I had spoken briefly with Miss C. about my new aquisition. I have always wanted to build a steam engine. A real one. One that could do real work.
Problem was, I don't own a lathe nor a mill, and while I know it is theoretically possible to build said without either, I don't have the patience.
Then I got my "baby" She is a circa 1924 South bend 9" lathe. Now, the way it was explained to me (by the former owner who is a friend) back in the day when this lathe was made, many shops were still shaft / steam powered. So this has a 3 pulley belt drive.
Sometime in the 30s, they started offering an option that converted the lathe to run on electric motors. This was basically an electric washing machine motor of the day connected to another three pulley system.
That is mine. This thing is in immaculite condition, and I can't wait to start learning how to use it.
Now if any of you know how to accurately figure out when this was made, and where I can get some more chucks for it, I'd be interested.
I can't find a serial number or date any where on it.
EDIT: I did some research and found that this is a South Bend model 405 (also sometimes called the model 5). I managed to find the serial number. It is 87578 and that means it was made in or about October of 1937. So a bit newer than I thought, but... So now I know what I have, I can start the quest for parts in earnest.