The Gallery — Summer 2009: C&P Restoration

Revealing the hulking beast

By July 2nd I'd done a fair bit of work on the press since it arrived a week earlier. The ink disks and assembly came off, were stripped, de-rusted, ground smooth and repainted, and the ink disc gear pin was repaired (which had sheered off at some point). The gripper bar and grippers were stripped, and the bar painted, and the counter completely disassembled, cleaned, repaired and put back right. Next up was the nameplate, and then the platen...

Timeline...

Ink disks and roller bearers removed; most of the press here has gone through two rounds of degreasing, but needed more rounds of spraying & scrubbing...

 

The counter stripped down and cleaned...

 

The name plate soaking in degreaser (below). After soaking, the mineral build-up that you can see in the photo underneath had to be gently chisseled away to bring back the outlines of the lettering.

The name plate finished up and back on the press (below).

 

Community C&P

By July 10 progress was coming along nicely, but what was interesting over the past weeks was meeting and getting acquainted with some of the folks who live here on 25th Street that I hadn't had the chance to get to know over the past two years. Restoring a 1912 rusted out C&P in your driveway certainly drws people in, and it's been a lot of fun describing and explaining to adults and kids alike how the press works....

The press in the driveway, and the ground soaked with grime and grease, with the '61 MGA along side...

 

The platen on and off and rusted, and, below, cleaned up...

 

The ink disc before and after; I still need to take a rotary sander with some superfine paper to buff this smooth.

 

The press bed almost there. Another round of paint stripper to remove the last caked on ink, and one more round of rust remover, then a light buffing with the sander...

The pinion gear, platen and press bed cleaned up...

 

A reminder of what the thing looked like when it arrived, and (below) what it's become. The ink disc is still off for ease of moving the press when the time comes, but everything else is back on and turning smoothly. Next up is to get a new set of rollers, and a motor...

 

The press is more or less good to go, and I've managed to find an old 3/4 horse motor to run the drive wheel. Next up is to get the beast up to the college, where it will live for the students to work with, but not before Fritz at NA Graphics gets us some rollers...

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