Someone had painted it silver. It is pretty clear that whoever did that just got out the spray can and went to town, right over the dirt. The silver paint comes right off along with the dirt. But there is just so much of it.
I wanted to start on the wheel today but I was worried about the pitman. It's wood. Hard wood, most assuredly, but wood still and 104 year old wood at that. I did not want to get it wet. I did not want to break it . I wanted to get it off.
I went to Treadle On and looked up how to take apart the treadle base http://www.treadleon.net/sewingmachineshop/treadles/servicingtreadles.html and felt confident that I could do it. They stated that it is not necessary to remove the pitman. True, but in this case it had to come off.
Removing the dress guard was easy. I was surprised and encouraged. Perhaps removing that screw to the wheel would be easy. NOT!
I grabbed the nut behind the screw and turned it. It moved, finally. Then I was able to loosen the screw and back off the cone bearings and finally get the wheel off. WHEW.
In order to get the pitman off, though, I had to loosen its "adjuster" and remove it. See how I backed that screw all the way out?
The little half moon top piece practically fell out, along with a washer that sits between the two pieces.
But I did not want to lose this very important and special piece. So I tacked it to the wall and took a picture of it. It needs cleaning too..
Speaking of which, yesterday Steven and I drove over to Gilbertsville to look at a treadle. It was in worse shape than this one. It, too, has a wooden pitman. I offered less than the asking price. The asking price is firm.
My plan for tomorrow is to try to finish the cleaning. I think that it will be a breeze now that the pitman is free.....Oh, yeah, I gotta find those parts....(UPDATE, I found them this morning, Independence Day,.......just had to know where to look)