I found this on Rollanet.com this am, I'm not connected in any way, just thought someone here might be interested.
That's what Steve is installing in his garage to power his new lathe.
If I live long enough to get around to it.
That would be a fun addition to a recreated early Ford workshop. I wish I lived a lot closer to where it was being sold. I could probably talk my Santa into getting it for me for Christmas. But then there are several other projects that really should be worked on at my house before I purchase another one.
Thanks for sharing. I hope it finds a good home. Actually, I hope it or something similar eventually winds up in Richmond Indiana and we open up a working "Ford Shop" as part of the museum. Sort of like Williamsburg, VA has the many different shops showing how things were done or made back in the day.
I haven't mentioned that idea to Jay or the MTFCA board -- but I know of at least one person (that would be me) that would like to see something like that as part of the museum or near the museum etc. someday in the future. The museum probably has other higher priority projects, but that is still one that would be appreciated and supported by some of us.
Sorry for the thread drift -- thank you for letting us know about it.
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Those photos are great to see. Thanks for sharing this.
I wish I had seen them when I was doing a painting of a Buick repair shop. I had to guess at a lot of the detail.
This story goes back a bit...but is cute...
In the 1980's I sold industrial common lineshaft driven heavy machinery and my territory was Michigan and Ohio. The line could go 300 feet long, and it was shaft/coupling/machine/shaft/coupling/ machine...etc. with floor mounted 2-7/16" pillow-blocks all over the place for stability.
So I'm in a factory in Adrian Michigan one day and the guy decides to buy a single machine component from me. We settle on specifications and price...then go out to do a measure up to see what else I may need to prepare for.
Boy, was I surprised! there was no floor mounted sequential lineshaft drive! It was a common shaft overhead belt and pulley system the entire length of his factory! I smiled and said...maybe we should talk about a DC follower drive for this one?
He laughed...you want the order, you figure out how to use it as is! I did before I left...but on the ride back to the airport I couldn't help but think...my kind of guy!
We cut some of it out of the Chevy plant which prior was the Marquette plant which was prior the Rainer plant.I took some out of a old farm shop and the shaft was Monel! Bud.
I love this overhead stuff. I have dreams about making a small setup for my shop.
One of the oldest buildings on our property that we currently use as a machine shop for our railcar repair shop, still has the long shaft, bearings and smooth pulley system up in the ceiling, from when the shop was used as a steam locomotive repair shop before the turn of the 20th century. I assume at one time there would have been long wide leather belts connecting the four pulleys to the various shop machines needed in the repair of the steam era locomotives. We've never had any need to remove it so we just left it in place. I would have posted pictures, but I left my camera at home today. If anyone is interested, I can post pictures tomorrow. Jim patrick
Yes, pictures would be nice. Seeing the details of how the stuff is mounted might be a good reference for anyone wanting to set up a shop.
I'll bring my camera to work tomorrow and take several pics and post 'em for those of you wanting to build a turn of the century shop. Jim Patrick
You Tube my friends here in Abilene. Central Texas Tool.
I've posted before about the Soule' Steam Festival, Meridian, MS on the first weekend of November each year. I'll remind you later.
The machine shop connected to the foundry has an overhead line shaft which they claim to be the longest still in use in the United States -- I have no way to confirm or deny that claim.
As people walk through the shop on Festival days, and see all the machines running and the overhead shaft spinning away, they are universally struck by the fact that all along the shaft there are round plates with bunches of holes in them, spinning away on the shaft for no discernible reason. They tend to wander all up and down the shaft. Everyone wonders what that's all about!
Well, I happen to know Bo Soule', the last owner of the foundry before it was shut down, and I see him there at the Festival. I asked him about it.
It's a simple thing. The pulleys on the shaft that drive the belts are all built in two halves. The halves are clamped around the shaft, then the round plates are bolted to both sides of them, making them a whole pulley. Last, a couple of setscrews are tightened onto the shaft to position the pulley and make it spin.
I mean, how else would you get pulleys on and off the shaft, without taking the whole thing down??
The picture in the post above is a shaft a few feet long. Consider a shaft a hundred feet long, with maybe 30 pulleys operating machines, and what would be required to take everything down just to add a pulley for a new machine!
It makes an interesting display, as well.
I'll take pictures this November and post them.
Here are the photos I promised of an existing, but unused overhead pulley system in the ceiling of what was a 19th century steam locomotive repair shop. Jim Patrick