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Thread: From the ground up!
21/04/2019 18:41:00

Had a week down south so nothing has been done on the Lathe. Back last night so I have painted a few parts and mainly been selling everything I have to get some ££ together for my next project. The little lathe has been sold on so only two Lathes here right now but THREE Lathes will be squeezed in here tomorrow.

I admittedly have very little knowledge but I have to think of how easy it will be to sell on after refurbishment as the Clarke Lathe is still here and needs to go ASAP. Space is a premium. Still can't work out how to post a sales thread here. Do I have to be a member for so long?

Thanks for all the help, watch this space...

14/04/2019 09:48:36

Cheers Brian, will the pully wheel fit 3/4 inch shaft. I'm limited on what I can do here. I have a pillar drill now but mostly woodworking tools. I will have to make a frame using my angle grinder I guess.

14/04/2019 08:27:46

I'm down south so not working on the Lathe as such, but I have to pick your brains please. The motor mount and counter shaft are missing so I need to build my own. Metal frame with a shaft to support the top belt wheel will be the easiest. My question is as I don't have the top wheel can someone please tell me the diameter of the shaft so I can get the correct size. Also how do I put something up for sale here? Do I have to be a member for so long? I don't have the option to post in classifieds.

Thanks in advance

PS I may have accidentally put a deposit down on my next project. oops don't tell the missus.

Edited By John Milton 2 on 14/04/2019 08:28:51

10/04/2019 14:18:23
09/04/2019 23:36:43

I thought it was time to put it all together, more for damage control to find if any parts are missing, looks like it was a good plan. There are a number of parts that look like they belong but I haven't worked out where as yet. I may post some photos so you can help me with this later. You have all been a great help so far.

The back plate has three screw holes that line up and fix it to the Lathe. After fitting the back plate the large Myford cover can then be fitted, screwed through the back plates reverse side and into the cover. When the cover is on there is no cut out for the switch lever which slides onto a spindle but it does line up with the exposed gears correctly so can not be placed anywhere else. I will take some photos or maybe a video would show it up better than I have done already with photos.

thanks for all the help chaps tomorrow it may look a little clearer for me.

Edited By John Milton 2 on 09/04/2019 23:38:31

09/04/2019 13:51:27

Thanks Nick, It must be a mismatch. I can't see how this will ever work. Will they to find some photos on G Images. #baffled


Edited By John Milton 2 on 09/04/2019 13:52:03

Thread: May be of interest?
09/04/2019 10:54:28

Thread: From the ground up!
09/04/2019 10:42:22

I seem to have hit a brick wall. I put the large mounting plate onto the end of the Lathe and found that the geared knob will not fit in place.All works well without the plate so if anyone can look at the photos and tell me what I am doing wrong I would appreciate it. If not the angle grinder is coming out!


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08/04/2019 20:09:31

This Chuck was black, seized up and quite sad. That was this morning though. Rack has been cleaned and de-rusted. Just need to remember where everything goes.


07/04/2019 22:28:30
Posted by Howard Lewis on 07/04/2019 19:12:25:


Study Tony Griffiths "Lathes UK" website, pages about the Myford ML1, 2,3 and 4.

It is a mine of useful information.

With a lathe of that vintage, all the threads should be Whit form. (i. e. The extra two tappings to clamp the swivel on the Topslide are 1/4 BSF. The Banjo is clamped with a 5/16 BSW setscrew. ) If the mandrel is 7/8" diameter, it will be either 9 tpi on earlier models, or 12 tpi on later ones.

Early models were flat belt drive, but later ones were V belt drive, or had been converted.

Early MLs were 3 1/8" Centre Height, but later ones were 3 1/2". I found that out the hard way; by assuming that the one I was going to help to return to service was 3 1/8". When I got to it, it was 3 1/2" and i had made a Centre Height Gauge for 3 1/8"! But the Mandrel was 7/8 x 9 tpi, so possibly a transition or field fix hybrid?

Not all machines had Tumbler Reverse; that was an optional extra, and ones without it do not have the tappings to fit it. Although, Tony Griffiths says that some owners have managed to fit the Tumbler Reverse from a ML7.

There are two tappings at the back of the Headstock. Those, I found out are for the cast bracket that carries the Changewheel Guard. Guards that hinge sideways are rare. Normally, they hinge upwards.

Changewheels are compounded by a 3/32" pin in a drilling which only goes part way through the gear. ML7 gears, with a keyway, can be used, by drilling a 3/32" hole for the pin.

Tony refers to some machines being factory painted in "Vomit Green"!



Edited By Howard Lewis on 07/04/2019 19:14:48

Thanks Howard I will have a read up now.

07/04/2019 21:27:59

I didn't want to go with the Myford colours nor did I want a perfect finish and too afraid to use it. I have gone with a black but the finish is like an old industrial original. Let me know what you think. All the smaller parts are going in the oven to make them heat resistant and prove them at the same time.



Edited By John Milton 2 on 07/04/2019 21:37:50

07/04/2019 17:15:30

Two of the photos Nigel. I think I deleted the duplicate files and the post with it.

07/04/2019 16:53:58

Thank you Werner thumbs up

07/04/2019 16:12:55


07/04/2019 12:21:37

I'm sure the Colour will be controversial

Edited By John Milton 2 on 07/04/2019 12:23:03

07/04/2019 12:21:28

The missus just asked me why I was painting it Grey thinking

07/04/2019 12:08:44

A whole day to mask up. Less than a minute to paint.


06/04/2019 14:44:44

Now the fun part.




05/04/2019 13:53:20

I'm going to scrape all the oil off rub it down and apply several coats of Varnish. Possibly stain it first. Have to match the wooden handle I guess. Don't want to use a dark stain as that would be cheating

05/04/2019 13:19:35

Possibly, I'm thinking that as George said and as they are hollow it would save filling the Lathe with swarf.

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