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Vintage Lathe chuck question....

So i just bought a lathe today, and I wondering if it's possible to switch out this chick. I can't seem to figure out how to disassemble the headstock, if possible, and put a different one in. It's a older lathe. There's not much too it. the chuck that is on now has a small black pin in the middle that can be removed. Anyone familiar with vintage lathes?
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-08-2018, 04:02 AM
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Unscrew it!

https://picclick.com/Headstock-Assem...997535261.html




https://www.ebay.ca/itm/VINTAGE-AMT-...-/252048897647

That is not a chick or a chuck, it is a drive center. Find the correct size wrenches and unscrew the drive center by using counter rotating forces. It may be a left hand thread, so go easy in one direction first, or CW, then easy in the other next, or CCW. Do not use Channel locks, either an adjustable Crescent wrench or a open end wrench combined with a box end. They will be larger sizes than normally found in a home owner's tool box.... 1" or 15/16"guessing from the photo.
Various types of drive centers:
https://images.search.yahoo.com/sear...piv-web&fr=sfp

As far as finding a chuck, you'll need to establish what the thread is first, that's why you need to remove the drive center. There may not be a chuck that size and you'll be stuck with using the drive center, which isn't all that bad. Here's some different types of chucks:
https://www.finewoodworking.com/2013...hucks-and-jaws
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Just my pet peeve

Just my pet peeve, people go out and buy cheap used lathes and expect others to bail them out, they have no idea what to do with it. Best answer is join a turning club than ask before you buy not after.
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Just my pet peeve, people go out and buy cheap used lathes and expect others to bail them out, they have no idea what to do with it. Best answer is join a turning club than ask before you buy not after.
This would be a pretty dull forum if we all knew the answers and nobody asked questions, we all have to learn sometime.
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The chuck and adaptor for what you have would not be worth the cost or effort to install.
It appears you know little or nothing of turning or what is required for the process.
You need a head sock, tail stock, tool rest some tools a motor or foot treadle. a lathe bench and safety eye shield.
Seriously, if you got the headstock for free, give it to someone else, it will not be worth the cost and effort to get it going.
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I guess you guys that are bashing the OP know everything about everything and have never made a mistake in your life. Come on guys lighten up.
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Looking at the photo Bill posted and making a wild guess that spindle could be 3/4" - 16 TPI, if yours is the same there are lots of chucks and accessories available.

I have several I use with adapters to fit my present lathe, we all have to start somewhere, just don't get carried away with accessories that you can't use if you upgrade eventually, meanwhile have fun.

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