I have just picked up an old No. 14 Vandercook Proofing Press, model no. 7459 from Wellington NZ.
The cylinder spent the weekend soaking in a bucket of diesel to un-sieze the mechanism and is now moving beautifully.
Judging by the off-set on the cylinder packing, it was possibly printing in South Africa, up to 1981, before moving to a commercial printers in Petone.
I have searched the site but cannot find an exact similar press.
I am trying to ascertain the year of the press, so as to determine whether or not I should have grippers on the cylinder (tend to think it may not have had them?), as depending on the year of manufacture, some did and earlier ones didn’t.
Any tips on what to do with out grippers, would be appreciated – does this mean the paper is placed flat over the hand-inked type and then the cylinder rolls over for the impression?
The next thing I need to know is how to measure the height of the press bed, with regards to acquiring a galley height piece of metal or not. Lock-up bars etc, chases, steel pins etc.
I am also going to have to ‘reload’ the cylinder onto the press to get it in the right position. I’m also assuming the flat stand is for a inking brayer?
Thanks in advance for any help,