Got the spindle put on the lathe head and all the bearings off.
Couple of quick questions:
1)The lathe bearings are inside the oil seals (felt rear, rubber front) so do I oil the new bearings? Using grease would just seem to mix grease with the oil as the splash lub runs?
2)Do I heat up the new bearings before putting them on, and if so, just just a hot air gun? Thats what I was thinking of doing - around 180 deg or so.
3)How do you recommend pressing on the front bearing?
4)Due you use the rear threaded nut to set the rear bearing as the spindle has to be in place before it goes on. Any way to know how much to tighten?
5)Last, Where can I get new oil seals for the front and rear of the spindle? The rear is just felt and I can get that OK, but the front appears to be a special rubber seal and its ripped, I think from day one. Couldn't figure out where to get one (and what to ask for) and the best way to remove and replace it.
I got great instructions from you experts on R&Ring the Mill. If someone can help me out on the Lathe, I think I have a good handle on getting the guy up and in good running order.
Thanks in advance for all your help!!