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    1948 Craftsman 103.23640 drill press restoration

    A few months ago I got a great deal on a 1948 Craftsman drill press. Found it online for $50! My plan was to do a light tear down and clean it up. I knew the cord needed to be replaced as it had a bad cut in it. The first time I turned it on it purred like a kitten and ran great. The second time it sparked real bad at the cut. I started to really tear it down this past week. The new plan is to do a complete restoration on it. I am currently thinking of doing ford dark shadow gray paint. Here are the pics of the progress so far.



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    And here I put stripper on it last night.

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    Sturdy looking drill press. Really like the older tools as well.
    One can never have too many guns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by green and red man View Post
    Sturdy looking drill press. Really like the older tools as well.
    It is solid for sure. All cast iron. Pic of the inside of the head assembly.

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    Nice restore job !!

    Nothing like restoring a old piece of machinery.
    Looking forward to more pictures!!
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    well after church today i tried to take off the paint stripper. it worked so so. getting into the small areas is a huge pain in the butt. I put a second coat on and will either try again after work tonight or tomorrow. I used a combination of wire brush, pneumatic air grinder, scraper, and these bristle brushes for the drill. i will need to buy more pads for the air grinder.

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    looking forward to seeing it finished. I love the art that went into tools in the past. Can't find things like that today, its all about function and how cheap they can produce it.
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    Agreed @sir_malaki

    After work I got the main body pieces cleaned up. I need to run a brush one more time on the pieces then clean with acetone, tape, and prime the pieces. I also got the motor mostly apart. Hoping to get it apart later today/tonight. I'm kinda torn on the color for the body. I am liking these three colors right now. White, dark shadow gray, or bronze fire.

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    since its a 1950's model, I suggest turquoise, white, and chrome.

    something like this
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