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Old October 26th, 2013, 01:14 AM   #5201
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Stayed up late on a work night to take some welding lessons from two very shit housed friends of mine.. Was really fun and learned a bunch. By the end of the night I was laying some pretty good lines and learned butt welds and lap welds. Should be a good start!
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Old October 26th, 2013, 08:43 AM   #5202
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Cut some tubing and tabs for the fresh Coyote front suspension. Ordered some new belts for the Unimat and need to order some Derlin to machine down into bushings.
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Old October 26th, 2013, 08:23 PM   #5203
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Machining some Aluminum rims for a KTM flat track bike.
Turning 1.6" wide, into 2.6" wide.

Without using a lathe.

Ready for welding the first side this week.
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Old October 27th, 2013, 03:38 AM   #5204
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While I repaired some on our daily driver the older son (11y) played around some... :)

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Old October 27th, 2013, 08:47 AM   #5205
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Looks like he's making a 356 4 cam fan shroud!
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Old October 28th, 2013, 02:18 AM   #5206
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Yesterday I finally got my Bridgeport milling machine moved into the shop, was more work than I thought it was gonna be, the shop is 85 feet behind the house & a slight up hill grade, my friend who I cleaned & painted the other two Bridgeports for didn't think his fork lift would make it up the slight grade (it's gravel) over the years I have been spreading Portland cement over the gavel, that way when it rains it gets washed down into the gravel & it has gotten very solid over the years, but he brought over another friends Cat skid steer with tracks, it's dang near 7 feet wide 6' 8" to be exact, his fork lift is 4 feet wide, so I had to clear out enough space in order to get it back there, I did about 3 hours of work in 90 minutes, I just finished when he got back from taking his Bridgeport's home

So after he got his machines back to his house & he came back to pick up the skid steer he brought me a bit of a surprise, a Clausing lathe, I have ben looking for a smaller lathe that has higher speeds, it will hold a 12" diameter part & has 36" between centers, plus it has much higher RPM's than my antique Leblond lathe, which tops out just under 400 RPM's, it sucks when turning aluminum, takes forever running at those speeds, but it can take 1/2" off the diameter of a piece of steel with ease

Here's a few pics of the Clausing, just needs a lot of cleaning & reassembled, plus it needs a new key put in one of the shafts inside the aprons feed box, other than that it's in purty good shape





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Old October 28th, 2013, 07:00 AM   #5207
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Spent a lot of time leveling some ground so I can put up a hay shed for the rescue horses. Beth has spent years wrestling a big heavy tarp on and off the hay stack when she feeds and she could use a break. I'm lookng at having a 12' x 24' metal shed up by mid November. That should hold over 200 bales, so it will cut the number of hay hauling trips I make every month about in half. Beth must felt like I needed a sugar boost, 'cause she made me cookies. These critters are about 5 to 6 inches across !
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Old October 29th, 2013, 08:18 PM   #5208
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Yesterday I pushed the Clausing lathe, well I pulled it with a winch until both my son's got home, then they pushed it the last 20 feet up the steepest part of the driveway & into my shop

Now comes cleaning the rust off all the precision ways, then reassembling it

I winched it this far which is about 65 feet, from where it sits in the picture, my son's pushed it the rest of the way






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Old October 29th, 2013, 08:59 PM   #5209
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Ron,
I just found out something else we have in common; both of our shops look like junkyard bombs went off!
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Old October 30th, 2013, 04:08 AM   #5210
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I just found out something else we have in common; both of our shops look like junkyard bombs went off!
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Yeah mine got out of hand from hanging out at a scrap yard 3 days a week for about 5 years, I still hang out there a few days every month or so, most times it to use his machinery (stuff I don't have in my shop, it's not a garage anymore even tho it has my 92 Cadillac Eldorado) he has just about anything a fabrication shop could want & more, my friend that owns it retired from buying non ferrous metals, he never bought iron, he just did the buying of aluminum,copper, brass & so on to keep busy when he wasn't doing a clean out of shops & buildings & rigging & hauling of machinery, that's about all he does now, other than rehabbing an old house he bought back in 2006, it sits on almost 20 acres, the house was built in the early 1800 for a steam boat captain that went up & down the Ohio River

It got way out of hand when he was bringing me my big Leblond lathe, I had to make room to get it in the shop so I just started tossing stuff on the opposite side to make room, I haven't straightened that mess up, I've just added to it, then I put the Caddy in after I welded the floor pan & heater channel in my V-Rod, the Caddy just need the engine put in & hook everything up, now I'm to busy having fun driving my V-Rod, the Caddy may never get put back together again

My biggest goal for this year was to get it cleaned out & organized, looks like I'm almost out of time, but the past few weeks & days while working & moving machines around, I have been getting rid of things I once had plans to do something with, but if I haven't touched it in 5 years, it's gone
Next will be to start finishing all my little projects I have started, most of it is machine shop fixtures & tooling


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Old November 9th, 2013, 04:51 AM   #5211
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Re-enlisted for another 6 years :D

this contract will put me at 15 total, just another 5 after that before i get a pension
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Old November 9th, 2013, 05:02 AM   #5212
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LIFER !! Good for you brother . Thank you again for your continued service. It's guys like you who make this country what it is.
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Old November 9th, 2013, 11:30 AM   #5213
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Thanks for your service Matt. Uncle Sam is getting a bargain.
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Old November 9th, 2013, 10:32 PM   #5214
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Pulled the needle bearings from my axle. Cleaned our shop AKA the 1.5 car garage where my 2 roommates and I are currently storing 3 motorcycles a truck and my vrod chassis. Its a tight fit...
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Old December 24th, 2013, 02:01 PM   #5215
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Yesterday, did this~
What it looked like after the deer tagged it friday night.
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Hubby beat on it with a rubber mallet in wet sand.
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Then I went at it with dollies and hammer. It's what I grew up doing as a kid so was fun to me.
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Not perfect, but not as bad as it was either.
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Some rustoleum to protect it til we either finish it or find another one.
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Hubby took the door panel off and he pushed it back out. Skin is stretched so will need to replace it later. But this is better than driving around with a crater like most do in this town.
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Old December 24th, 2013, 05:16 PM   #5216
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Hmmm. Could rustoleum be the new flat black?
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Old December 24th, 2013, 05:37 PM   #5217
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it's all we had in the garage. Too cold to do real paint even though we do still have some left over purple. But eh, I'll paint a bandaid on just for shits n giggles next warmish day
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Old December 25th, 2013, 03:06 AM   #5218
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I have been waiting for someone else to post this but it hasn't happened. "It must have been a doe. It doesn't look bucked to me!"
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Old December 25th, 2013, 03:30 AM   #5219
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lol! You're right it was.
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Old December 25th, 2013, 05:48 AM   #5220
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The crappy part about that kind of hit is the new crease you get just above the fender/body joint. I have one a little deeper than the one that deer gave you, but in all fairness my dent came from hitting a concrete wall. All of that before I got the car though.

A fairly nice fix for a quick one. Who needs matching paint anyway?
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I looked really good while it was off, no extra dent. Thankfully she didn't bust the headlight! But yeah, not caring about match right now. Due to bad clearcoat 9yrs ago, he's gotta get an all over redo. Plus some bubbles on the rear pillar (nasty foam) has shown up. Hubby keeps trying to talk me into going black, but nope, my color is deep purple, so it's only gonna go darker next year >;)
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Old December 25th, 2013, 12:46 PM   #5222
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Matching paint? What's that?
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Old December 27th, 2013, 12:54 AM   #5223
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Matching paint, pfft, I can't even pick out matching clothes to wear, most times after I get dressed, my wife says "REALLY? Here, put this shirt on instead"

Being color blind has it problems

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Matching paint, pfft, I can't even pick out matching clothes to wear, most times after I get dressed, my wife says "REALLY? Here, put this shirt on instead"

Being color blind has it problems

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Oh... Tell me!... We have a color blind Painter at work... Drives me nuts that they keep him painting. He can't tell the difference between green and grey if he has a thin spot after the green primer, on grey parts (Which is about 75% of what we repair). But I don't dislike the guy, I just wish he could see his shortcomings and move to a different department. I have to have stuff re-shot almost 100% of the time. He just can't see it.

WE had a color blind Biology Teacher in high school. He Drove a Lime Green Cadillac El Dorado with a white Landau top. Probably thought it was red when he bought it.
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My wife is the one who told me I was color blind back in 1984, she'd point out something & say "that's purple", my replay was always "no it's pink"
Same thing with certain light green & light blue colors
I can see the basic colors like red, blue, green, orange & yellow, it's the different shades, mostly green/blue, pink/purple, pink/red along with a few others, I have a tough time with that sort of things

When my oldest grand daughter got old enough & started learning her colors, I had to stop coloring with her so I wouldn't confuse her

About a year late I went to see my eye doctor, he did a color blind test & I only got 1 right out of about 10 different cards with a letter or a number mixed someplace in a bunch of different colored dots, so now I just ask what's what

I'd have felt terrible if my grand daughter came home from school & called me a liar because I told her it was green & it turned out to be turquoise, or that pink was purple

Damn, it kinda sucks, I was planning to get my pilots license on my 50th Birthday, oh well, guess I'll just stick to machining & fabrication

The one color I do know for sure is BLUE & RED, its the rest I have trouble with

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