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That may seem to be a lot, but have you priced a new Bridgeport?
 

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Tony Wells link=topic=1793.msg23979#msg23979 date=1314841558 said:
That may seem to be a lot, but have you priced a new Bridgeport?
whats a new bare bones bridgeport go for now around $15,000?
 
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brucer link=topic=1793.msg25200#msg25200 date=1315637437 said:
now your going to have to tear it down and repaint it ##
Yes and in CIH Red

Crops are green and tractors are red!
 
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Hi Randy,
Your rebuild looks great! I am in the middle of doing the same on my 1958 BP.
Your pictures are inspiring!

David
 

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Will be watching your progress closely. I have a similiar Series 1 that is working ok for my simple uses. It
has obviously been reconditioned at least once as the x and y gibs have been shimmed but both work smoothly with little evidence of severe wear spots. Some day I will make the plunge. I also have the book. Connelly's Machine Tool Reconditioning also has a lot of info. Good luck and keep the great pics coming. Joe
 

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Well Gang,
I made it, it's done. Well, the resto is finished, now come the mods. Sorry it took so long, but it was a busy summer. I am really pleased at how well it all turned out. This is one smooth running machine. Here are the photos to prove it. Enjoy.

Mill - 01.JPG Mill - 02.JPG Mill - 03.JPG Mill - 04.JPG Mill - 05.JPG Mill - 06.JPG Mill - 07.JPG Mill - 08.JPG Mill - 09.JPG Mill - 10.JPG Mill - 11.JPG
 
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nice job randy, thats one of the best looking bridgeports i've ever seen..
 

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Randy, WOW nice work on the rebuild. I have toooooo many projects started that need to be completed before the boss will approve a mill purchase. ::thumbzup::
 

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es una belleza , te felicito por los detalles , trabaja uno asi mas a gusto , realmente te quedo muy bien , estare pendiente de lo que publiques saludos desde Mexico
 

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Wow! Randy, very nice job! You sir have set the bar very high.

I am smack dab in the middle of doing the very same thing to my 1967 J head. It's a look-alike cousin to yours. The only difference is that mine has the factory Tibon chromed ways and fortunately they all show very little wear.

I have saved all of your pics in "Randys BP" folder to provide a little inspiration during my build (ok, also to help show me where everything goes - lol).

How's she running?

Guy in Sacramento
 

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Well Gang,
I made it, it's done. Well, the resto is finished, now come the mods. Sorry it took so long, but it was a busy summer. I am really pleased at how well it all turned out. This is one smooth running machine. Here are the photos to prove it. Enjoy.
Fantastic job on the restoration. Tell me how you polished the table and all of the dials and non painted surfaces. What did you use. I have a project about to begin and would like to go to school on your success.
 

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DaaaammmMMMnnnNNnnn.....that's nice. I like the fact that you went ahead and added your own flair to it. I like machinery gray as much as the next guy, but your choice of colors really sets it apart, and it's still classy.

Your shop seems very similar to the gent who has a beautifully restored South Bend 16" with the U-Joint legs.....that wouldn't happen to be you? If so, great job on that one too! Both machines are desktop backgrounds on my PC. :drink:
 

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Are you talking about this SB16? It belongs to Wyatt in MO.

SB16.jpg



DaaaammmMMMnnnNNnnn.....that's nice. I like the fact that you went ahead and added your own flair to it. I like machinery gray as much as the next guy, but your choice of colors really sets it apart, and it's still classy.

Your shop seems very similar to the gent who has a beautifully restored South Bend 16" with the U-Joint legs.....that wouldn't happen to be you? If so, great job on that one too! Both machines are desktop backgrounds on my PC. :drink:
SB16.jpg
 

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You're right, they are both gorgeous. If you need a larger photo of the SB16 for your desk top, I have some.

This is a great thread! I am in the middle of doing the same to my 1967 J head. The photos, along with the rebuild manual, are proving to be very handy to have around. Thanks for documenting your journey!

Guy
Go Navy!

That's the one....guess it was a different guy, sorry :) Still, both are very nice machines ;)
 

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Been watching for a long time, guess its time to ask a question,

Did you ever have time, or the opprtunity to weight the thing?:nuts:

I have a 1966 bridgeport myself and have never figured out the actual weight?
 

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Buy the way, that is a great job of restoration, go make chips!!

I was having a time with amplified noise coming from the mill when I placed it on an epoxy over concrete floor, the noise seemed to increase due to the

gloss epoxy floor, so I went down to the local retail sports equipment outlet and purchased 4 hocky pucks and placed under each corner with 1/4 curcular metal plates to match.

The top plate is welded to about the same adjustments you have (not as nice though) for leveling.


Runs very, very quiet.
 

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WOW! gang aren't you all so kind with your praises. I THANK YOU ALL!

Tell me how you polished the table and all of the dials and non painted surfaces. What did you use. I have a project about to begin and would like to go to school on your success.
ML,
Believe it or not, I just used old fasioned elbow grease. I used Scotch Brites and parts cleaning solution. I think steel wool would work as well.
 

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Been watching for a long time, guess its time to ask a question,

Did you ever have time, or the opprtunity to weight the thing?:nuts:

I have a 1966 bridgeport myself and have never figured out the actual weight?
No, never weighed it, but from my research it is supposed to be around 2200-2300lbs. Not light.
 

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Wow! Randy, very nice job! You sir have set the bar very high.

I am smack dab in the middle of doing the very same thing to my 1967 J head. It's a look-alike cousin to yours. The only difference is that mine has the factory Tibon chromed ways and fortunately they all show very little wear.

I have saved all of your pics in "Randys BP" folder to provide a little inspiration during my build (ok, also to help show me where everything goes - lol).

How's she running?

Guy in Sacramento
Glad I can help. This book is completely invaluable and saved me a lot of head ache and I highly recommend it. It will pay for itself the minute you open it up.
http://www.machinerypartsdepot.com/site/1478157/product/BRM-2J
 

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Very, very, nice, and very impressive. I don't know what would be better, run it, or just sit back and stare at it.:drool: Thats about one of the best looking Bridgeports that I have ever laid eyes on. Fantastic job!!!!:man:
 

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Top shelf there, turned out great, do you have the push oiler for the fittings ? You do know not to grease it I hope. I had an old m head a couple hundred years ago. It's an amazing machine if you think about it. The guys who developed and built it sure deserve a whole lot of praise. And your proving it.
Good luck with your new baby
 

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Gorgeous rebuild! Winner so far!! IMHO LOL, not a contest, but, man this is the nutz
Top shelf there, turned out great, do you have the push oiler for the fittings ? You do know not to grease it I hope. I had an old m head a couple hundred years ago. It's an amazing machine if you think about it. The guys who developed and built it sure deserve a whole lot of praise. And your proving it.
Good luck with your new baby
Thanks Guys!

SB,

Yes, I have the push oiler and yes, after painstakingly cleaning all the passages the last thing I am going to do is inject grease into them. :laughing:
 

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Thanks for the link Randy, I just checked it out and registered. I put the bridgeport back together yesterday, when I was finished I had 2 ,1/4-20x 1/2" round head screws left over :-\ I don't remember where they came from. they wre in the bin with the saddle parts so they must go on the saddle somewhere. Where there little clips that hold the oil lines out of the way of the feed nut assembly? I don't have any parts left over to attach with these screws so I'm not sure where they came from.
My feed nuts pushed out of the casting with very little help from the arbor press, the new ones are slightly different, they are 2 peice set to adjust backlash and you have to drill the oil holes and turn the groove for the oil to get down to the lower nut. I should take more pic. but I never think of it when I'm working.
They don't hold the riser nut in do they , or part of the new adjustable table nuts are they. I'd worry myself if I didn't figure it out. But that's me.
 
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