The 'How-To' of a Shop-Made Rod Lathe Using Only Hand Tools

| January/February 1999

2301 61st Street, Lubbock, Texas 79412-3320

Last fall, 1997, I sent pictures of a shop-made rod lathe using only hand tools, a ? inch drill motor and some welding.

You expressed interest, so I submit this article which might be of interest to your readers who need to re-babbitt their connecting rods during their restoration process.

The chassis is a Ford cylinder head, however, any block iron could be used, as long as it had a milled surface for the top, and a milled surface on the side and end, with each surface 90 degrees to each other.

On one end the chassis is supported with angle iron legs. The other end is supported with a plate ? inch thick with 6 inch width---to this plate 2 inch x 1 inch channel irons were placed ? inches apart--these channels are placed after the center line of the boring bar is established.

The 'V' block is made from 3 inch angle iron with a window through which the wrist pin end of the rod passes. The 'V' block is welded to a plate which adjusts vertically, and clamped from the back. To the back of this plate a ?' inch square is fastened with screws to keep everything in alignment.