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Michael Petrella

Ontario, CAN

I promised many some time ago I would post pictures when it was all done. Completely restored my SGHP.

Powder Coated. New pads and chains. Everything changed over to torrington needle bearings. Even found some original Hunte Wild grips in black to replace the original blue ones.

The machine functions awesome.

Michael
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BennyAnthonyOfKC

Missouri, USA

Great job, Michael!

What a monster of a machine with nice wide space between the joined co-arms of the movement-arm!

I cannot recall why it was named, SUPER GEARED, does anyone else??

P.S., too bad that machines for leg-extension are not braced from both sides, especially with that width! The closest in production is by Hammer, except they place two puny pads for each shin to brace against, when it should be one long pad, like that SUPER GEARED...!
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BennyAnthonyOfKC

Missouri, USA

To "sort of" answer my own question, Michael put that very question to Dr.Darden back in 2006, which Dr.Darden answered as follows.....

Michael,

That Super Geared Hip & Back machine was made primarily for professional football players who weighed more than 250 pounds. It had heavy-duty chains and a 600-pound weight stack.

I don't recall Nautilus ever having a biceps machine called Mangler.

Ellington
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marcrph

Portugal

Michael,

The cat's meow!

You have really outdone yourself this time.

Please!

More detailed pictures.

Marc
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BennyAnthonyOfKC

Missouri, USA

Michael,

Whatever became of this machine that you posted several years ago??
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g0ld3nuncw

North Carolina, USA

Awesome job Michael. The red / black color combo is tops.
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JONKILCOYNE

Florida, USA

Michael,

Awesome training center. You should be proud. Id give anything to train in a place like that again. I live in Deland fl where it all began and there isnt even places like that left. Keep going my friend. -Kilcoyne
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Spidercam

A magnificent beast
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Michael Petrella

Ontario, CAN

BennyAnthonyOfKC wrote:
Michael,

Whatever became of this machine that you posted several years ago??


I sold it a few years back to a fellow Canadian collector. I always regretted selling it until many years later when I re-acquired the current piece I know have.

Michael
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BennyAnthonyOfKC

Missouri, USA

THAT OLDER HIP & BACK BY NAUTILUS REMINDS ME OF "THE TIME MACHINE" IN ABSTRACT, WHICH I WONDER IF THIS WAS AT ALL LOST ON ARTHUR JONES, GIVEN THAT HE NAMED SOME OF THE VERY EARLIEST EQUIPMENT AS "TIME MACHINES"! :)
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BennyAnthonyOfKC

Missouri, USA

Here's the "Geared Hip and Back Machine", a name to reflect what Kim Wood told to me in the below response, from what the IFR.net website described as Nautilus's Time Machine line, that the website alluded to this model having bigger cams, bigger weight-stacks and, from the photo itself, shoulder-restraints! (If one can imagine, Kim Wood wrote that there was a heavier-duty model than this one!)
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Kim Wood

for your information: black and white
photo above is a "Geared Hip and Back Machine"... The original "Super Geared
Hip and Back Machine" did have "spider" cams but was a much heavier
machine(no chrome on work-arms)...like very heavy(probably the heaviest machine
Arthur ever produced). There were
only a few of the original machines
ever produced...the first one went to the
Cincinnati Bengals and a few years later
was sold to Roger Schwab for his Mainline Nautilus(probably the finest
Nautilus facility ever...). The "restored"
version pictured in this thread was
a much later model...aluminum cams...
probably designed by Arthur's nephew, Scott LeGear...a good machine but not as good as the original.
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BennyAnthonyOfKC

Missouri, USA

Kim Wood wrote:
for your information: black and white
photo above is a "Geared Hip and Back Machine"...


KIM, MANY THANKS FOR THE INFORMATION, WHICH I UPDATED MY ABOVE POSTING TO REFLECT IT!! ALMOST NEEDLESS TO SAY, BUT I WOULD'VE ABSOLUTELY LOVED, LOVED TO HAVE SEEN THAT HEAVIER MODEL YOU'VE MENTIONED!!!!!!!!!! WOW!
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Kim Wood

(wrote a post here last night but it never showed up on this thread...)

The Super Geared Hip and Back went
from the drawing board to reality
in about a week(a frenzied week)(Arthur worked best in a frenzy)...then it was loaded on the truck to Cincinnati(no time for photos)...
But it wasn't the first "hip and back machine" ... the first one was pictured in Iron Man as a "women's machine" called
a "glute curl"...the big thing about
the S-G H&B was the "get-in/get-out"
device(the "glute curl" was a "you need help to get in it...mouse trap style" machine)
... the original "get in get out devices"
worked fine but the same can't be said
for the rig in "restored" machine pictured...
(notice "slider" chromed gear tracks)
it actually had a system that depended on springs!
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AShortt

Ontario, CAN

Michael Petrella wrote:
I promised many some time ago I would post pictures when it was all done. Completely restored my SGHP.

Powder Coated. New pads and chains. Everything changed over to torrington needle bearings. Even found some original Hunte Wild grips in black to replace the original blue ones.

The machine functions awesome.

Michael


Gotta luv red on black! Nice job. Great to see these cared for.

Regards,
Andrew
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robinn3403

Michael Petrella wrote:
I promised many some time ago I would post pictures when it was all done. Completely restored my SGHP.

Powder Coated. New pads and chains. Everything changed over to torrington needle bearings. Even found some original Hunte Wild grips in black to replace the original blue ones.

The machine functions awesome.

Michael


Michael where do you get machines refurbished like that?
Thanks Rob
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Michael Petrella

Ontario, CAN

robinn3403 wrote:
Michael Petrella wrote:
I promised many some time ago I would post pictures when it was all done. Completely restored my SGHP.

Powder Coated. New pads and chains. Everything changed over to torrington needle bearings. Even found some original Hunte Wild grips in black to replace the original blue ones.

The machine functions awesome.

Michael

Michael where do you get machines refurbished like that?
Thanks Rob


The SGHB and infimitric bench came out of a gym on the west coast. The Compound Tricep I bought from a member on this board.

In regards to the SGHB I restored. I talked to Jim Flanagan about it last time I visited him. He felt the movement arm was the same on mine compared to the spider cam version. The major difference being mine has shields over the gears which I removed. Something to do with new laws coming into the state of Florida. Also mine has a greatly improved track mechanism. One swipe of the handle moves the track 4 notches as opposed to 1-2 at a time on earlier versions. Also mine has 2 safety catches underneath. I was told by Jim Bryan the earlier one's just had one and had a tendency to let go from time to time.
The mechanism is interesting because it appears to be hand made as opposed to something they would have made hundreds of off a computer machine.
Boyer let me know it may be 1 of 6. Never heard of anything being that low in production but he was there so I have to take his word for it.

Michael

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