Need Live Centers for Old Craftsman
I recently picked up an old Craftsman lathe, model 113.23881, on eBay in very good condition for $115 (included the optional table/stand). The only issue is that both the centers are missing. I started by trying Sears' PartsDirect.com site and decided to try my luck with the substitute parts listed there (a Morse Taper Cup Center and Spur Center). Now that I have both in hand, it appears neither fit so I'm looking for some advice and hoping someone out there has the same or similar machine.
At the head end, the spur center will fit into the spindle but there is nothing but friction to keep it from spinning. I suspect that this wouldn't be enough once I had a project mounted on the lathe however it does appear from the parts diagram in the manual to be the same method of installation as the original part. (I had originally expected that the head end center would be threaded onto the spindle rather than fitting inside it.)
At the tailstock, the cup center is too large a diameter to fit inside the spindle. Here I'm assuming that the part substitution that Sears recommended just isn't the right size and I'll have to search out an old one.
Any thoughts or suggestions are greatly appreciated.