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Thread: Fool rushing in
08/12/2018 17:08:21

Hi David, I believe the great wheel is somewhere around 8 1/2" to 8 3/4" in diameter. I believe it has 290 teeth. Hope that's of some help, Stephen

Thread: Tailstock height
04/03/2016 14:43:03

Thank you Jim

I believe the reason for the tailstock to be higher rather than lower is because of the reason Neil gives and to allow for bed and tailstock base plate wear. Thinking back to when i checked my Myford, the tailstock was between 1.5 - 2 thou higher. Is this an acceptable amount?

I checked it by using the test bar between centers and clocking the highest point of the bar at each end, measuring the difference. As John said, you must use the cross slide rather than just running along the top.

Many thanks for your comments, i have often wondered what is an acceptable amount.


03/03/2016 17:15:13

Does anyone know the correct amount that a myford tailstock should be higher by? Im'e thinking of myfords original spec tolerances.



Thread: 3 1/2 inch small boilered TICH
15/11/2014 09:09:40

Thank you Julian, that is most helpful, i have saved many of your posts in the past as they are always worth listening to.

Thank you Dave, i do not have access to E.I.M but will try to get hold of a copy, its all useful information!

Sorry Ryan, back to your build diary...

Many thanks


14/11/2014 20:31:29

Hi Ryan

thank you for the link, looks to be a useful site, i think i am inclined to agree with Julian and copy as per the most recent drawings as they must have been changed for a reason.

Julian, thank you for your helpful advice, the combination lever has actually been lengthened by 8 thou rather than shortened could you please explain the reason for this? how would it effect the valve events? interesting that the smaller centers have been shortened by a thou or is this insignificant? unfortunatly i have already made it a while back but only bought the large drawings recently. only myself to blame!

many thanks


13/11/2014 17:29:11


13/11/2014 17:28:50


13/11/2014 17:28:14

Please see below photos of the drawings which differ from the book, i purchased them from my hobbies store and i belief they are the same supplied by reeves.

Apologies Ryan for cluttering up your build diary but i am sure it may be of help to us all to make sure we are using the correct dimentions. your diary has been very usefull and interesting by the way

many thanks


12/11/2014 19:05:00

Hello all

I wonder if you can help me with a query on tiches valve gear, i have notised that some measurements are different in the book to the drawing. firstly the return crank centres are 11/16 in the book and 39/64 on the drawings giving i think 5/64 difference. secondly the combination lever (vertical rod) shows on the drawings to be 8 thou longer between centres with writing saying it has 10 thou lead (this is the two lower hole distances). If i have not explained it well, please say and i could take some pictures of the relivent drawings.

Does anyone know which we should be following?

Your help would be much appreciated

many thanks


Thread: Quality of drills
22/04/2014 19:45:50

I was just wondering if any of you have had good or bad experience with the quality of drills and milling cutters suplied by Chronos as they look to be good value. Or would i regret it after. I have had bad experience with taps and dies from somewhere else.

Your advise is much appreciate

Kind regards


Thread: Myford Super 7 Headstock Lubrication
29/12/2013 21:33:22

Hello Dave

I believe the front headstock bearing is whick fed and so due to a long time of storage, is it possible that it has disintigrated and needs replacing. I am probably wrong but sometimes when i lift the oiler cap the level sudenly drops a bit which i asume is because the air needs to get in to allow the oil to escape.

Hope this is off some help

Kind regards Stephen

Thread: Finally mastered slitting
01/06/2013 20:00:35

Thankyou Fizzy for this thread, i have always struggled with slitting saws, your comments will be very usefull.

Thread: Tich vs. Juliet
17/09/2012 09:21:21


thankyou for your comments, i will add more photos in my album as it progresses.

All the best Stephen

16/09/2012 20:04:07

Hi neil,

I have put some pictures in my profile of tiches progresion.


13/09/2012 19:13:12

Hello John,

Thankyou for your kind comments i am sure i will have as much pleasure out of it as i have had building it, i have certantley learnt alot from it and if i make a mistake the parts and castings are not to expencive to have another go! And at the end i hope to have a half respectible engine which i can put on display in a display case i have made for it.

The origional engine was given to my dad by his grandad many years ago with little sucksess so it is nice for me to have a go and make somthing of it.

Out of interes how are you getting on with your tich?

Kind regards Stephen

12/09/2012 21:20:07


just to say that i am currently building a tich ,well technicaly a restoration but have ended up re making most of it. If its any help i am finding no problems with making the parts although i am only 18 and have relitavley small hands to cope with it, anyway when building a first model i think it is important to have a book of words to help with the proseses, i have certantly have found it (tich book) a great help although you can use these methods to build other engines as well such as the juliet. My only wory at the moment is its capability when finished, If i had the choice now i would have gone for somthing bigger as there is just as much involved whatever the size. There are many other engines which can be build with a 3 1/2 inch lathe the hardest part is what your doing, which one to go for!   PS i would recomend not using reeves as they seem expensive, however blackgates are very reasonable and are very helpfull

All the best Stephen

Edited By stephen. on 12/09/2012 21:23:50

Thread: Boxhill Terrier Build Notes
29/05/2012 19:34:37

Hello there, looking at the photos of 5'' terrriers i was wandering how you cope with oiling the excentrics and big ends as the side tanks get in the way? your help would be much aprichiated as i am looking into posibly building one myself. kind regards stephen

Thread: LBSC tich drawings
24/04/2012 18:47:52

I dont surpose someone can remember which model engineers the tich drawings were published in. It might just be me but i remember seeing or hearing somewhere that the return cranks were slightly diferent in the drawings to the book.


22/04/2012 20:14:29

does someone have a set of drawings for a 3 1/2 tich that could be emailed to me. Your help would be much apriechiated? Has anyone had problems with the drawings?

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