Thursday, 28 February 2013
A Horror Story
And a truly hideous picture to match.
This was the state of the innards of the 15K inside the back inspection plate. Somebody decided they didn't need oil, so they just smeared the works liberally with vaseline. It might have kept the machine turning, but it also combined with (or possibly caused) a degree of rust, leaving a thick dark brown greasy deposit which smelt, not surprisingly, of vaseline and rust. I took this picture after I had already cleaned some of it off.
It was the same story when I took off the stop motion screw - loads of vile greasy muck was hiding behind it.
The remedy was a good scrubbing with an old toothbrush dipped in paraffin. I cleaned the back of the stop motion screw with neat washing up liquid.
The machine is now thoroughly cleaned and oiled and I am looking forward to giving it a good run.