I got the...
...buttoned-up yesterday. For those keeping track, it's right here:
...and looks like this:
I'm going to start by reitterating...
...and here's some more proof:
That's after a single swipe on the disassembled unit. (You can sort of make out the path on the unit in the background.) It was covered in thick, black, grease.
As another example, here's what the nylon cog looked like to begin with:
...but after a little...
...it now looks like this:
The silver lining of this unit being so filthy, is that it yielded some pretty great comparison shots:
And I don't think I'll ever tire of this one:
To my surprise, there was another thing to clean once I peered around the Match Unit:
So while I had access to this second bell, I took it off, cleaned the solenoid, and gave the larger bell the same treatment as the first.
Not as dramatic as the first transformation, but still sittin' pretty:
(Pardon the grainy "before" shot...didn't really think to shoot that one beforehand.)
I did, however, encounter a problem on the Match Unit before I got it back together. There was a blackened coil on the unit:
...which, on first glance, I assumed could be dusted off and I'd move along with the remainder of the cleaning. Unfortunately, on closer inspection:
...this thing looked like it had bubbled-up. I'm guessing it locked-on and overheated earlier in its life, so I'll likely have to track down a stuck switch at some point.
*Makes note on Hay-Ride to-do list.*
On top of that, the coil stop was seemingly welded to the solenoid. I tried using a lot of might and twisting and jimmying, but nothing budged it. Thankfully, Steve Young at PBR came to the rescue. I placed an order for that, my stopless coil stop from back on the thousands reel, and several other goodies that should help me bring this beautiful machine back to the glory it deserves.
With all that said, this unit is essentially done. I reinstalled everything, save for the toasted coil and stop. Here's your final dose of self-indulgent comparions:
And for all intents and purposes, the backbox is done! The final few things I need to complete are:
1) Replace thousands reel coil stop bracket
2) Replace match unit solenoid and coil stop
3) Clean the...
Which means, this'll be the last substatial update for a while.
See you in August when I return to the state. ...unless I can find a way to fit the cabinet in overhead.