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PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 12:32 pm 
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Thanks Rorschach,

I know what you are saying and you are correct, but in Germany we have
a different relationship to our machines.

If you had done this to a lathe machine in Germany, you would have been demoted
to the workshops brush and broom brigade, and would have never touched a lathe
again.

Nice sunday.


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The choices, as far as I know are:
Repair.
Find a secondhand replacement.
Make one from either cast iron or tool steel.

But you know that.
I reckon with a small casting like that which is accurately machined, you stand a good chance of getting distortion. Risky I'd have thought, but I'm really not an expert in that.
I'd get in touch with all the breakers and machine tool specialists I could find on the off chance I could get the part. Keep an eye open on eBay as well.
There might be a local one man band or "bloke with machines in garage" who could make one for a reasonable cost. The only way to find people like that normally is by word of mouth. Model engineers, and custom / vintage bike car people might know somebody.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 12:59 pm 
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as its a cast part it will have to be preheated then tig welded (With helium and argon) in layers to build it up then milled back to shape and surface ground

I would be concerned removing the end of it as its casted and more than likely has threads/carrier(s) in it


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Like I said, any repair may do more damage. Welding up such a large area will almost certainly cause warping and possibly enough stress to crack the dovetails depending how brittle the cast iron is.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 4:12 pm 
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homebrewer wrote:
Thanks Rorschach,

I know what you are saying and you are correct, but in Germany we have
a different relationship to our machines.

If you had done this to a lathe machine in Germany, you would have been demoted
to the workshops brush and broom brigade, and would have never touched a lathe
again.

Nice sunday.


I have a good relationship with my machines but I am also aware they are tools to be used and that they may get damaged. Function is more important than looks.


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