I saw a picture of a gadget that was on a myford - looked like a worm that fit the gear on the outboard end of the headstock, with dividing plate etcetera.
So's I got to thinking, I could make that - a mount to fit one of the extra change gears, and a worm wheel on the same shaft, and a worm at right angles, cobble the whole thing so it would turn the spindle (slowly) and then have fun making stuff to fit on the cross-slide.
Then I had a (possibly) bright idea:
I don't need a lot of teeth hitting the worm-wheel, it's not like power transmission is going on. How about a single worm with thread profile to match the headstock gear? I'd have to tilt the worm at some small angle. Maybe there's a source of threaded rod that would fit nicely...
And while I'm posting, I got a quick-change toolpost holder for it and it is not as good in the rigidity department as the one that came with it. This is a cheaper type of qc holder that overhangs the compound and it moves unless I tighten the gibs too much for easy movement-in-the-plane-which-was-intended. Bummer, and I can't return it 'cause I had to modify it to fit the mouunting stud.
Here's a pic of it: