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Here are a few of the fly presses from my collection. I have an interest in preserving these great old machines. Many I have literally rescued from certain death in the smelter. All are Australian manufactured machines. I restore them by:

Completely dismantling

Stripping paint and grease from parts

Regrinding damaged sliding surfaces

zinc priming all parts to be painted. 

refinishing parts

assembling and adjusting press

I am looking at techniques of restoring well-worn presses by the addition of silicone bronze to replace metal that has been lost through wear. I am also fabricating custom made stands for some of the machines that don't have them.

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Welcome aboard Rick, glad to have you. If you'll put your general location in the header you might be surprised how many Iforge members live within visiting distance. I see the Southern Cross and a "Made in Australia" sticker so maybe your mates are a little more spread out. Still, restoring useful machinery and tools is a good way to get to know metal heads anywhere.

A fly press opens up so many things, it's enough to make a boy envious.

Frosty The Lucky.

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