Breathing new life into an old Kurt

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Breathing new life into an old Kurt

Post by whisperfan » Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:28 pm

So I picked up this Kurt D60-1 ... it was in okay shape. The bed was good and that is whatI was most concerned with.

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The top had a big circle (like from a fly cutter) in it with a smaller concentric circle and two squares ... making it look like it was vise 00 .... not 007 (Bond, James Bond) .... just 00. There on the left side of the movable jaw there was a long line and it went off at a right angle ... the deepest was about 12 thousanths

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I paid nearly as much for the shipping as I did for the vise ... but together they were still less than 200. I just couldn't find one around me at a decent price.

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Re: Breathing new life into an old Kurt

Post by whisperfan » Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:30 pm

I didn't take any 'in progress' shots (they are pretty simple) but here is it done

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Re: Breathing new life into an old Kurt

Post by whisperfan » Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:33 pm

I like to put a couple button head cap screws into the side of the jaw I am not using just as a thread protector

I chose 'Safety Blue' by Rustoleum ... not perfect, but a pretty close match. The hardest part was finding those little drive screws in my ares to re-attach the SN plate.

I made the 'soft jaws' from 1018 and ground them on 6 sides ... they came out nice. I'll probably pick up hardened jaws at some point and I ordered a handle from Kurt for 31.00 .... cheaper than most on eBay!

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Re: Breathing new life into an old Kurt

Post by pete » Wed Mar 20, 2019 1:11 am

That came out really well. Cheaper than probably any off shore 4" and far far better in every way other than when you have to lift it on and off the table.

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Re: Breathing new life into an old Kurt

Post by Bill Shields » Wed Mar 20, 2019 6:33 am

you might want to look at the Gibralter spinner handle for these vises...they are very handy...(McMaster).
Too many things going on to bother listing them.

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Re: Breathing new life into an old Kurt

Post by RSG » Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:10 am

Nice job!
Vision is not seeing things as they are, but as they will be.

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Re: Breathing new life into an old Kurt

Post by SteveM » Wed Mar 20, 2019 6:57 pm

Nice job.

I asked Kurt if they sold paint and they said no.

I think they are powder coated at the factory, but it would be nice to touch it up.

He told me that a close color is "Ford blue", I think the blue they used on engines.

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Re: Breathing new life into an old Kurt

Post by Bill Shields » Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:13 pm

the Kurt that I bought from e-bay was (and is) totally devoid of any paint...which is probably why I got it so cheap.

Your blue looks very nice.

FWIW: you may find that a 1/8" step in the top corners is a very useful option to have for 'quickie' hold jobs
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