Here's the before. Now wait for the afters. Hopefully I can do this!
Attachment 383726Attachment 383727Attachment 383728
It's a beauty and so is the cabinet.
She is going to be beautiful when you are done. The "Lotus" is is another on my wish list.
I love those lotus machines! It's on my wish list, for sure!
I thought the slide plate was missing then I found it when I looked in the storage compartment the machine slides down into. It's the original with all the patent dates on it.
I have a replacement slide plate on my 66-1. It works and covers the bobbin, but it doesn't match or even come close to the original finish. I'm still looking for an original one. It's good you found yours.
Yesterday I did the top part of the machine workings. All cleaned and oiled. Turns smoother now. Today I plan to do the underneath, bobbin case, and last clean the finish on the machine itself. I did put some oil on it while I was working on the top part just to protect the finish that was left.
I had to dig out what was left of the bobbin tire with a screw driver. I think the bobbin winder will work fine, at least it seems to be mechanically OK. The tension spring is very questionable but the assembly works and it's clean now. The presser foot tension also works but I couldn't get everything off the metal rod. That still doesn't look great. The faceplate and that metal cover in the back don't look great but they are better than they were. I'm not sure it's possible to get a new looking polish on them. The handwheel came out pretty good but there's nothing I can do about the missing chrome in several places.
I'm sure I probably used too much oil but I guess that's no harm done. And that Liquid Wrench stuff is great!
A good product to use to shine up the faceplate and other chrome surfaces, believe it or not, is ketchup..