Sometimes good deeds ARE rewarded-Lorch

A couple weeks ago, a fella who was day labor on a nearby house update,
stopped by to chat while I was out in the back yard doing some welding.
We got to talking and after looking at the Stacks O Stuff..he asked if I
might have a motor for a small table saw? I found him a rough but
usuable 3/4hp motor..simply gave it to him, and he was happy as can be.
On his way out..he mentioned he had a small lathe someone had given
him, never tried making it work..and would I like to have it? It was
"pretty rough".
Thinking it was going to be one of the old AA lathes..pretty common
around here..I shruged and said if he wanted to bring it by, Id take it,
but I couldnt give him any money for it. He shook his head and said he
would, be nice to have someone fix er up and maybe use it.
I completly put it out of my mind at that point..didnt figure Id ever
see the guy again.
Saturday after my afternoon siesta..I went back out to the welding
area..and sitting on my welding table was a lathe. Dirty,
dusty..disreputable..with the name LORCH on the side of it...
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Looks like Ive got a nice and fairly easy restoration on my hands..
This is what she is supposed to look like.
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It appears to be missing the half nut assembly and lever, and the cover
to the headstock.
Someone at one time covered the working bits with grease or heavy
oil..which collected a shitload of desert dust and dirt, then baked
itself on. Cleaning off some sample areas with penetrating fluid and
ATF..the metal is a bit stained..but in very good condition. It lead a
fairly sheltered life before it was put..well..where ever it was put.
He said an old machinist gave it to him years ago.
Carriage handwheel is bent..spinner and maybe the shaft. Headstock
bearings after a bit of ATF dripped in, measure less than a grand of
movement in longitudnal, zip shit in radial. Looks like the bearings are
A-OK. Very smooth and no crumble or grind. Same with the gear train and
feed screw. Something is loose inside the apron, and it appears a flat
gib may be missing on the back of the carriage..no biggy to make up a
new one.
Shit this is a heavy lathe for its size..at least 60 lbs. Lots of cast
iron in this old girl. Gonna be rigid as hell. Cross feed and compound
screws dont seem to have enough backlash to speak off..though I need to
get the crud off to be sure its just not hanging on the spooge.
Ive got some brush type 90vt DC 300 inch pound servos with bad encoders.
Dont need an encoder to simply spin it up with a bridge rectifier and a
variac.. C face servos..but easy enough to make up a motor mount
for...
Anyone know of any sources for Lorch LAS parts and acessories...let me
know. Cheap..cheap parts and accessories..... A three jaw chuck might
be handy...I think Ive given away all my small ones when I sold the
Lorch LLK a few years ago...damnit!
Gunner
Cast your bread upon the waters..and occasionally it comes back a
hundred fold..and not too soggy either...."
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doesnt look to have any pitted corrosion areas. a scotchbrite pad and some solvent would probably bring it back quite nicely.
you got something worth playing with there.
Stealth Pilot
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Stealth Pilot
Looks like you've got your work cut out for you there Gunner. Good luck. I'm sure it will look and run great when you're finished with it.
Jim Chandler
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Jim Chandler
That's a sweet looking little lathe. Another worthy project to get on. JR Dweller in the cellar
Gunner wrote:
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JR North
Lookout everyone, Gunner's going to be making watches and clocks next :-)
Charity does have its rewards!
Mark Rand RTFM
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Mark Rand
Damn Gunner, are you the patron saint of old machine tools?
Wes
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Wes
If the damned pelicans don't get it first ...
Sweet lathe!
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Don Foreman
The pictures make it look worse than it actually is. Though not by much...
I just looked at em on Yahoo..and it does look like a piece of shit doesnt it?
Lol..its better in person and under normal lighting. But yes..its gonna take some work. This is a nice size..not too big that one gets tired of cleaning it..not so small that you cant do much when its done.
Gunner
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Gunner
I agree. I find a lot of satisfaction in restoring a small lathe. Even the AA variety. At one time, each was someone's prized possession.
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Rex
Savior? Gerry :-)} London, Canada
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Gerald Miller
Gunner -- I'm a huge believer in "what goes around, comes around." To keep stuff "coming around" you have to keep stuff "going around." I got two years of free room and board while in college, and nothing and nobody will ever convince me it wasn't because I bought lunch for a broke 66 year old hitchhiker and shoved him a $20 to help him out on his last 400 miles. As a rule I never pick up hitchhikers but this tired old man was an exception. I picked him up, took him about 60 miles closer to Montana, bought him lunch, enjoyed his stories (I still use some of his quotes 25 years later) and gave him about $20 when where I needed to go forked from where he was going.
About a week an a half later an aging, rich couple who knew my parents contacted my folks. They decided they'd like to have a college-age male live in their house to, I don't know, scare away insurance salesmen. They also decided that just having the college-age male was sufficient, so they would pay all room and board.
I moved in with them and had almost 3000 sq ft to myself. My bride, with whom I will celebrate 25 years of marriage in June, was woo'd in my private space in their house.
Like I said above, it is my opinion this would not have happened if I had not helped out the elderly hitchhiker in need.
If I were you, I'd run (not walk) to your day laborer. I'd give him whatever he needed that I had that I wasn't using. Besides a warm feeling, you're sowing the seeds of good things coming back to you.
If you don't do it, send me his email address. I might drive from MD USA to CA USA just to help him.
I gave away a shitty Craftsman router and a bench drill press to someone who appreciated the tools and couldn't afford anything better. Some time later someone *gave* me a Jet Contractors Saw.
"What goes around, comes around." "As you sow, so shall ye reap." This stuff works man, work it!
-- Mark
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Mark Jerde
This sort of thing rarely happens to me, I rarely see any connection between my good deeds and random luck.
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Ignoramus3258
Good deed with expectation of return is an oxymoron. Random luck happens regardless of what you do or don't do.
I offer no proof, but my experience has been that what comes around goes around eventually, one way or another. YMMV.
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Don Foreman
Good score Gunner - hope its not like my radio workshop here, and joins the ever growing ranks of "oneday" projects. (The next step is usually you start looking for spares, buy a crappy one for them, realise the new crappy one is better than the one you started with, so now you have "two" of them to restore - this CAN get into a loop real fast.....)
(I have 3 Kenwood TS520's in this category......)
Language - I would call what you did "practical applied socialism" - you will disagree with the words, others call it "what goes around comes around" - whatever the terminology, stripped of politics/ ideology its not a bad way to live your life..
Andrew VK3BFA.
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Sigh...I think its a curse...until someone dumps something on me..and it just stands there..looking up at me...big brown eyes pleading that I take it home and cuddle it and take care of it, pet it once in a while, feed it some electricity and metal, the usual stuff one does for abandoned elderly critters...sniff...
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Ayup...Im a big fan of earning Karma points. Which I think is the reason Im kinda ok at scrounging stuff. Lots of stuff I get, I simply give away to those that can use it. Word seems to get around and folks call me...Hey Gunner, you want so and so before I toss it in the dumpster?
Im not particularly religious..but I heard a theory about angels..they show up now and then and test you....and if you pass the compassion test..they do good things for you as a reward. Shrug...yours is not the only story of its kind Ive heard. Or experienced.
Gunner
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I, personally have been on the receiving end so many times, over the years that don't have a hope in h*ll of ever passing all of the "good deeds" on to others, but I keep trying. Gerry :-)} London, Canada
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Gerald Miller
Gunner, as usual, you're one lucky old buzzard! ;-)
All I seem to get are truckloads of unloved computers. Have you ever tried to turn metal on a computer? OTOH, have you ever received 12 truckloads of computers in two weeks? Like you and abused machine tools, I have to try to save as many of them as I can. :( I picked up two desktop computers and a Dell Insperion 2650 XP laptop/ with a Linksys WPC54G Wireless-G Network Adapter this week, along with another 21" monitor and Lexmark printer. The battery is missing, and none of the Dell batteries I have will fit to see if its any good. I would love to use it when I'm at any of the local Veterans events. I was only well enough to leave the house once this week. Most weeks I average more homeless computers.
BTW, I hope you have a good Memorial day, as we remember those who we've lost.
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Michael A. Terrell
A TS520SE is my main radio, I have a Barrett in the Patrol for VKS737 and travellers net and an old Philips 920 for 144 mHz. Once my new shed is built I can put up the radio mast and speak with friends in VK5 Alan, in Gosnells, Western Oz. VK6 YAB VKS 737 - W 6174
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I wish I could score more in the computer department..and you in the machine tool department. Damned shame we live so far apart..I think we could compliment each other in the scrounging department.
A toast to the living A drink to the dead
To absent friends!
Gunner
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