Looking for assistance here. I just got a 1959 Motorola SK32W with the original turntable. I don't even want to test it until I've checked it out. I'm good at restoring the radio/amplifier part, but know nothing about the TT. http://www.voiceofmusic.com
How do I clean the old grease off? Tuner cleaner? Mineral Spirits? No/maybe, not the best.
Can I blow it off with compressed air? Might get a dust bunny out but your primary problem is dried cruddy lubricant which has become cement.
I already bought some Super Lube grease and oiler off amazon per the comments I've read here. You need a solvent. Alcohol, either ISO-propyl 93% or denatured. Lacquer thinner is better but keep it away from rubber and plastic. Naphtha (Ronson's lighter fluid) is great for rubber and turntables rims where rubber deposits. Motors need to be opened up and have the bushings and felt oiling pads cleaned with lacquer thinner and resoaked with turbine oil
The grease (grease is different than oil) can be phonolube or the stuff RT likes. I am going to pick up some of that wheel bearing grease. RT knows his stuff. So does Doug, Larry, bastardbus, a bunch of juke box guys and Steve l, David Berman, Bill Cahill and people I am forgetting There is no one right answer.
What do I do with the needle/cartridge? Just buy new ones on ebay?
. Get Gary Stork's phone number and talk to him. Very good guy.
You didn't mention motor grommets or idler wheels. Ask Gary about them also.
Lot's of threads here. Read and read some more. Best of luck. Jeesh, I forget phonojack, and probably a lot of other people. Anyway, lots of good people here, and some of them are nice.