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Thread: Rusty is ready for a home

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    Rusty is ready for a home

    I've been working on a pitiful little 99K I named Rusty for almost a year now. When I got him he was badly rusted up. It took me three months to get him apart and then another two or three to get him fully cleaned, and reassembled. During that time I was thinking of making him into a hand crank machine. I motorized him to test my repairs then set him back on a shelf. A couple weeks ago I got a slightly used Chinese HC from a forum member and tonight I put it on Rusty.
    Works real good. Now all I need for him is a case. Anybody got one to spare ?





    The original small hand wheel bobbin winder works on the spoked wheel too.

    Joe

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    Sorry no case available here!!! you obviously love Rusty to spend all that time on him

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    My wife says I should make a box. Been thinking about it. Got an idea, might have the materials. Rather buy one if I can find one though cos I've got too many things going right now as it is.

    Joe

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    Rusty was given to us by a guy we bought a treadle from. I took it upon myself to fix him as a learning tool. It was a lot more work than I thought it would be, but nothing really complicated. I think he'll make a good hand cranker once I get him a box.

    Joe

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    I don't know much about older machines, but I find Rusty very interesting. Hand crank, huh? I'm thinking about how much pioneer woman I really have in me...lol...in case there is no power for a long spell. Good job getting him running again. I think making a case is a great idea.
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    99s are great little machines, and worth the effort of fixing them. I bought a 99 to use as spare parts for my first 99, and it turned out to be a better machine! However, it did not come with a base or case. My DH built a base for it, but alas, it has no top. So to answer your question, no spare base/case here. There are plans available online for making bases for these machines, if you have the desire to do the work.
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    I have the design sitting around as other cases. All I need to is copy them.
    About the only tool I might need is the special drill bit to make the hinge holes.

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    Sapphire_Rae,

    How strong is your right arm? LOL
    I sat down this morning and wound a bobbin with Rusty. Eeee Gads what a chore. If you think the bobbin winder puts a load on a treadle machine it puts a double load on a hand crank. Got the job done, but I had muscle cramps and tremors for a while afterwards.

    I guess I'm a wimp.

    Joe

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    Joe, i think you just answered my question before i asked it.... how long does it take to wind a bobbin with a hand crank? i just put one on a 128... long bobbins, and im kind of afraid to try that. HAHA!
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    Kittywolf,

    I didn't time it but I'd guess about 5 minutes. The long bobbins don't hold as much thread, so I don't thing it would take as long.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    My wife says I should make a box. Been thinking about it. Got an idea, might have the materials. Rather buy one if I can find one though cos I've got too many things going right now as it is.

    Joe
    check them out on ebay....I need one too!

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