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Nellster
27-07-2010, 07:01 PM
First of all, Hello to everyone.
I've joined the forum because I cannot find people and info that are relyable until I found you.

I have just been given a 1930's ish Colchester Master, think it's an early example because it has a clutch lever over the gear head. I need to strip the lathe to transport it, and then , hopefully restore it. Has anyone got any tips, Honestly, I think I need them.
Many thanks Neil.

BillTodd
28-07-2010, 08:12 PM
Just in case you haven't found Tony's site:

http://www.lathes.co.uk/colchester/page14.html

He may have manuals too.

BTW He's always after pictures, so take plenty of your restoration.

Bill

Nellster
28-07-2010, 10:55 PM
Just in case you haven't found Tony's site:

http://www.lathes.co.uk/colchester/page14.html

He may have manuals too.

BTW He's always after pictures, so take plenty of your restoration.

Bill
Thanks Bill for the reply. I have seen the site but the information is limited. I hoped there was something a bit more in depth on the web but, the old girl is almost 80, and it will take time for the web to catch up. Many thanks again, I will re-visit the site and try to gain more info. Neil

irving2008
28-07-2010, 11:25 PM
Best place to ask would be the Colchester Owners Group (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ColchesterLathe-User) on Yahoo

Nellster
30-07-2010, 07:37 PM
That was a good call thanks, Lost of photos but posed a question and it still isn't posted, I've only got a week before I have to move the lathe and I think I,m going to have to wing it a little.
How much is a sensible amount of money to spend restoring this lathe, I know it was given to me, but I don't want to throw loads of money at it only to find it's worth very little?
thanks again for the link....Neil

irving2008
31-07-2010, 12:00 AM
Theres one on ebay at the mo for 150, but not one thats as old as yours. TBH for a 1930's model probably worth no more than 200 tops, but thats not the point is it. How much to restore? who knows, depends on what needs doing and what facilities you have...

Nellster
31-07-2010, 07:42 PM
That's brilliant, I was worried that I could be messing up a bit of history.
The clutch hub is shot, so it means I can fit a new motor, and variable speed inverter drive for flexibility without being to concerned.
Thank you again for the information. I am sure I'll have more questions as soon as I have my hands on it. 6 days to go!