I am working on getting my recently acquired No. 4 (Serial No. 14509) working and have a couple of questions about how to go about removing the cylinder carriage and getting the gears to line up correctly again.
To give you a little backstory, as far as I know, this press belonged to a fine printer, then sat in a warehouse for several years, then was donated to a school, where it sat again unused. During one of its moves, the carriage stops were removed, so I’m missing the front two carriage stops.
The carriage was removed and then slid back on with the gears out of alignment. When I roll the carriage back until it hits the back carriage stops, the grippers are at about 10 o’clock instead 12 o-clock (if that makes sense).
There were no marks made by previous owners to guide me with aligning the gears.
What I’m wondering is:
How heavy is the cylinder carriage (minus the rollers)? Will I need at least two people, one to hold each side? Should I break it down further?
Any general tips? is it just trial and error?
I’ve talked to NA Graphics regarding maybe machining new carriage stops, but is there any chance of finding them used?
Thank you, any advice is appreciated.