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    Removing pulley from a motor spindle

    The other thing that may loosen a tapered gib key is to drive the pulley onto the shaft a little further. That will loosen the taper on the key. Of course, grub screw will need removed first. If all else fails, a left hand drill bit is my go-to. You run the drill in reverse and the LH drill bit...
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    What is it?

    There are screwdriver slots in the ends of those domed screws because they are valve adjuster screws out of a large diesel engine such as a Caterpillar. Common as anything. If you want to make your own jacks like that, you can buy the screws online easily enough. Google Caterpillar valve...
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    The Moriya Story -- short form !

    Thanks Jim. Yes I too have a box of SS tube from smaller garden lights, about 5/8 and 3/4" OD, put away for a rainy day/smaller Stirling engine. I had to search a bit to find the bigger light, but there it was! And thanks for the answers to my questions. The 2" square aluminium bar has arrived...
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    What is it?

    They look like shopmade machinist's screw jacks made using the domed tappet adjuster screws off the rocker arms of a large diesel engine, probably Cat. They would be high tensile, hardened and with a beautifully ground half-ball on the end.
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    The Moriya Story -- short form !

    Hi Jim. Just thought I would post a cheap and easy source of very thin walled stainless tube for Moriya II's displacer. For about $5 from our local hardware store I bought a solar powered garden light as pictured below. The stem is stainless tubing OD .960", which is not far from the .983" I...
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    Aladdin's cave of machines to dispose of - help needed

    The item pictured just before the triple expansion engine and stamped with manufacturers code MA 1703/1 is a Myford Dividing Head, Worth quite a bit of money. The full set of four indexing plates, the 4" round discs full of circles of drilled holes, is worth as much again.
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    Is there any place to get BA Bolts / Screws in US?

    British shipping costs are quite reasonable -- way cheaper than US shipping to the rest of the world so it's worth checking it out. I can get stuff shipped cheaper from the UK to regional Australia than from Sydney, Australia. Go figure.
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    Myford lathe

    You can buy those gear clusters brand new from Myford in the UK. They have an eBay store too. Not worth messing about with a used gear that could be in similarly abused condition and about to let go. It's a common failure, due usually to locking the spindle and whaling on the chuck key with a...
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    Myford lathes help and advice for Bazmak

    1972 IIRC.
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    Myford lathes help and advice for Bazmak

    I'd make the effort to accommodate the longer bed. It's the kind of thing you don't really need, until the day you need it, and then you really need it. Also, on a daily basis it's real handy to be able to park the tailstock well out of the way when out of use.
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    Cylinder bore surface help

    IC engines will usually have a clearly discernible cross hatch pattern honed onto the bore. If you are using conventional cast iron rings, it will wear in to a smooth surface with remaining fine cross hatching for oil retention. 2" bore is same size as a small motorcycle engine so normal...
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    T type cut-off tools

    Two oft-cited advantages of an inverted parting tool are: 1. Swarf falls out of the groove under gravity so does not get jammed between the sides of the parting tool and the job so readily. 2. Forces on the headstock spindle bearings are downwards, thus against the solid body of the headstock...
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    T type cut-off tools

    Just about every one of the millions of capstan lathes ever made uses inverted parting tool in rear tool post. Never a problem. If you are worried about carriage lifting, apply carriage locking clamp. Standard operating procedure on Myfords and Drummonds for over 100 years now.
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    hone (brass barrel )

    Confused between honing and lapping here. Which do you want to do? And brass, is that the material of the job or the proposed lap? What is the application of the 9 bores to be lapped/honed? Radial engine? Material- steel or cast iron? If so, brake hone should do the job. Or is it something...
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    T type cut-off tools

    Get your money back. It is not a T profile tool. Speak to the rep's supervisor if you have to. I bought a T parting tool from Eccentric Engineering and it is very definitely T shaped as shown in your first posted pic. They are commonly used on automated lathes etc in production. Nothing at all...
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    Optima lathe and mill

    The only experience I have with Optimum is an Optimum mini/micro lathe I sorted out for a bloke in town here. Was woeful quality. Bend in the bed from new of half a millimeter or more. Woeful fit between saddle and ways. Leadscrew so far out of alignment the carriage jammed mid-travel. Once that...
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    Myford spindle information

    LOL@ Norman. No stakes involved. There is no doubt about the level of "bastardry" involved in the manufacturing industry. But if you are making your own screwcutting tool, might as well make it 55 degrees to match the spindle. Taps are handy for cleaning up the final thread but I don't fancy the...
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    Myford spindle information

    A second way to double check my calculations above is to use the chart linked to above by fcheslop. It lists a 12tpi thread for nominal 1/2" BSW. So its major diameter is .500". To make it relevant to 1-1/8" diameter, add 5/8" or .625" to the diameters quoted. So the thread depth the chart...
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    Myford spindle information

    Well, nominally the minor diameter would be 1.125" minus your thread depth of .053" x 2. (As derived from the formula Depth = .6403 x pitch) So 1.125" - .106" = 1.019" minor diameter. To allow a bit of tip clearance, I would bore the hole to 1.025" diameter. Then proceed screwcutting from...
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    Myford spindle information

    PS, system won't let me edit previous post. If you are cutting a female thread, make the inside diameter of the hole five to ten thou larger than the calculated minor diamter from the formula I gave. This gives tip clearance and ensures threads engage on the flanks, not the tips.