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Thread: Hamerite or not?
02/04/2019 15:08:49

I saw a thread somewhere and one used car polish on the finished article, that may work later, another put some parts into the oven and then carefully coated it all in wax. Not sure the missus would approve even if I could get the Lathe in there though I'm putting off actually using a Lathe by refurbishing them. I am going to dive in as soon as this one is re-built, honestly I am.

Think I will go the compressor and spray paint route, sneaking in more machinery under the radar. Sounds like a plan. Just need a colour match now. This Lathe was Blue, Green with Red gears previously.

02/04/2019 13:25:40

I painted this stuff last night. Still not dry. Easier to remove though I guess.

02/04/2019 13:14:21


Thank you Ian. My surface prep could be seen to be over the top and three years as a contract decorator will ensure it's a nice finish. Think I am in the market for a cheap Compressor and spray gun after all. If a jobs worth doing eh?

Thanks for the replies. Very much appreciated. Updated my ML4? album with the thread on the head stock so possible identification soon. Just need to work out how to get the head stock stripped. Can't work out if I just need to hit it hard or find a screw in something somewhere

02/04/2019 12:20:13

A little tester from yesterday. It's not too late to go anotherroute right now. I'm just worried the Hamerite may not be up to the job.

02/04/2019 12:18:31


02/04/2019 11:25:11

I'm starting to paint an ML4 and I'm thinking Hamerite Blue. Then I'm thinking should I paint it in Myford colours? Hamerite may not be suitable. I'm even thinking of buying a compressor and doing it properly.

Has anyone any advice or experience before I commit? Thanks in advance.

Thread: Myford workshop Manual
30/03/2019 00:57:30

Thanks Chris, I find it amazing that even Myford don't have such a document when even Clarke do. Just got the manual from Yahoo thanks Hopper. It's a start but I will have to search out some gear photos for a complete picture of how it all fits together properly. I'm interested to find out if I have all the parts required for a fully working ML4. Mike I am certainly challenged, but I just put my 2lb hammer back down again. I will just have shares in WD40 instead.

Thanks to you all for the pointers

29/03/2019 18:54:12

i have looked on there already Brian, possibly missed it? Looking for a strip down parts identification reference guide. If there is such a thing?

29/03/2019 18:30:21

Just wondering if anyone can point me to where I can find a workshop manual for the ML4?

Just for a reference so I know how much I have missing from my latest project.

Thread: Turning over a new Leaf
29/03/2019 12:55:09

Not even sure which forum to post my documented attempt to breath life into this ML 1-2-3-4 any pointers please?

29/03/2019 12:53:03

Hi John, I'm in sunny Blackburn but still trying to keep my Cockney accent as best I can after 15 years of lanky dialect I mean GRAVY on Chips though!! Well to be fair I now agree it's not THAT bad haha

28/03/2019 21:15:09

Thanks so much. I just took delivery of my next project today but think I have bitten off more than I can chew. Photos to follow.

26/03/2019 07:15:24

Thanks Hopper for the pointer.

My aim is to sell this one on ASAP as I'm on a mission to get a fund together for a decent Lathe to tinker around with. Looking at some threads on here my initial plan for a good old fashioned English engineered Lathe is not as important as I first thought.

25/03/2019 20:33:42

Hi Brian

I have uploaded some photos of my first project simple Lathe. My second is a Clarke CL500M. I will upload some pics of that one tomorrow at some point. 14 days and nights solid to clean it up strip it rewire and paint it.

25/03/2019 19:53:22

Thanks Chris I will do.

25/03/2019 19:51:49

Thanks Martin, I guess I will be uploading some then

25/03/2019 19:30:33

Hi everyone

I was hoping to join quietly but it seems my first job is an introduction so.. Here goes. I'm a 50+ Londoner living in Lancashire, that's a very long story in itself. I used to be a Carpenter but the dust is no good for me as I am a chronic Asthmatic, so I thought maybe Metalwork is the way to go to ease my daily boredom.

I purchased a small simple lathe about two months ago on a whim and although it was a little moth eaten it seemed to work okay. I decided to strip it and repaint it as I had no clue what I even wanted to do with a Lathe as yet. So I set about removing all of the old paint and I found that it was hiding some P38 disguised as glue so used my (second hand inherited) welder to bridge the gap and fix it. First ever weld and it worked okay I think. Sanded and re-painted I was now hooked so went out looking for more.

i'm all in and have now completed a second refurbishment of a Clarke Lathe and using it as a stepping stone to something a little better. I try to do things properly so I am renovating as an excuse to not do any turning as yet. looking for as much info before I start to play and save myself from losing my fingers or limbs. I have kept all my photos and short videos as I have gone along so I may share them if there is any interest.

I'm going to be looking for some advice and I'm in turmoil though as weighing up all the different options mean my head gets turned again and again while I am looking for the very best option. I Will have a read of some articles and then just dive in I guess.

Cheers John

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