An alumnus has just donated a Vandercook to our university; after saying, “sure, we could use another”, I learned that it is a Universal II power carriage w/ adjustable bed and that owing to the weight of the press, moving it from its former home (the second story of a barn) required dissassembly.
The good news is that we successfully moved everything and now have the large pieces nicely reassembled in the studio (thanks to our U. Idaho machine shop guys!). For school/student use purposes, I don’t need the tower/tapes nor do I want the power carriage. Some of the blog posts make this conversion seem fairly straightforward (attach stub to imp. cylinder then attach handle) and it looks like a new motor on 110V to drive the inking cylinders is not too dificult either (thanks Paul). Oh, for Census purposes it is stamped 19840 and Winard
For a person w/ only SP and Uni I experience, I haven’t figured out the adjustable bed yet (haven’t studied it yet) but recalibrating it seems a bit tricky(?)… (At any point you could suggest getting the 2nd edition of “Vandercook Presses” to address a number of these questions :)
And what is the vacuum pump for? Can I leave this unconnected if I’m essentially going as manual as possible? With so little info on the Uni II should I study the 219 or are these each their own animal?
Any big or complicated issues that a fair level of press experience wouldn’t be able to eventually figure out? Most of the parts have been labeled w/ written and photo instructions, BTW. And it seems very complete (minus a lock-up bar, alas).
Thanks for your input and links,
it doesn’t look that heavy on a flatbed truck, but it is a bear.