After disassembling, cleaning, greasing, oiling and reassembling, I scraped and wire brushed the exterior then applied a coat of light coat of oil and wiped off the excess. She purrs like a kitten now.
Better image of the unusual grease zerk. It can actually be seen now that I’ve removed about 1/16” of crud.
This thing spins like a top, they sure knew how to make ‘em back in the day. It’ll outlast me.
The original intent was to degrease and paint it black, I still might, but I’m liking the nice patina. The only down-note is that it will not fit the spot at the end of my bench. The leg is too close and I can’t tighten the clamp. Guess I’ll have to find a new spot or maybe just make a small stand.
Next up is a tool rest … to be continued.
-- -- Rick M.