Vintage 1920’s South Bend Catalog

Pages from a 1920’s vintage South Bend catalog give instructions for mounting con-rods in a lathe and boring the bearing.

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Image courtesy of South Bend Lathe Co.

Sent in by a reader, these scans are from a vintage South Bend catalog printed in the 1920s and can be used to make an attachment for a lathe to re-babbitt and restore gas engines. The pages include a list of equipment needed to bore con-rods, instructions for mounting con-rods in a lathe, and boring the bearing to the exact same size. Also, how to use micrometer carriage stops to face ends of a bearing to matching length. Perhaps these will save our readers some time in searching for solutions for a future project.

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Thank you for sharing, Richard!

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