Thanks for all the kind remarks, guys.
It was definitely an exhausting process. I spent probably five full weekends on it. Everything was completely stripped down and removed, hand polished with scotchbrite, pads, etc...
To answer Phinds' question: I am a Carpenter but trying to get more into custom woodwork/millwork, and particularly woodturning. I had been searching a long time for something with at least 8' CTC capacity to be able to turn porch posts and columns. Primarily this is my interest in the machine, rather than big bowls, but I'm sure I'll do a few of those as well.
This machine is great because 90% of the time I can leave the bed closed and have the extra floor space, which is critical in my small shop.
This is one of the few machines I own. In the background you can see the classic Delta 1460. This is my second lathe and is a great machine as well. I also have a Deltra drill press, small Delta band saw, and Delta 6" jointer.
Next weekend I am going to be picking up a Crescent 12" jointer.
And next on the list will be a 10-12" table saw.
Old is definitely the way to go for me.
I am an OWWM member; it's actually how I found the lathe!