Kelsey 5x8 Model U

I recently acquired a Kelsey 5x8 Model U printing press. Luckily, it appeared to be in good condition and have all the required elements except the rollers. Unfortunately, before I could pick it up it was completely dismantled for “ease of transport”. So, now I have a handful of hardware and about 60 pounds of cast iron in various sizes and shapes. While, I appreciate that it will now be very easy to clean and oil I have no idea where to even begin reconstruction…S.O.S. from St. Louis.

Briar Press won’t allow me to upload photos for some reason so see the link below for photos in dropbox.

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I will help you assemble your press…

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Wow! You have a very nice bunch of parts! The only thing I can add here is the rollers will cost about $189. I am sure Ink Spot and other members of Briar Press can talk you into a full restoration of a very nice 5x8 Model U. I consider the 5x8 Kelsey and the 3x5 Kelsey the best they made - the 6x10? Stay away from it…

I’m looking over these parts and it looks like part of the roller carriage the left saddle where the roller hooks are inserted is broken off - I’m not sure. All so, several of the shafts are well worn and need to machined or replaced so they can be easily pressed back into the main chassis. Just a coupla notes here…

I forgot to mention in this discussion ‘cause I got so interested in lizrudloff re-assembly of a Model U 5x8 that I forgot to mention my restoration of a Model P Kelsey 5x8 which is now done. It looks almost “new” never used. Even has the original chase bars and set screws. I use quoins. The problem? The roller carriage has a crack under it as it sits on the main shaft. Not good! One throw of the press handle and my roller carriage will break in half - maybe. So any info on cast iron welding a Kelsey would be of interest here.


Why do you say to stay away from the 6x10?

Gil, we can repair your cracked roller carriage by brazing. Send a few photos for a review and price quote.