Here are some photos of the "before" of my Hardinge HCNC Lathe that will eventually be rebuilt and retrofitted. I have had the machine for probably 5 years now and could really use it in the shop. So as time permits I will finally start working on it. It needs a lot of work but the base machine (ways, ball screws, spindle) seem to be in good shape. Back in the day these machine were incredible and many are still in service. The basic motion retrofit is not a big deal for me. The tool changer however is another story. I am missing many of the parts so I am planning on redesigning it to work with parts I can make. Right now I am in the information gathering phase. There are some great examples of retrofits of similar machines such as http://www.wallacecompany.com/cnc_lathe/HNC/. On some levels this project will be more involved because of the missing parts but I am thankful to have some examples to look to. Hopefully this blog will give someone else information they can use to save another one of these beauties.