|All the small parts cleaned up|
|Half nut before cleaning|
|Half nut cleaned up|
|Filthy! Disgusting! (Said with a French accent -|
reference to some cartoon of my youth)
The screws, washers and pin also came out nice. So did the quick release lever and the end bracket that keeps the back end of the screw and rods aligned. Oh, and the quick release rocker bar also cleaned up nicely, but I got no pics of that.
As for the two painted jaws, I got all the gunk off but they still don't look great. I'm not going to repaint. There was an assortment of dried glue and tape adhesive that I removed. But there was also something that I tried to scrape off - not sure what it is - you can see it in this picture.
|Mystery yellowish coating|
|Rust on guide bars|
|Another rusty shot|
|These cleaned up very nicely|
|After - yowzah!|
|Record "buttress" thread|
|Lee Valley Acme thread|
For the cleaning, I gave the screw a bath in the kitchen sink (don't tell the wife) with comet cleanser and a toothbrush. This got a lot of junk out of the threads, but not nearly enough. Next I used a dental tool to pick out and scrape the bottoms of the threads. You can't see it in the picture, but this tool has a couple of angles on it before the point and this helps to get into tough places.
|Using dental tool to clean out gullets|
This worked well, but didn't really clean them. So I got creative and found a piece of string and ran that through the threads all the way into the bottoms. This got great results down deep.
|"Flossing" the threads with string|
Finally I used a wire wheel to clean up the sloping angle of the threads until I was happy.
Reassembly went smoothly until I got to the quick release mechanism. There was a bit of trial and error before I got the rocker bar into the right grooves in the spring adjusting nut. I lubricated with light oil per Landis' recommendation - behind the main screw head, in the QR trigger mechanism, on the slide rods and on the main screw and half-nut. Seems to be working quite smoothly.
Now I have to decide - do I just put the Record vise on a shelf until I need it on another bench? Or do I replace my Lee Valley large steel vise that is on my current bench with this one. I think they have the exact same mounting hole locations. If so, that sure would make it easy ... And I like the QR mechanism on the Record much better than the one on the Lee Valley. Hmmm ...