Obviously its been a little while since I posted on this thread, mainly because I haven't done anything on the car. As of late, I have been focused on getting my new equipment installed, hooked up and working. Additionally I have been dabbling in some work type stuff (got to bring in some revenue to fund the projects). On the equipment front, here is where I am;
Mill - got a Series 1 Bridgeport with power feed and DRO. Upon arrival I had to remove the head and replace the drive and timing belt. I also had to spend some quality time cleaning years of old coolant, cutting oil, and general grime. I am in the process of repairing the power feed which had a fried circuit board. I got a Kurt mill vise with the machine which was horribly dirty, but it cleaned up nice and I repainted it.
Lathe - got a 1942 South Bend 16" x 7' turret lathe. This machine was in pretty good shape overall but insanely dirty. Initially I had an issue where the machine would not reverse, turned out that it was a bad electrical connection. currently I am in the process of installing a quick change tool post onto it. I spent a lot of time cleaning it and while it still isn't truly "clean" it is far better than it was.
Band saw - got a Jet VBS industrial band saw. Before I got it, it had sat in a green house for a number of years. Generally it was pretty clean and in good shape, however once I got it hooked up I discovered that the blade welder didn't work. It did work once but then died, not sure what is up there but since I don't expect to weld any blades any type soon, I will be fine. I ordered 2 new blades (10' 4" long) and it works pretty well.
Finger brake (aka box and pan brake) - I posted a picture of the huge brake I obtained, however it is in excellent condition. I have a friend that has a sheet metal business and he was hot on it, so I ended up selling it to buy a pile more equipment. I ended up buying a 48" finger brake to replace the monster.
22' HD press brake - bought a SWAG Off road press brake that will bend up to 5/8" thick (3" wide), will do 15" wide 1/4" plate.
English wheel - bought a HF English wheel, I've wanted one for a long time (not exactly sure why). This is the "new and improved" model but does not come with additional anvils. I had to buy the extra anvils from Northern tool.
As you can probably tell, I love tools. Now I need to get back to work on the car