I came into an SB9 Model B (changegears and power X-feed) underdrive type with a couple chucks last year for $90. Just the lathe, no drive, stand, etc. Sat in the basement for a while before I started tearing into it.
So now I'm trying to decide if it's worth getting it going again. Missing a part here and there, needs the drive assy, gear sets, repainting, the oiler felts and springs are missing, and the rear spindle bearing surface has a little scoring. Spindle bearings also probably need reshimming. I haven't used real lathes enough to say if the bedwear is bad or good, but it has a pretty good ridge near the headstock.
So, what do you guys think? Is there any place I can get the parts cheaply enough (assuming I can't scrounge them up locally) to warrant it? eBay's the big option but I'd be into this thing for quite a few $$ before I knew how well it runs.
I'm also considering parting it out, but I want a real lathe and they're hard to find cheap around here.