Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 08:02:20 -0800 (PST)
From: William Spurling
Subject: Re: Linotype 14


We made it OK with no particular problems.

Now that I'm here, I'm glad that I picked up both machines
in one trip but I was pretty tense about the load on the
trailer. I'm also REALLY glad that I didn't try to do this
as a one day trip. Probably wouldn't have been possible.

We drove pretty slowly (55-60) most of the way back, stopped
for dinner at Arlington, OR and arrived in Yamhill at 10pm.
Backed the trailer up to the garage, unloaded the pickup and
covered the linotypes with a tarp until this evening.

Would you be at all interested in selling that tire and wheel
that you loaned to me? If so, I will ask Susan when I return
the trailer if she is interested.

Thanks for all your help.


Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 19:13:05 -0700
From: John & Amy Hern
To: William Spurling
Subject: Re: Linotype 14


You are a mind reader, I was just going to write and ask how your trip
was back to Yamhill; and your message was at the top of the list.

I'm also glad you got both machines, you will grow to appreciate a
"parts" machine you can experiment with regarding dissassembly. Heck,
you might even want to get it running to cast border slides with, or
ornaments. No reason it shouldn't do that easily, the only part that
looks rough is the distribution and keyboard. Also, it would do that
without the driveshaft; the one that is bent on your good machine. It
would be good practice... Hmm. If you are interested in this, I have a
border slide outfit I can fix you up with.

Sure, I'll sell you the spare tire. You need one, darn it! Make me an

Please feel free to call if you have any questions on your machine.
Wish you were closer, I'd like to help you get it set up. Also,
remember the offer to come up here and fool around in my shop; you're
welcome any time.

Congratulations on joining the diminishing ranks of type casters!

John A. Hern Jr. 1900 Millview Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814 Dipl.Ing. Mechanical Engineer

Date: Wed, 28 Oct 1998 13:46:30 -0800 (PST)
From: William Spurling
Subject: Linotype 14 Unloading


Got the machines unloaded without incident Monday evening.
I pretty much did what I was planning (putting the rear of
the truck up on blocks) and by the time the 1st linotype
was pulled to the rear of the trailer, the back of the trailer
was resting on the ground and the ramps were perfectly
lined up with the bed. Straight gentle slope to the garage
floor; the 7' clearance was not an issue, maybe because
the angle was so shallow. The first machine did poke thru
the plywood ramps as you had suggested it might, so on the
2nd one I just stuck 2x8s onto the ramps and slid it down them.
It started to go crooked but we put Tristan's pickup off at
a 90 degree angle to it and attached a 2nd come-along and
gently coaxed it back into a straight line.

Really glad I got it done Monday, it started raining early
Tuesday morning.

Its kind of sad looking at the parts machine, someone has
seriously vandalized it, needlessly breaking lots of the
small castings on the left side. I found broken beer bottle
glass laying inside along with lots of mats. I really
haven't had much chance to look at them, we didn't finish
unloading until 10:30 pm Monday and I had a meeting last
night, weekly fire drill tonight so maybe tomorrow evening
I'll be able to spend some quality time with them.

Found a place on the Internet that has a parts catalog that
covers the model 14 so I ordered it.

I am sure I'll have lots of questions and may try to get
over there but it probably won't be until spring.

Concerning the spare tire, would you accept $25.00 for it?


Date: Wed, 28 Oct 1998 14:58:40 -0800
From: John & Amy Hern
To: William Spurling
Subject: Re: Linotype 14 Unloading


Glad everything went well unloading.

I didn't realize you didn't have a parts catalog. I have several, could
have given you one.

The more I think about it, the more I think it would be good practice
for you to get the parts machine running as a border slide caster. I
think it would do that with no problem. Yah, it's sad what happens to
these machines, that is why I like to see them find good homes.

Sure, send me $25 for the spare. Glad you didn't need it!

John A. Hern Jr. 1900 Millview Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814 Dipl.Ing. Mechanical Engineer