Vandercook 3 Proof Press

Does anyone know if  a Vandercook 3 Proof Press is galley high or type high?  Serial # 7617.

Also, what is the exact size of the steel sheet that comes in the bed?  I want it to be able to fit in the bed (inside the lock up bar).  I have tried printing without this steel sheet (as the sheet the press came with was warped), and am having major problems getting the print type high.  So either A LOT of packing needs to go in the tympan, or I have a galley high press. 

Thanks for your help. 

Aimee

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Will S
Will S
10 years ago

Hi Alan-

I purchased the No.3 from Aimee in mid-2011, and she had found an oscillator by that time. I’m not sure where she found it, but I will email her and ask.

She also had a bed plate made, and the press has been working well for the past couple of years.

Will

Alan Runfeldt
10 years ago

Ainmee –

I, too am in search of an oscilating roller assembly for a Model 4 that I am restoring. Did you have any luck in finding one for yours?

Got any leads you might be willing to share with me?

Thanks
Alan
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Eric Holub
Editor
13 years ago

With a simple ruler, the .918″ bearer would measure about 23 mm or just under 15/16″, the .968″ bearer slightly over 24 mm or just over 31/32″.

Paul Moxon, Moderator
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13 years ago

All No. 3s have galley height beds.

The method to determine whether a bed is standard or galley is the same as I told Bert in the previous post: Place a type high sort or mounted illustration cut in the bed next to bed bearer. If cut is level with bearer, then it’s .918″ bed. If cut is lower then it’s a .968″ bed.

A bed plate is .050″ thick. When having one made be sure to specify cold-rolled steel (not galvanized) for a uniform surface.

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