I need help with Barber Chair Modification for a set piece

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ProfCoppersmith

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(I hope this is in the right forum, if its not: I'm sorry. Mods please correct me if I'm posting this in the wrong place. Thanks)

I'm working on a set piece for work that is based on a 1950's Takara Belmont Barber Chair. The problem is that it's leaking hydraulic fluid. It doesn't need to be functional, so I want to just drain it fully so I can get it cleaned up (preferably without making an even bigger mess in the prosses) and start turning it into a miniature navigation bridge for the set it goes on.

Any help would be awesome here. I've been trying to find info on this chair and have yet to find anything useful. No manuals or maintenance instructions. It may just be too old and obscure.

Thanks in advance! ^_^
 

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udog

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(I hope this is in the right forum, if its not: I'm sorry. Mods please correct me if I'm posting this in the wrong place. Thanks)

I'm working on a set piece for work that is based on a 1950's Takara Belmont Barber Chair. The problem is that it's leaking hydraulic fluid. It doesn't need to be functional, so I want to just drain it fully so I can get it cleaned up (preferably without making an even bigger mess in the prosses) and start turning it into a miniature navigation bridge for the set it goes on.

Any help would be awesome here. I've been trying to find info on this chair and have yet to find anything useful. No manuals or maintenance instructions. It may just be too old and obscure.

Thanks in advance! ^_^
Difficult without seeing it. There should be a drain plug somewhere. Where is the leak?
 

ProfCoppersmith

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Difficult without seeing it. There should be a drain plug somewhere. Where is the leak?
Leak seems to be towards the top of the pedestal/base of the seat. I can't see where it is directly. It leaks the most when I set it on it's side, from the assembly just beneath the seat platform. I did take a look under the pedestals skirt, as much as I could at least, and there's a large base cap, but no plug that I could see.

(I may end up just drilling a hole in the bottom end of the piston and letting it drain into a bucket. I have to have the whole set finished in about 3 weeks to stay on schedule. So I might have to do this quick and dirty. I'll update if I had to do so later tonight.)

Here's a picture of what it looked like before I stripped it down to the metal. (though it was in much worse condition from this image) again, it's a 1950's era Takara Belmont barbers chair.
 

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ProfCoppersmith

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Ok, ended up drilling a hole in the botom of the piston. I couldn't find any valves or drain plugs, just one big cap on the bottom that wouldn't budge.
So it is now sitting atop three buckets, draining into a third for the weekend.

Thanks for the help anyway!
 

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ProfCoppersmith

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Bit of an update.
After I drilled the hole in the bottom... I realized that the round plate in the middle of the seat base was the cap to the piston. I feel rather silly now...
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Otherwise, I have the whole thing stripped now, I get to start welding stuff to it now. ^_^
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