It's time I get rolling on a thread for this thing or I'll never get a chance to put it up. Some of you will remember the cattle brand art pieces I did for a family. My wife and I have been flying them for the last 9years. The father owned a once successful machine shop specializing in work for the offshore oil industry down in Louisiana. Today the machines are silent and the business is closed. They've made the money and time for them to move on. Ya see, I've always had a hankering to own a bridgeport milling machine for whatever reason that might be. I believe it comes from this... Back in the 1980's, our family had a friend named Emile Zlacket that lived in St Pete, FL. Emile was a typical retired old fart living in florida. He was a short, fat Lebanese guy with a dirty beard and always had on a dirty white T-shirt and funny looking plaid shorts. He drove a 10yr old Buick La-saber with baseball caps across the back window and he loved his golf and snook fishing. One day I watched a squirrel climb up his golf bag and steal his crackers out of a pocket. You should have seen that fat bastard club the daylights out of his bag trying to hit the damn squirrel. Well, Emile was retired from TRW. When he left the company, TRW installed a brand new Bridgeport and a lathe in his little one car garage. Emile was a pro at developing fixturing for QA testing. He was retired, but still worked hard in his spare time for TRW. As a kid, I remember being blown away with the precision pieces this guy made. How he kept that stuff from rusting is beyond me. His house was on the bay! So what am I going to mill with this???? I have absolutely no friggen idea! I just knew if I ever had a chance to nab a smaller bridgeport, I was going to take it. The family I work for offered me this old 1981 Series 1 bridgeport with a boatload of stuff for FREE! It was just up to me to haul it the 800miles home. My wife and I grabbed a rental car and headed to Louisiana last wednesday. The following morning we met with a machine shop buyer and he bailed on the sale of the rest of the equipment that I thought I had sold. There goes my free transport I had lined up back to houston! I just about gave up and my wife nagged me to figure out how to get it home on our own. I called a couple of LTL companies and they offered to haul it for $800, but then called back and said they didn't know how to move it. We were sunk. No one these days will rent you a truck with a trailer hitch except uhaul. So we were off to rent the smallest box truck they had and I asked for the 2 axle trailer. They said they didn't let those trailers go one way. So I grabbed the 1660lb 5x9 trailer. You do what you gotta do. They under rate the hell out of their equipment just for dumbasses like me. We left southern Louisiana around 6pm on Thursday night and arrived home Friday morning around 11am. We only stopped for about 2hrs when the fog got bad near San Antonio at 4am. Once at home, I found a local rental company that gave me a warehouse forklift for 100bucks. The only downside, I had to get it to my home on my own. The lady told me most folks just drive them to the job. Fine, so she says cut down the side of the building and go behind down a running trail by our local university. I should be fine. Well, it wasn't fine. I took a wrong turn and ran into a dead end in the grass by a driveway. Surrounded by 8" curbs, that I couldn't go over, I backed up. The lift was doing fine until I tried to turn around. It sunk in the grass. Here I am sitting on a busy street corner stuck in grass on a forklift that belongs in a warehouse. Buddy arrives with a pickup and some planks, yeah that wasn't happening. First wrecker service I called said 2-3hrs and the 2nd showed up in 10minutes. He dragged that thing sideways tearing up the universitie's grass and pulled it onto the truck. After some lawn remediation, he met me back at the house and dropped it off. Now I'm $125 bucks lighter for the recovery and tow (which was a bargain) I now have to remember how to run this thing. I drove a reach truck 20years ago at HD in college. I lifted the BP a few inches off the trailer and pulled it out from underneath. Sitting it in the garage and this job was almost done. I skipped the shortcut through the grass and slowed traffic down returning the forklift. The machine is just REALLY dirty and doesn't seem to be worn completely out. I ran a dial indicator across the table tonight and was pretty impressed with what I saw. The table is practically spotless from witness marks. My plan is to pull the table, yoke and knee off this thing. I can then get in there and replace the oil lines and give it a much needed clean and some fresh paint. After that, I guess I'll turn my attention to the head, turret and ram. I will need to replace the oiler and I think the mister system doesn't work. If I find anything else earth shattering, I'll deal with it then I guess. The feed on the X works a treat so that's a plus. As you can see from the photos, it came with a nice vice, a 3jaw positioner and also a 100lb thingamajigger to cut gears I guess. So I'm completely new to this thing, if you guys have suggestions, I'm all ears. Youtube only gets ya so far. I will need to go down the VFD road I'm sure. This machine is already variable speed, so I just need the VFD to convert my single phase to 3phase. I might just roll the dice and opt for a 100buck chinese VFD. Meet Terry. He ran this shop for years. He doesn't want anything to do with machining anymore and is content chasing crawfish. I was prepping the machine for transport. It really helped flipping the head around. We must have loaded it perfectly. There was no wag or sway going down the road. Things got a little crazy going over bridges. The weight of the mill really raised and lowered the ass end of the truck. The truck averaged about 12mpg. Gas was $2.10-$2.34 per gallon. Finally in the driveway. That was a REALLY long night. Most of the way, I ran just 60-65mph. Lesson learned..... Don't drive a warehouse forklift across grass. DUH!! I can do this.... I think! I really need a 3car garage! Hope I don't need that table saw anytime soon! Actually, I stuck the mill here for a reason. I figure, during the cleanup, I will need to get parts and pieces outside for paint etc... Amazing what a green pad and a bunch of wd40 will do. If you have any tips for cleanup, let's hear em! I've been considering walnut shells in the blast cabinet for little parts... hmmm I'm guessing a VFD should run this and I can keep the original BP controls for speed. A FWD/REV jog function would be nice however for tapping.... IT WORKS!!!!!!!!!! The rapid traverse is a cool feature. Mister is said to not be working. I'm guessing you load this thing with coolant and air pressure and it keeps stuff cool.. KURT WHO???? This vice has character! This sucker weighs a ton and mounts horizontally and vertically. I think it's either 9" or 10" across. Then there is this beast. 100+ lbs of god knows what. I found it on a shelf in the office and Terry said he wanted it to go with me. It came with some discs, whatever they do.. Carroll indexer. So first question right out the gate I have is.... WTF is this thing for and should I have a 2nd one on the right side of the mill? My guess is it has something to do with a little box wired onto the electric feed???