Tail Stock, and Carriage. Also
the Lathe Bed, Gear wheels and screw rods are also in the list I am
planning to rebuild.
If you have any tracking mechanism for this particular task that I can
use and if any one let me know your past experience in rebuilding a
Lathe that would help me in rebuilding this Lathe much fast and easy.
Thanks,
JOHN
I have attached the Link for this Lathe.
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JOHN
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It looks like a very clean lathe in that group of photos, What is wrong with it? Appears similar to a SouthBend I had once. Try
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daniel peterman
Hi Daniel ,
Thanks for your reply & the help to get me some inputs..
In the Lathe headstock I had found some broken welded teeth on the bull gear . When the Clutch lever for the back Gear is used to engage, the Vibration of broken Bull Gear cause the back Gear Clutch lever to get disengaged .This also makes very loud noise. The Tail stock spindle have wear & tear due to which when drill bits are used, it get along with the metal in teh chuck & rotates .This needs some rework like re-bore & fixing a sleeve in the spindle.
On the Lathe saddle , the bottom side has worn out the.The V groove on the underside of the saddle that rides along the inverted V-groove also had some wear .
How to get re-grounded to original shape?
The carriage that moves along the ways by means of a rack and pinion drive is not very smooth & it is tight some time to move the carriage along the ways.
The Tool post & cross slide taper Keys are been re built, but it is tight so need to have this hand scrapped.
The lath Bed is clean; I did some Hand Scrapping some time back.
The half nut assembly Clutch Falls down, when the carriage is moved along the ways. This half nut assembly got it re made .
Please advice me this .. I f I need to do any other changes ?
Regards JOHN
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JOHN
That lathe sounds pretty worn out. You may just have to put up with some of the worst areas or get into some really expensive grinding done by an outside shop. There is a product called Moglice which is a metal filled epoxy that may fill in some low points. I believe you lap it to fit against the mating part. Something I have never seen mentioned in machine tool restoration, that was once common for valve guides on engines is knurling. I don't know if you could do it successfully on the sliding parts of a lathe or mill but it seems that if you had the right tool you may be able to raise certain areas of metal by striking them with a toothed tool. I would test this on something before you just whack at the lathe saddle with a punch.
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daniel peterman

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