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GoceKU

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I have the day off work so first thing in the morning i headed in the big garage to finish the rear bumper and hitch receiver. I had a lot of the pieces finished but today i put them together, i used a jack to hold the receiver in place and levels, tape measures to get it square and level, then i removed it from the car and finished welding it, i also cut and welded two small towing points, i have a lot to do today so the grinding and drilling will have to wait.
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Today i had to do some emergency car repairs. My brothers car started smoking from the hood really bad, he is not bothered with this but his wife and children started to get scared, so i put it in the big garage to fix it, it has two major leaks, valve cover gasket that is less than 1 year old and the hi pressure power steering hose is spraying like crazy. We order the hose and i started on the valve cover, the sparkplug holes wore full of oil to the top, so i vacuumed all the oil out and removed the LPG injectors and other things around but one spark plug was stripped at the socket hex, fighting with it took me more than an hour and ended founding a pipe that was close fit and hammering it over the spark plug that managed to grab just enough to remove it, then i power washed the valve cover dried it and applied some high grade RTV and installed a new gasket, when in there the mounts for the exhaust heat shield have snapped so i welded them. I put everything together and got the news that the hose will be here tomorrow so i moved to my little kei car its been sitting for 3-4 years i bought and repair it like the little niva that long ago to drive it around town to keep the mileage down on my peugeot and when winter came i parked it and is been sitting, so the brakes are sized solid and needs some hoses replaced. I started with the front brakes, had to take one of the callipers completely apart and had to remove a broken bolt, the piston was rusted in place , so had to polish it on my lathe also hone the bore installed new seals and put it together, the other side just the slides are stuck and had to bleed both sides. Funny how the day after your day off work you have to do 3X more work and this waits you home.
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Okay @rwm, that's just too darn classy for this site. Is that stainless hardware I see?
 

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It is. I use it when something will be outside and I don't plan on removing the screw often since SS galls so much.
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Slow night in the plant . I found a 90 degree Parker gearbox laying here with the output shaft demolished and decided to save the company $1450 . Tore it apart , separated the planetary gears and have where the shaft was a nice concentric bore to press and key a new shaft into .

Exciting 'eh ? :big grin:
 

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Yesterday I took advantage of my day off and spent it in the garage and basement cleaning up , organizing , tossing out stuff . What a job I have on my hands . After I get the dogs checked out at the vet today for limes disease , it's back to the garage . I gained some much needed space though . I believe I have gotten rid of one of the extra mowers on hand , an Exmark Lazer 60" zero turn , so only a Cub 126 is left to go . I'm trying to get back out of this tractor hobby but they keep showing up , but I AM trying . ( the trash pickup guy is not gonna be happy this morning ):grin:
I learned of these lawn tractors on YouTube and saw one at Tuckahoe earlier this month. Have you seen these?
 

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I didn't see why I couldn't do this with a boring head.
The aluminum handle for the vertical travel on my Millrite snapped in two. I bought on Ebay this simple steel crank handle with a 5/8" square broaching, but I just didn't like the feel of the hand end. Why not turn the hand end to a true spindle and mount a spinning hand piece on it?

Too big to swing on my lathe, so I mounted it in the mill and set up the head to turn an o.d., something I've never done before. I got mixed up a bit grinding the tool backwards, but it worked fine. Turned the handle to 0.748" so this 0.750" bushing was a slip fit.

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I had a scrap of this fiber filled melamine composite. Bored and reamed it to 0.750" and turned it on a mandrel. I still need to turn a nice hand fitting bulge in it. Then I'll have the blacksmith in the family pound a bend into the crank so it will clear the adjacent hand wheel.

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My wife bought a nice patio set from an estate sail. The floor protectors were worn out and some missing. I had bought a box of delrin drops a while back just to have. I put a chunk in the lathe an got a practice piece and two usable floor protectors. 18 more to go.
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My wife bought a nice patio set from an estate sail. The floor protectors were worn out and some missing. I had bought a box of delrin drops a while back just to have. I put a chunk in the lathe an got a practice piece and two usable floor protectors. 18 more to go.
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Great deal. That will keep the madam happy


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Yesterday was a complete car mayhem in my garages, all the cars got some work, i bought and installed a new battery in the little kei car also clean the cobwebs from the interior. My brothers Ford got an oil change, gearbox oil change power steering hose and all new filters. Then my car got some attention, few new light bulbs and a check up and last but surely not list my father's 405 got an engine wash and few odds and ends. Today i started with cleaning the garages from yesterday's mayhem then i did little sending an applying some body filler on the drivers door. Just as the temperatures reach nearly 40 degrees i went to my machine shop, it is cooler in the morning and began machining on the wheel spacers for the little Niva. Cutting the weld eat thru the carbide inserts, you can see when it leaves that right finish the insert is done. I did the middle little differently, you'll see why latter i'll have to do it to all the others. Last few days are pretty productive but pretty hard on me, the temperature sure is not helping.
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My wife bought a nice patio set from an estate sail. The floor protectors were worn out and some missing. I had bought a box of delrin drops a while back just to have. I put a chunk in the lathe an got a practice piece and two usable floor protectors. 18 more to go.
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Damn! I have that same set and half the black plastic feet are missing. Guess I have a new project!
 

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Today i started my day in my machine shop, i change the chuck jaws and grabbed the spacer from the hub part, slow down my lathe and faced the middle, and center drill the back side and used a live centre to support the spacer. Speed up the lathe and cut the out side then i decided to face the back side, then i drill the back side, i used couple of sizes drill bits. Then i used a boring bar to bring the back to the hub size. This spacer is done on the lathe, next a bit of drilling and will be done.
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Yesterday, I finally had a chance to "finish" my fly tying vise. This project was more of a test for things I've learned, because I wanted to prove that I'd learned some basic principles (plus, I wanted a vise, and went the cheap route of building a vise for $200 in materials instead of buying a vise for $30). Everything (except the ball and the spring) is either stainless steel or brass. Here's what I planned on doing with this project :
  • Turning (including interrupted cuts)
  • Facing
  • Knurling
  • Threading (I chose a 3/4-20, which isn't a common thread)
  • Boring (because I'm a boring kind of a guy)
  • Internal Threading
  • Off-center boring (for the cam to allow the vise to have a lockable rotation)
  • Indexing (I used my mini-mill for this, but the right metrics and it can be done all on a lathe)
  • Ball turning (because I had just made a ball turner)
Everything was done on the lathe except for the rotation indexing, the spring pocket, the screws to tighten the off-center cam, and milling the base plate's 45-degree chamfer (those all used the Harbor Freight mini mill). I did more of a write-up on my blog, but the basic gist of this follows. I believe this kind of project could be done entirely on a lathe from start to finish save the drilling and tapping of the small holes.

The jaws were made from 1/4x1/2" stainless flat bar (so that I had a matched pair).





My trial of the holding power of the jaws involved a utility knife :



Off-center boring (Was a very nice trick to use the dead center to get the mark lined up exactly where I wanted the offset hole) :





After the pockets and screws were done on the cam :



Ready for the stand-off ball joint :





Everything but the base assembled :



And all together now :



I was trying to put a dissected brass fish on the base, but I actually liked the looks of the base in it's raw form (it's heavy enough that I didn't need the extra weight for stability). Finally get to cross that one off of the list.
 

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I made a new drawbar for the mill. The drawbar that came with it is fine for the collets but I have a face mill and it has threads starting 1/4" deeper than the collets and it doesn't draw up like a collet so I needed some more length. First time making a standard thread single point. It wasn't pretty but it fits. And just to make it interesting I threaded the other end 1/2-13 and used a coupler as the nut on the end. It fits and allows a little adjustment so I can use it for collets as well.
 

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Today i'm back to machining those wheel spacers for the Little Niva. I switched back to the outside jaws on my lathe and started machining, taking bigger cuts the lathe likes it more, less vibrations from the interrupted cut but the inserts seem to go dull up quicker i finished the remainder two spacers from the front gave them that indeson in the middle i also got the finished one and did the same to it, after few hours of the lathe huling like a jet engine i call it a day. I'll have to switch the jaws once more and finish them from the back also i'll have to turn the outside OD on the finish spacer down to mach the others.
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Today i got the day off work, so early morning i started machining the backside of two remaining wheel spacers, my neighbors sure like being woken up from straight cut gears on my lathe. I haven't shown how i indicate the spacers then i machine the back side, centre drill then drilling it bigger and bigger then boring it to size. Last thing i did is to cut down the finished spacer OD to match the others. The saw cuts wore even worse then the front so i left few spots because i needed to keep them to thickness.
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Today was a long day doing bodywork on the little niva. Started with sanding the the entire back panel applying body filler and sanding it back i had to repeat this couple of times but managed to get it ready for primer, then i apply 3 coats of high build primer and sprayed some guide coat then i started on the passenger side, i sent 12 stick on sand papers for my power sander just in sanding off the the undercoating from the bottom of the door and rocker panels i did apply and send back more body filler on couple of places just because i found some more damage: dents, scrapes good thing the niva has so thick steel it send like wood no flex or fear of indenting the panels.
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I am thinking about making something to measure between holes. I know they make attachments for calipers, but I am thinking more along this line:

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Obviously there would be knurled screws to lock the centers to the rod. To use it, you would measure the outside distance between the centers and then subtract the diameter of one center. You could also place one center in a punch mark and use the other to scribe a location without actually measuring. I may solder a carbide tip into one. I am thinking 1/4" rod and 3/4" centers. Any thoughts on this?
Robert


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I am thinking about making something to measure between holes. I know they make attachments for calipers, but I am thinking more along this line:

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Obviously there would be knurled screws to lock the centers to the rod. To use it, you would measure the outside distance between the centers and then subtract the diameter of one center. You could also place one center in a punch mark and use the other to scribe a location without actually measuring. I may solder a carbide tip into one. I am thinking 1/4" rod and 3/4" centers. Any thoughts on this?
Robert
Should work great. Reminds me of trammel points I have someplace. Mine have a flat on the rod so the points can stay flat to each other.

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The trammel points I have seen have had long thin centers that would not work in larger holes. I have needed a tool like this several times in the last year!
Robert
 

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Had a little free time today, so did some rehab on one of the contacts on the magnetic starter I've been working on. Someone had put a 10-24 screw in the 10-32 threaded contact, and did a pretty good job of stripping it out. Got out my O/A torch with the smallest tip and brazed the hole shut, drilled it out, and tapped it to it's original 10-32 size. Used a drill to run the tap, which worked pretty well keeping it straight and true. Been awhile since I've brazed anything that small, but it came out ok. Mike

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Last few days i've been hard at work doing bodywork on the Little Niva, i've been using every minute i could. I've put in many many hours in just "mud work" body filler, and finally come to the stage where i call it done. I drove it outside and sprayed on couple of coats of high build primer. Also painted the front and rear hitch receivers, i'll have to leave it to dry and shrink its going to be a hot weekend i'll leave it in the sun to bake.
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Worked on a parting tool project for video. Trying out a new idea I seen on YouTube with a twist. However I couldn’t get the HSS blade to work, despite several different grinds on the blade or speed settings on the lathe. I have never had a problem with the GTN 3 inserts and holders. So I redid the holder to accept the inserts blade holder, put an adjuster on it and it worked like it should. Here is the finished holder



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So what color are we thinking? Almost time to go 4-wheeling. Cheers, Mike
 

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Today i drove the Little Niva in the sun to bake the entire day. The smell from the primer drying was very noticeable but later in the day it went away, driving it i notice it is cribbing the rear end is out of alignment, the passenger tire is 1 inch back the the other side, also now i noticed couple of the suspension links, are really bent, i bought new bushings for them but seeing this i may buy new links or make stronger bottom ones.
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