K O Lee Surface Grinder Rebuild

About a year or so ago I snagged a very dirty K O LEE surface grinder on Ebay. It didn’t take any bids for some reason (probably the shipping). I’ve spent a while cleaning it and fixing whatever needed attention, and I’m getting dangerously close to firing it up.
I’ve been tripping over the original coolant pump, and finally got fed up enough to haul the heavy turd up to my bench to part it out. I had planned on just popping a 10$ Harbor Freight pump in a 5 gallon pail for coolant, and be done with it, but after taking a good look at this coolant system I decided to reconsider. It is built on a decent sump with a 3/4″ steel plate for a base, and built like a brick outhouse. The cast aluminum belt guard alone made me want to save this piece. I LIKE American Iron better than I like Chinee junk. Time to put my money where my mouth is.
I didn’t take any pics of the grinder rebuild, but its about done, so I’ll try to show this part of the build. Theres still some work to do on the grinder, too. The pump is real dirty……..mvc-012fmvc-013f
The permanent screen filter is a plus (I’ll try to find a replacement, and keep this as a spare)
Here are a couple of shots of a really nicely made “oil gauge, filler cap” and manufacturer’s data plate; another excuse to
save this crusty bugger.
About a week later………The completed base.
The pump apart, its in real good shape. The pump shaft is supported by roller bearings and has a grease fitting to lubricate them.
The only wear visible is on the pump cover, where the gears have cut into the cover a couple of thousanths.
Heres the cover after a few minutes on the belt sander……..
Heres a couple of shots of the assembled pump. Nothing really tough about the assembly, just keep it clean, and I used Loctite anerobic gasket eliminator. I dug up a tube of marine grease and gave it a few shots in the Zerk fitting. The pump felt alot smoother cleaned and lubed.
Onto the coolant delivery manifold……………….

Long story short: This project stalled after I realized (was informed by a viewer) this was actually the hydraulic pump for the table pistons (that aren’t there anymore), so its of no real use to me. I gave it to Rich Soby (gageteer and all round square dealer), who is going to make an elevator lift pump out of it. Hope he gets further along with it than I did.

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Dillon 650 Attachment For My Bridgeport Mill

In my ongoing quest for another square inch of space in my shop, I was cleaning a storage area (tossing trash is more like it), and ran across this long idle tool. I’ve been wanting a stable, adjustable loading bench for a while, but it hasn’t been a wicked priority for me. It struck me that theres not too many more stable, adjustable points in my shop than the table of my mill. I’ve had this short section of U channel that I’ve been tripping over for too long (that coincidentally was painted close to Dillon blue), and decided to trim it and drill a couple of holes in it. The end result is a real sturdy fixture that comes off right quick (thanks to the short T-bolts left over from the vise rebuild). mvc-009f
The whole “fabrication” process took about an hour (less the painting and drying time). I had a can of “old ford blue” left over from some other project that matched pretty good. I still hafta tweak the loaded cartridge catcher bracket a little, but so far it looks like a winner. It occurs to me I’ll hafta be pretty dilligent about stray powder residue and milling sparks, but I can deal with that. I might need to come up with some enclosed cabinet to store the press, and all the attachments to keep it clean, but that strikes me as being a plus in the long run. After looking at the pics, I noticed I need to pay more attention to leaving my lathe drum switch in neutral, too!


Minor bummer during the assembly process: I wonder now if I REALLY need my old Rockwell/Delta drill press. The BP is so adept at drilling/tapping the drill press almost becomes redundant, but its a luxury I don’t know if I’m ready to give up yet. Now all I need to do is dig out all my loading supplies, I think I’ve got some Bullseye powder and some 200 grain LSWCs around here someplace…………

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