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Thread: Stop motion clamp frozen - featherweight in sad condition

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    Stop motion clamp frozen - featherweight in sad condition

    I recently purchased a white featherweight. It is in sad condition. I will
    eventually have to strip the paint, sand, prime and repaint. I am slowly taking
    off pieces and cleaning them. I am waiting on Dave McCallum's featherweight
    book and DVD's before doing too much.

    My biggest problem at this point is the stop motion clamp/knob. It is frozen. I
    have sprayed the gap between the clamp and the hand wheel with liquid wrench and
    PB penetrating catalyst. I stood the machine on the extension plate end and
    hoped that the lubricant would soak in and loosen the gunk. I also tried
    turning it with a pipe wrench but I could not get a grip on it with my pipe
    wrench - maybe my pipe wrench is too big?

    I would love to get this cleaned up and working but I am not sure if I can
    restore this machine.

    Anyone have any suggestions on the stop motion clamp?

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    On the tough ones I use curved jaw "vise grips" cushioned with scrap leather or old belt.

    Jon

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    Triflow and a hot hair dryer might do it. Let the Triflow sit on it for a day or so - then add more Triflow and then apply the hot air.

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    Did you get the screw out of it, otherwise it is holding it.

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    The screw is out. So far no movement on the stop motion clamp.

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    Stop motion wheel unfrozen! YEAH!!! Took a week of standing on end with liquid wrench filling balance wheel. Ordered V-jaw channel lock pliers. When they arrived today, I rocked the stop motion wheel back and forth a little and off it came.

    Now the hand/balance wheel won't come off. This time I am trying PB penetrating catalyst and time.

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