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Forum: The Garage 12-22-2012, 11:01 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,906
Posted By Jonex
Personally, I'd rather have a redline activated...

Personally, I'd rather have a redline activated shift light, but...

If you really want a high gear indicator, maybe you could fabricate a small, external, ratcheting wheel that actuates a...
Forum: The Garage 12-22-2012, 10:23 AM
Replies: 2,033
Views: 258,556
Posted By Jonex
After spending two weeks hanging a 45,000 BTU...

After spending two weeks hanging a 45,000 BTU propane furnace, I converted my HF 7x10 mini lathe (which was actually a 7x8 - creative advertising) to a 7x14.
Also added a quick change tool post...
Forum: The Garage 12-22-2012, 10:05 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,820
Posted By Jonex
$2 at Menard's. Love mine. Re:...

$2 at Menard's.

Love mine.

Re: stainless steel tie wraps - not so hot for vehicles IMO because they have a ball and ramp locking method which works loose. McMaster Carr has more conventional...
Forum: The Garage 08-18-2012, 08:15 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,362
Posted By Jonex
1: Grab the base of the hex part with a small...

1: Grab the base of the hex part with a small vice grips and bang it on the floor 1000 times.

2: Give up and go buy a new one.
Forum: Some Assembly Required 07-04-2012, 08:12 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,032
Posted By Jonex
The clutch lever requires travel. I don't see a...

The clutch lever requires travel. I don't see a way to actuate the clutch with less lever travel without increasing the force required to unacceptable levels.

The front brake, however, especially...
Forum: The Garage 02-14-2012, 04:03 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,034
Posted By Jonex
But you probably have a Sharpy laying around, and...

But you probably have a Sharpy laying around, and if you don't they have them at Walmart.
Forum: The Garage 02-14-2012, 04:02 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,034
Posted By Jonex
Yes it does, it keeps you from burning your...

Yes it does, it keeps you from burning your hands. We're talking about aluminum here, not heat treatable steel.

Aluminum does not react to quenching the way steel does.
Forum: The Garage 02-13-2012, 07:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,464
Posted By Jonex
Whenever I change oil, I generally pour new oil...

Whenever I change oil, I generally pour new oil into the engine. I just pour the old oil into the oil bottles that the new oil came in.
Then when I go to the quicky lube place to get rid of my...
Forum: The Garage 02-13-2012, 07:25 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,034
Posted By Jonex
A Sharpy permanent marker makes a very good...

A Sharpy permanent marker makes a very good temperature indicator for aluminum. Scribble on the area to be heated, then heat with a plumbing torch until the Sharpy evaporates.

Either bend while...
Forum: Road warriors 01-22-2012, 08:09 PM
Replies: 228
Views: 45,114
Posted By Jonex
2nd generation Yamaha YZF600. Comfy, smooth,...

2nd generation Yamaha YZF600. Comfy, smooth, decent wind protection, great handling, great brakes, nice to look at.

The Seca II is a good value but really, really, really slow. A 600 four should...
Forum: The Garage 01-08-2012, 01:15 PM
Replies: 902
Views: 159,224
Posted By Jonex
I talked the manager of the Green Bay HF store...

I talked the manager of the Green Bay HF store down to $289 for a 7x10 mini lathe. That little lathe has done more cool stuff and gotten me out of more jams....and nothing's gone wrong with it...
Forum: The Garage 12-04-2011, 08:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,659
Posted By Jonex
I've become a fan of polyurethane paint after...

I've become a fan of polyurethane paint after getting great results with Steel It brand paint. I went on the search for polyurethane that I could get in colors, and I found VHT brand wheel paint. ...
Forum: The Garage 10-29-2011, 06:22 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 8,880
Posted By Jonex
Seems like everyone I know who drives a lot...

Seems like everyone I know who drives a lot swears by Buicks. Good mileage, comfy, and reliable. The GM 3.1 V6 has a great reputation, and Buick seems to be the division that has their crap...
Forum: The Garage 10-29-2011, 06:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,054
Posted By Jonex
For upholstery gurus

The glare shield on the airplane I'm building (Sonex) is deep and the windshield is steeply raked. Fellow builders say not to paint it (even flat black paint reflects in the windshield too much) but...
Forum: The Garage 10-29-2011, 05:55 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 11,271
Posted By Jonex
I think 4130 chromoly is getting a bad rap here. ...

I think 4130 chromoly is getting a bad rap here. Here's one for ya - American Champion Decathlon aerobatic aircraft are MIG welded from 4130 chromoly tubing. And they do not stick the fuselage in...
Forum: The Garage 10-29-2011, 11:23 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,178
Posted By Jonex
When it comes to bending tubing, keep in mind...

When it comes to bending tubing, keep in mind that you don't need a tubing bender.

Get a pulley with an appropriate diameter and mount it in a vise or bolt it down to the workbench.

Leave the...
Forum: The Garage 10-29-2011, 11:10 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,178
Posted By Jonex
As a hobbyist who isn't looking to weld for a...

As a hobbyist who isn't looking to weld for a career, you're looking at getting into MIG welding and that's great. The main conflict with learning on a MIG welder is that everything happens so fast....
Forum: The Garage 10-28-2011, 06:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,109
Posted By Jonex
Dremel with buzz saw attachment. Sanding block. ...

Dremel with buzz saw attachment. Sanding block. Polish with headlight lens resto kit.
Forum: The Garage 10-28-2011, 06:19 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,178
Posted By Jonex
Maybe consider forgetting the welding and make a...

Maybe consider forgetting the welding and make a rack out of aluminum. I made one for my DL650 that mounted onto the stock one with four bolts. I used .125" 6061T6 sheet to make a big ol' square. ...
Forum: The Garage 10-08-2011, 07:42 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,120
Posted By Jonex
If you do brazing, then you must be set up with a...

If you do brazing, then you must be set up with a torch. Why not use your torch to weld your frame? Modern strength with old school art method. Gas welding can be downright enjoyable compared to...
Forum: The Garage 10-02-2011, 07:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,683
Posted By Jonex
Are you sure that the offending piece is...

Are you sure that the offending piece is preventing clutch removal?

Primary clutch removal can be a pain. It's been a long time since I've done it, but I remember having to tighten the puller...
Forum: The Garage 04-23-2011, 01:15 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,371
Posted By Jonex
What do I know. I'm just a dumb American who...

What do I know. I'm just a dumb American who likes inches and metric.:D

Sometimes I wonder how I find my way to work every day. I've worn out feeler gauges I've done so many valve adjustments,...
Forum: The Garage 04-23-2011, 09:56 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,371
Posted By Jonex
I like doing valve adjusts in inches. Hundredths...

I like doing valve adjusts in inches. Hundredths of a mm feels like a big slobby blurry oafy mess compared to itty bitty laser beam thousandths of an inch.
Forum: The Garage 04-23-2011, 09:40 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,934
Posted By Jonex
I bead blasted springs and painted them with high...

I bead blasted springs and painted them with high temp Duplicolor, then baked them at ~400 F for an hour or so. They held up great.
Forum: The Garage 04-23-2011, 09:36 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,771
Posted By Jonex
Orville and Wilbur just put breaker points in the...

Orville and Wilbur just put breaker points in the combustion chamber and let 'em arc to fire things off. 4:1 compression leaves lots of room in there for stuff.
Forum: The Garage 03-25-2011, 05:23 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,851
Posted By Jonex
I've had some cars respond well to a K&N...

I've had some cars respond well to a K&N filter/cold air set up and others that didn't. One day I held one up to the light and saw how porous they are.

Never again will I put a K&N filter on...
Forum: The Garage 03-25-2011, 05:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,925
Posted By Jonex
I have a drill doctor, but I can't get the thing...

I have a drill doctor, but I can't get the thing to work for bits smaller than about 3/16".
I understand the type of cut I need, I just can't get the flippin thing to do it.
It's as if its design...
Forum: The Garage 03-25-2011, 05:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,925
Posted By Jonex
http://www.yardstore.com/browse.cfm/2,415.html...

http://www.yardstore.com/browse.cfm/2,415.html (http://www.yardstore.com/browse.cfm/2,415.html)

Cobalt jobber bits. I likes 'em.

My airplane project required drilling 8000 #40 pilot holes,...
Forum: The Garage 03-12-2011, 04:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,346
Posted By Jonex
I've been using a paint called Steel It and...

I've been using a paint called Steel It and singing its praises here for a long time. It's a polyurethane paint, so it's kinda like Gorilla Glue. I think it's significantly tougher than regular...
Forum: The Garage 02-27-2011, 04:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,956
Posted By Jonex
You've got three parts: Bottom triple clamp,...

You've got three parts: Bottom triple clamp, steering stem, and bearing.

What we can't see from the pictures is whether the bottom clamp is welded to the stem or not.

If the bottom clamp...
Forum: The Garage 02-05-2011, 07:03 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,417
Posted By Jonex
Unsolicited opinionated rant - Clear fuel...

Unsolicited opinionated rant -

Clear fuel line is for aquariums. Gasoline is full of nasty stuff so you need a tough fuel line material that won't break down. Maybe I'm nuts about it from being...
Forum: The Garage 02-02-2011, 04:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,058
Posted By Jonex
My Harbor Freight sander is still kicking after...

My Harbor Freight sander is still kicking after 8+ years of abuse, but when I kill it I'll get a disc sander (no belt) and it'll be a Grizzly.
Forum: The Garage 02-02-2011, 04:45 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,509
Posted By Jonex
Thanks for the feedback everybody. There's a...

Thanks for the feedback everybody. There's a shiny new Battery Tender Plus under my Sonex right now.

In my original post, I used the lowercase, generic term 'battery tender' when I described my...
Forum: The Garage 01-31-2011, 05:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 893
Posted By Jonex
And an ADVrider member made a couple of the...

And an ADVrider member made a couple of the videos :evil
Forum: The Garage 01-29-2011, 03:59 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,509
Posted By Jonex
What do you like for a battery tender?

I've had some bad luck over the years with retrieving stone dead batteries from battery tenders. The latest was on my dad's generator. Now I have a big expensive Werker battery in my Sonex project...
Forum: The Garage 01-29-2011, 03:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,671
Posted By Jonex
Octane rating is just a rating of a fuel's...

Octane rating is just a rating of a fuel's resistance to knock. It has nothing at all to do with the chemical "octane".

"Octane rating" is a misnomer that barely qualifies as jargon. A better...
Forum: The Garage 01-21-2011, 04:45 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,483
Posted By Jonex
You can go crazy searching for the ultimate...

You can go crazy searching for the ultimate blasting media and end up with an evenly prepared finish, but I think in the end that raw aluminum isn't going to be a nice finish for something that...
Forum: The Garage 01-12-2011, 04:50 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,761
Posted By Jonex
http://www.aircraftspruce.com/menus/me/aluminum.ht...

http://www.aircraftspruce.com/menus/me/aluminum.html

The aluminum at Home Depot, Ace Hardware, etc. is FECES. Please do not ever use it for anything. The steel they sell is low grade crap, too. ...
Forum: The Garage 01-04-2011, 04:49 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,596
Posted By Jonex
My HF air powered pop rivet gun has pulled over...

My HF air powered pop rivet gun has pulled over 8000 stainless steel rivets and it's still going strong. My HF drill press has been working fine for 8 years and zillions of holes.
HF does make...
Forum: The Garage 12-31-2010, 02:48 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,397
Posted By Jonex
If I were going to do a rattle can job on...

If I were going to do a rattle can job on aluminum wheels, I'd use various drill driven wire wheels, flapper wheels, scotch brite wheels, etc. for prep (since I have no blast cabinet).
For paint,...
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