Thursday, March 25, 2010

Old Tools RULE!

Some really good friends of mine just happen to have an old Bridgeport J-head sitting around collecting dust and offered to bring it down from storage so it could get some use. WOW! Love old tools! Especially old machining tools! It's a 1957 J-head Bridgeport and it apparently started life out in a coin mint! I feel very fortunate to have it in my possesion! Going to restore it the best I can and get it dialed in.

Down side: TOOLING! UHG! Pretty much have to start from scratch. Not to mention, it's been a very long time since I've used a mill for anything purposeful!

Good news though... Going to start working on some of the "Whatchaworks" ideas that will be eventually extended to you folks. So stay tuned!

Thanks Andrew and Dave Brudnicki!


Tman said...

Oooooo! I can see some turned aluminum coming outta that mill!

ScooterMcRad said...

That's right buddy! Some other stuff too!! :)

David said...

Can't wait to see the cool stuff you do with it! --Dave

ScooterMcRad said...

Spent a TON of time cleaning it, oiling all the ways and screws, and tramming the head. It's ready to go! Even polished a couple parts. I will post pictures when it's all done. Restoring the vise right now and the new jaws should be here this week.

Toadeus Maximus said...

I recently stumbled onto a bunch of milling bits. Don't know if they'd be of use to you on this bridgeport but if so i'll make you a sweet deal.

Drop me an email at and I'll try and reply with a few photos of what I have.

btw, Richie sent me.