Very cool post Jax
My reaction to the righty/lefty was the same when I saw the photo.
I recently acquired an old lath also.
First thing we did was clean it, lubed it and anchored 'er down.
The next task was to get the head stock out of the motor so we could install faceplates and different chucks.
This was a bitch.
It was seized inside the tapered hole.
We had to drive it out from the back of the motor.
Once it was out, we cleaned 'er up and now it's just a firm tap with a wooden dowel to change it out.
We have a lathe Guru that helps us out. He was the one that gave us the confidence and know-how to get that piece removed.
We were just standing around, spinning it back & forth trying to figure how the thing came out.
I am very, very new to wood turning but these guys are great at sharing ideas and experience...thanks out there.....
oh yeah.....and YouTube is your friend.........