I recently purchased my first press- a Kelsey 5X8 model O online. The gentleman I purchased it from, was quite good about packing securely, however despite that- when the press arrived the gooseneck on the press was snapped clean in half. The guy I bought it from is willing to compensate me for the cost of repairs, however I will need to arrange repairs. What can be done? Can I use a strong adhesive like WellBond, or am I going to need to contact a machinist company/ someone that does welding?
The photo below, shows the press, with most of the peanuts and packing material cleared out. I have slipped a piece of blank paper between the gooseneck and body of the press to clearly illustrate the damage.
Also does anyone know how to manufacture/ where to purchase a platen back spring?
Yeah its a weird place for a shipping related break – but the gentleman I purchased the press from has been a standup guy about replacing/repairing the gooseneck so I’m erring on the side of believing the shipping exacerbated existing damage that this guy didn’t notice maybe?
That is my thought as well – I am hopeful that John Barrett at Letterpress THings might have the replacement piece available in his warehouse.
I am also slightly concerned about the possibility of accidentally damaging the gooseneck in the process of removing it though. Apparently (and I quote) the Model “O” makes this a challenge as the shafts, if original are peened over at the the ends and will not pass through the parts without great care. I have no idea what peened means – aside from the possible double-entendre- but it does not sound simple.