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Thread: Restoration - Wheeler & Wilson #8

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    Thanks again folks. I have been really busy for the last few days with making armor but I am done with that project and am back on the "old girls"

    Trying to remove the pulley for this unit has proven to be the most challenging aspect yet..

    There are two screws that set most of the components on this machine. The 2nd screw on the pulley is the one that goes into the keyway and prevents it from slipping. This screw would not move.

    In order I tried:
    1. Force - Screwdriver
    2. Brute Force - bigger screwdriver
    3. Brute Force with attitude - screwdriver with vice-grips clamped on them for leverage.
    4. PB Blaster (rust eater)
    5. Krud cutter
    6. Heat
    7. Heat and #3....

    8. Drilled a hole in the center of the screw with a milling machine and used an "easy out" to remove it.

    Drilling the hole in the middle of the old stripped screw
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    here is what is left of the screw with the pin that makes up the bottom of the screw.
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    Now, to reproduce the set screw...
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    Again, another fascinating restoration process. Enjoying it immensely.
    Sweet Caroline

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    turn out that I will not have to fab one up...

    McMaster Carr sells them. (Hex head not slot screw but hey....)

    http://www.mcmaster.com/#set-screws/=ldjyjn

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    so, here is a couple of shots that I took after putting together enough parts to get it off the kitchen table....(oops)

    here is a normal light shot the shows the decorative plate and the remains of the bed designs
    (Yes, they did bed designs on W&W #8's)
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    Here is the same shot under a flash. (Really brings out the details)
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    here is a full view. The band-aids on the glass presser foot are because the needle bar has NO resistance to up and down movements while disconnected from the drive line. The glass is already cracked, and I do not want it getting worse. (BTW - I am looking for glass inserts or additional feet, this one is a gathering foot...)
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    NOTE: The damage to the paint on the arm is going to be one of the bigger issues to overcome while trying to preserve the original details...

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    Oh, I've really enjoyed these pictures. Don't have a clue, but I love to tear things apart. You are really fantastic.

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    LOLOL
    Quote Originally Posted by barny View Post
    ... I love to tear things apart. .
    I think that applies to me too....

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    FYI Steve, the WW No. 8 will sew without the glass presser foot insert. I bought my No. 8 from my OSMG. He did give her an oiling and did a stitch test. When I told him later that I found one glass foot in the drawer (the Plain Glass Presser foot), he was surprised. He did not know about the glass feet. Goes to show you that OSMgs don't know everything. Charlee bought a set of glass feet from Mike Anderson of Wolfgangs Collectables. I am also searching for the glass feet to complete the set. You can see pics of my No. 8 here.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage-antique-machine-enthusiasts-f22/wheeler-wilsons-no-8-a-t190935.html
    Sweet Caroline

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    Nice job Steve. I know I read on QB somewhere that you can make them fairly easily out of plastic. I bet it was Miriam or Kathy that was in on that conversation. Maybe ask them how it is done.
    ~G~

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    This is a wonderful post! Love the way you explain and also give pictures of the steps. IMHO restoration of these old machines is the only thing that will save them from complete disentagration. Keep up the good work! I would like a complete pictorial of these types of projects too.

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    Wow, a night and day difference. I have a #9 that needs work. I bought it for ambiance in my quilting studio, so I'm not in a hurry. It was in the same shape yours was in, but I cleaned it up the best I could.
    Bernina 640, Singer 201-3, Singer Centennial 15-91, Tin Lizzie 26" long arm

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    Boy, I like the way you have changed the looks of that old machine. really spectacular. I too would follow the blog of pictures on restoration of old machines.

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    Oh Steve, you should be so proud of yourself. You've done such an amazing job!

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    What a spectacular work. Thanks for sharing. I am french, and I found that it is only oversea that you are able to do such a restoration. I loved this post!

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    Thanks folks. I have been wrapped up in the acquisition of more machines. I should get back to doing the WW8 soon.

    The main issue has been the screw that we had to drill out. Since these machines were made before the SAE standards were put in place they are completely unique threads/diameters.

    I just bought a small benchtop metal lathe (Craftsman 109, look it up, it's a cool old tool) so that i can make my own screws and bolts. It should be here Friday.

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