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Thought I would start a new thread on this as the "Milling Machine Sizes" thread didn't seem right any more. Also thought some of you might enjoy seeing my pain and agony as I stumble my way through this. Maybe we can all learn somethings together. Here again is what I started with.
 

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My machine is a 1958 series 1 J. I would like to thank Kenny for providing me with a free copy of a home grown rebuild manual. It is a very good starting point and I provided a copy here. I also discovered this sight:

http://icai-online.com/

And preceded to order their renovating guide. I must admit, this was $20 well spent. Very good detail and lots of pictures. Highly recommened if your are considering owning a J head Bridgeport.

I also bought a table powerfeed servo, oiler, t-slot covers, oil, and new wipers. very good people to work with.
 

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Thanks Randy,
I'll be anxiously keeping tabs on your rebuild...From time to time I've seen "rough" Bridgeports advertised on CL for cheap money. If rebuilding works out for you I might go that route myself after I build my shop.
 

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Dave, I would highly recommend getting one of the renovating books this place sells. I really wish I had a copy while trying to evaluate the machine. The info. is great for shopping as well as teardown and maintenance. I know it is a small up front expense but well worth it. That is if you know you are going with a Bridgeport.

http://icai-online.com/Bridgeport-1J-Repair-Service-Manual.html

The free one that Kenny supplied and I have attached in a previous post is a good start though. The purchased copy has many more pics and is perfectly detailed.
 

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Thanks for the tip....having a "Home" for it would be the first step, so theres a ways to go before I even LOOK. I'd also like to wait hear your overall impression of parts availablity, etc... when your all done.
 

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Anxiously awaiting to see some chips flying Randy:good2:
 

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Thanks for the link and attached files. An acquaintance of mine has a Bridgeport; but I don't know what year it is.

I hope you paint yours something other than yellow. :D

This should be an enjoyable thread to follow.
 

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Thanks for the link and attached files. An acquaintance of mine has a Bridgeport; but I don't know what year it is.

I hope you paint yours something other than yellow. :D

This should be an enjoyable thread to follow.
You are welcome Matt. I am hoping we all can learn some things from this.

Well, the paint scheme is going to be the boring gray for a couple of reasons. The primary being it is more difficult to make a color change properly. The second if any of my color doesn't stick at least the underlying color will match.
 

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I dont want to throw doubt into the mix...but if you get some good paint/primer, thats shouldnt be a problem...
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That is true, or even a second coat, which I may have to do any way. :unknown:
 

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After two solid weeks of soaking in penatrating oil the ram and turret are now seperated. Of course I persuaded it just a bit.
 

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Given the age of that mill, the parts appear to be in remarkably good condition, or it was rebuilt at some time in its past.

Either way I think you'll have a good tool when you're done.
 

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Yes, it looks in good shape-you can still see the frosting on the ways. The feed nut looks like is has a chunk out of it?

One note though: You should lift the table from more the one point, that's a lot of pressure in the T-slot and it could break out.
 

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Given the age of that mill, the parts appear to be in remarkably good condition, or it was rebuilt at some time in its past.

Either way I think you'll have a good tool when you're done.
I am completely guessing, but I don't think anything has ever been done to this machine prior to this. All that old oil is taking some scrubbing to get it off. I am really pleased at how it is going and the actual condition of the mill. :yahoo:
 

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The feed nut looks like is has a chunk out of it?
There are two spots on the nut housing that look like that. They are on both bearing bores at the tail end. I looked really close at them and my conclusion is it was made that way. When closely looked at, it almost looks like some maching was involved. I need to get it cleaned and a closer look.
 
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