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That old belt drive south bend is pretty cool. That is steam era stuff when jack shafts and a stationary engine ran whole factories.
I think this is just after that era; while still having technology from that era. If this were a free standing model, not bench top, you wouldn't see the belts as the motor would be below the headstock. That's how all of ours were in school. They were all 9" South bend lathes from the 50s.

We had a couple pictures from the old school when the lathes were all run by belts, jackshafts, and steam; the machines had spoked flywheels, and looked quite a bit different. Very cool to look at in depth and see how they accomplished power transfer in those days. Very humbling

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Sorry to derail and appreciate the advice. Much like I suspected but hey... it is a ShopSmith, 2nd gen., not some little wimpy ass HF wood lathe.

Truth is... I haven't used any part of it beyond the table saw anyway.
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You would be better off with a shitty Harbor Freight metal lathe over a converted shopsmith. It'll be more accurate for dimensional parts, but still won't hold up to a good quality lathe. But for shift knobs and the like, the HF one will be more than good enough to knock out some parts and get you use to running a lathe.
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I knocked out my first of three shift knobs on the lathe at work today. Just a little project messing around. These will be going on my doubler. Made of brass.

Nice!

So, what other little projects on our Broncos could be completed with a lathe? If a guy had some time to kill... :)

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Eh mostly decorative pieces. Most parts we could make, must also be heat treated, ie axle shafts, pistons, wheel spindles, wheel lugs.

You could make center caps for wheels, the cap part of manual hubs, or a billet exhaust tip (lol).

Just a little fact, a lathe is the only machine capable of making a working version of itself.
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Just a little fact, a lathe is the only machine capable of making a working version of itself.
That's awesome

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Nice!

So, what other little projects on our Broncos could be completed with a lathe? If a guy had some time to kill... :)
I have built some coilover misalignment spacers on it. Have made a few parts on the mill as well. A few things take a combination of both. If I ever get around to attempting to make a super light weight buggy, I'd drill and tap the 7075 suspension links on the lathe.

Also, if I ever get around to building on on-board air setup, I'll need to turn the pulley on the lathe. Granted, it will probably be on the CNC lathe, so it will work with my serpentine belt.
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I just got my new combo lathe/mill delivered today.

Grizzly g0791 12x36 lathe with a 3/4 horse gear head mill. Main projects will be gunsmith related. (Here in KS it's legal to make your own suppressor, as long as you don't take it out of state and mark 'made in Kansas' on it.) I'm also planning on remaking many of the tools I made in class that were in the shop fire a couple years ago.

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Man, that's cool! Pick it up new or used?

I think one of the more useful things I could use in my shop is a mill, but man you gotta have some cash even for the old used Bridgeports.

I've been looking around and it seems the milling attachments for my lathe may do 95% of what I would do in my garage, so I might go that route in the future.

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I learned on Bridgeport's. They are the Cadillac of milling machines. And yeah super pricey.

This puppy is brand new, still crated up. Gotta have my buddy come over and unload it with his international 560 tractor... It weighs 1600 pounds. Was right at $4000. Insurance bought it, to replace my OLD 60" craftsman wood turner that burnt. I'm real excited to use it.
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They are the Cadillac of milling machines.
Probably not the best way to compare it. While I know you are talking cars... there was a Cadillac brand of Taiwanese-made machines back in the 80s. In fact, the lathe I use at work is an old Cadillac machine.

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That's pretty neat. Taiwan makes a decent machine, and that one looks pretty sturdy. We had a couple gear head lathes that had that same shape to it, but I can't recall what they were. The gear head I used was a 15" clausing. I loved it.

Anyone know that Kia makes CNC machines? Yes the same Kia that makes those crappy cars. One of the shops i toured had a couple.

I realize that grizzly is nowhere near top quality, but these seem much better than the smaller ones and the cheap Chinese hf junk. And it was in my price range.

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Grizzly machines seem like good bang for the buck.

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I recently inherited an old South Bend 9" metal lathe. I have long been wanting to buy a spare automatic steering column shifting lever to cut down several inches, because when I'm off road and down in 1st gear, the thing is right in the way of my knee!

Since finding those levers without buying a column is nearly impossible or ridiculously expensive, I figured this was the perfect opportunity to make my own!

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One thing I would've done differently-I might have made it out of stainless. We'll see how quickly this one tarnishes and maybe I'll make another one.

These will be good for a np205 twinstick

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