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- Jul 2, 2014
Is there any reason " Or is it blasphemy " If I paint this Logan Lathe Other then the factory Blue color..?
I have a friend who once chopped and channeled an intact Cord, and also cut the roof off of a running Pierce Arrow, making it into a fair weather convertible. That was when those old cars were more common, but he really wishes now he was able to go back and change his choices on those cars... Old things do not become more common with time, they become more rare, especially in our disposable mindset society. We machinists are often 'restorers' of old machines just so we can have something to work with in our shops. Still, I think many rare and/or ground breaking machines should be looked at as more than metal to be shaped to our whims. Some are also cultural treasures, and tangible history. I am not at all saying we should think of every old machine as a cultural treasure, but I believe we should think carefully about whether the machine needs to be curated BEFORE bending it to the needs and wants of the moment. Sometimes just changing the paint on an rare old machine can be a big mistake, and sometimes it might be better to carefully do just enough to get it running again so it can remain a working view into the past.