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Holy crapolla Batman... 17-23 bucks for a 12oz can...

I think that black looks GREAT!!!

btw.. did a google on the paint and under images there is yur saw...
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Excellent job.
You have far more patience than I do.
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Holy crapolla Batman... 17-23 bucks for a 12oz can...

I think that black looks GREAT!!!

btw.. did a google on the paint and under images there is yur saw...
Thanks, Bill - I like the black a lot now that I've lived with it for a couple of years.

Mine showed up on a Google search? Cool, I'll have to tell my wife I made it on the Internet!!! Yay me! LOL!

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Here are the parts laid out for assembly, including 3 different sets from different years of PM manuals on the 66. Even though I have a reprint from 1990 none of these shows the three belt pulley. But that's ok, I figured out where the third belt went...
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I didn't show this earlier but the only clean portion on my old rust bucket of a saw was the magnetic starter. When I pulled the cover off I was quite surprised to find not only how clean and dust free it was, but also the original wiring diagram tucked neatly in the lower right corner.
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Since I couldn't get a match for the PM Gold I wanted to preserve some little facet of the original color, so I masked off an area under the starter in case I ever want to go back and look at it for matching later (doubtful).
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The trunnion, remember, took many weeks to even get it to move when I first started this project a couple of years ago. Well, when I put the trunnion back in I expected it to move rather freely - it didn't. Because I wanted it as freely moving as possible I started shimming the mounting brackets/bearings until it moved as I expected. I have some 0.003" brass shim stock and I used three pieces on the right and two on the left, if I remember correctly. You have to be very careful each time you loosen the bolts and raise the flange or it will move left/right and then you have to start all over. As you can imagine, this took a while but I think it's worth the effort.
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This is how it moved when I first mounted it -

And after shimming, and a couple hours of tweaking, it moved like this -

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One thing I failed to mention is all the fasteners required to put this back together. There were only a few specialty fasteners I reused but I went with a list of all the nuts, bolts, washers, set screws, etc. to an old fastener company and they had all but a few items. It's a neat place if you've never been to a true fastener supply company. We used to have a few around here but now there's only one, but I handed them the list and for the next 20-25 minutes or so the young man individually bagged and wrote on each what the bag contained. Total invoice for this - about $14. Fabulous!
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As you can imagine, there was a LOT of this - cleaning threads after the sandblasting, rust, and painting. Most of it I did prior to assembly but I forgot about some, like this one, and had to do it in place around what was already installed.
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My friends will pick on me for the detail I go to on a project but they love it when I help them with their projects. Here's an example on the start/stop switches. I couldn't leave this looking dingy so I pulled them out of the starter box and cleaned best I could but in the end I needed to repaint the lettering bright white.

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After –
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I know it will run better with the lettering properly tended to...

Earlier I showed the video of the trunnion, where it was too tight and then after shimming I was able to get it freely moving. Here are some photos of the trunnion installed.
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The worm gears are centered and backlash set as best I could so that there isn't much play when changing direction. Only the tilt gear is active in this photo but the raise/lower gear was set to the same specs when I installed it. You can also see the back Silicone caulk I used on any gaps in the cabinet seams.
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Everything mounted!
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Another view, tilted –
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One more –
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When I got the saw back a few years ago one of the first things I did was to take the motor down to a shop in town and let them make the necessary repairs. I understood that the motor was 'burnt up' but in fact, the windings were still good. They changed the bearings, cleaned the motor, replaced the capacitor and fan - $160.

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You got more patience and emotional attachment than I got. You could have just shot the guy that did it and saved a whole lot of time. lol

Shows there wasn't much respect for things back then, too.
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You got more patience and emotional attachment than I got. You could have just shot the guy that did it and saved a whole lot of time. lol

Shows there wasn't much respect for things back then, too.
LOL! Yep, that would've done it! But I chose the high road; he knows what he did and has to live with that but I thoroughly enjoyed the rebuild and have a great saw now. And I doubt he has any idea what it looks like now but that's ok, I know what it is now so we're all good.

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You not only have much more patience than I, you're also kinder. I might not have shot the guy who did it, but I would most assuredly know that he knows exactly what it looks like now, how long it took me and how much it cost to do it.
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Nice job on the PM66 table saw. I like the old iron power tools also. I have saved 2 Unisaws, an Atlas drill press, jointer and an old Italian bandsaw. The work on the old iron is as much fun as wood working for me.

You should get years of service from that PM66 saw.
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LOL! Yep, that would've done it! But I chose the high road; he knows what he did and has to live with that but I thoroughly enjoyed the rebuild and have a great saw now. And I doubt he has any idea what it looks like now but that's ok, I know what it is now so we're all good.
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