I worked on the 301 long bed some more today. This machine is a keeper if only because I have spent HOURS cleaning it up. Today I took the hand wheel off and the motor out. The brushes still have some life left in them, though the commutator is filthy.
I promise that I will take this motor apart and clean it up. Someday.
I discovered some very creepy stuff near the well of the hand wheel. I call it spew. It was crusted on the body of the machine but dissolved with denatured alcohol.
I think that it came from the hand wheel because the texolite gear is discolored with similar stuff.
I also am a bit freaked out by the appearance of the base of the machine in one of the corners.
I think the gray stuff is a rotted rubber foot. I am worried about the white stuff.
I posted a querie on Vintagesingers and hopefully I will be allowed to post a photo there. If not, perhaps some one will take pity on me and check out these photos and help me out. I think I am on my way now to search for a schematic of that hand wheel mechanism. Could be something in there died and got "spewed" out.
I did have to set "Sal" aside today. I wanted to work on the Featherweight I bought on eBay from the Northern Catskills.