Friday, December 18th, 2015. I’m a little behind in my updates so here we go.
The new rails are in place under the press and the press has been located to its final resting spot in the garage. I built a sub floor and placed in front of the press. I wanted a better angle to work from and the sub floor raises me up just enough to comfortable stand at the feed table and work the press.
I have begun the re-oiling process. I have been cleaning out the oil holes and initially squirting in some WD40 to start to get things lubed up. I have not powered the press up yet so I have been slowly rotating the press by hand each time I squirt in the WD40. This has so far made quite a difference. The press is starting to move a lot more freely than it had been, I can spin it up pretty good and it will spin a few times now on its own, it was definitely not doing this prior.
I have begun cleaning also. Basically so far I have been working on removing all the surface sand and grit. I am wiping things down with oil as I go. I will not be cleaning as much as I had originally thought as was explained to me, it is going to continually get oily so no need to completely remove all the built up “grime” as it is what has protected the press all these years and it will just get a new coat of grime as I start to use it.
As was said by someone in the let press list serve “If there is no oil on the floor you are not oiling the press enough”.
At this point I am ready to work on the flywheel and the other parts of the press that need to be cleaned and maintained for a clean print.
The feed table is getting rebuilt with new wood and the swivel arm has been taken apart and and is getting cleaned up real nice. Can’t wait to mount… Will start to look more like a complete press then.
I have purchased the parts needed to re-wire the old GE motor but as of yet have not had a chance to start that project. I still have to clean up the motor as it was sitting in about an inch of sand. I will say however that when I went to get the press, the motor was still wired up and working, I personally flipped the switch so I know we should be good there. I have a close friend coming by sometime next week so I hope to power her up soon. I cannot wait!
“Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.”
― Winston S. Churchill