Photos from 1/10/2002
an 8x12 Chandler & Price Letterpress from a Basement.
Disassembling an 8x12 C&P for moving.
This press was donated to the Alexandria Township (NJ) Historical
The press was in a basement and had to be taken apart for
(See notes on the procedure we followed below
on any image for
FULL SCREEN megapixel image and quite a bit more detail.
|Procedure we followed:
It took about 2 hours, moving slowly and carefully all the way.
- First, we removed the entire throw-off assembly.
(note: re-mounting the throw-off can be tricky. Be careful
when you bolt the curved back plate on and adjust gently. Wiggle things
a lot and test it before you tighten the bolts)
- Then we removed the flywheel.
- To remove the flywheel, we first drove the main drive
with a block of 2x4 and a 3# hammer.
- Once the gear had moved in, the key was free to remove
- With the key out, the gear came off
- On the flywheel side, we removed 3 screws and then backed
and wiggled the flywheel until it came all the way out. We had to turn
it a bit to get it through the slots on the side of the machine.
- Then tied the press closed with a heavy rope - wrapped
knee-high cross piece in the front and
- Then we removed the side arms
- And let the back (bed) down gently onto some 2x6's. Mr.
helped guide it down, but the lowering was controlled by the rope in
- Then we loosen the shaft collars and begain driving out the
shaft using a heavy drift pin and 3" sledge hammer
- note: on a subsequent move, I finished up
driving the shaft out using a broom
long and it fits perfectly. It's much easier to drive out the shaft
from the outside than from between the legs.
- we greased a pair of 2x12's with motor oil and then pulled
the ramp with a mobile chain hoist using a come-along as backup.
- Then we hooked up the come-along to the trailer hitch and
it up a ramp onto the trailer.
At the other end, we unloaded at ground level - where it stays.
Reassembly was pretty much the reverse of this process. But, on another
move, we learned that the throw-off lever assembly may need to be
coaxed into place and adjusted a bit.