missing parts from my 320

I have a disassembled 320 who’s missing a few parts. I have no idea where they went to, probably some sculpture kid ran off with them. Anyway, as I see it I have 3 options. 1] find replacement parts from a scrap press 2] machine new parts based on actual pieces or plans 3] sell the sellable parts. Ironically, the lockup bar & the entire inking assembly is present and accounted for, except for needing recovering. I don’t know what’s wisest here, so any advice or help is appreciated.

thanks much,
alex brooks
press eight seventeen
lexington kentucky

The parts missing are:

NS-357 PLATE
NS-344 CYL. TRIP WEDGE
NR-231 SHAFT
NS-444 safety bar
[other attached small parts]

-trip bar-
-NS351 TRIP BAR-

-gripper trip rod-
-LR79 GRIPPER TRIP ROD-
-LS112 GRIPPER TRIP CONN.-
-LR80 PUSH ROD-

cylinder trip plate

gripper trip rod

 

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The Arm NYC
16 years ago

Alex,
I’m very glad to hear that, man! Let me know if you need any detail photos for the reassembly.

Daniel Morris
The Arm Letterpress
Brooklyn, NY

Fritz Klinke
Admin
16 years ago

All the parts listed can be readily made. The NS-444 is the most complicated with 3 parts and some rivets. I just looked at the blueprints for each of these parts and there is nothing out of the ordinary that the machine shop we work with can’t make. The cost is undetermined at this point, but I roughly guess at around $600, and if that gets an otherwise good press into operation, then that’s a valid investment. It should not become a parts press.

The Arm NYC
16 years ago

Hey Alex,
This is pretty bad news. I have been looking for pretty much any 320 parts I could round up over the last year and didn’t find too much.
First thing I would suggest is that you look at bit more around that place and see if a box is hiding somewhere. If that fails you might consider trying Ted Salkin (check the Briar Press classifieds), but I suggest you push for photos of anything you are buying from him first because a lot of his stuff sat out in the desert for years.
If you can’t manage to get it back together get in touch and I’ll buy a big heap of those parts off you.

Daniel Morris
The Arm Letterpress
Brooklyn, NY

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