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Getting Closer – Just Another Week

So it’s just another week until I get to lay my eyes on what I bought. The trailer rental has been arranged. A double axle open trailer that should be able to handle the weight. I have to get a bunch of tie-downs to secure the press on the trailer, and I have been thinking about the process of getting the press onto the trailer. Tomorrow I plan on looking at the trailers and measuring some details. I think I should prepare some blocking for the rear of the trailer for when the weight of the press lands on the deck. There is supposed to be a forklift available, but even with a forklift – or especially with a forklift – there is only so much reach. The trailer is 12 feet long and has boards and rail around the front and sides. So the only way to get the press to the center is to drop it on the back and push-slide it forward. For that the back better be supported well.
More after the visit to the trailer place…

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Hi! This is going to be a record (and possibly a discussion) about the rescue and rebuilding of a C&P (Chandler & Price) old style letterpress.

This is what the main frame of the press looks like at this very moment. It is laying in a pile of gravel, outside – and has been there a few years. I don’t know really how long. There is a thin layer of rust on all parts.

If the present owner and I can come to an agreement, I’m going to recover it in the next couple of weeks. Then I will start to remove the rust and first evaluate the shafts, threads and bearings to see if there is enough to work with, to make it operable again. Part of me wants to say “no thanks – too much work”, and part of me is a sucker for the challenge…

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