|The Record No 53E with rusty main screw head and tommy bar|
|Rusty alignment rods / slides - that can't be good for this vise's action|
|Crud at the front|
|Crud in the half-nut and its housing area|
|Crud around the quick-release spring|
|Bold on right is not just missing ...|
|... as Bill Murray would say "It's in the hole!"|
|For a few bucks my problem was solved|
|Screw drilled out about 1/4" deep|
I figured that the key to taking this vise apart was to remove the end bracket that holds the back end of the screw and two alignment rods in place. But to do that, I had to remove the pin that keeps the bracket on.
|End bracket capturing the back end of screw and sliding rods|
|Left side of pin going into hole in the wood block|
Worked like a charm. Once the pin was flush with the main screw body, I used a small nail punch to get it the rest of the way out. This pin was interesting - it's got three slots at regular spacing around the circumference.
|One of the slots in the pin|
It might be that these slots make the diameter slightly larger in the middle and make it act like a spring. Anyway, once the pin was out, the washers and end bracket came off easily.
Next the screw fixing the rocker bar was undone and the bar removed.
|Rocker bar screw is at left|
And with that removed (and the cover bracket which had been removed earlier), the half-nut came out easily.
|Half-nut in place|
I also removed the main screw from the sliding jaw.
|Main screw and tommy bar removed|
The only thing that I couldn't get apart was the two alignment rods / slides. There are two covers on the front of the sliding jaw, but I can't get them off and I can't seem to unscrew the rods from the jaw. One of them turned about 1/12th of a turn, but no more.
|One of the covers for the alignment rods|
|And the other one|
If anybody knows that these are removable, please let me know how.
Next time, the clean-up, reassembly and some before and after pics.