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Old 06-12-2011, 07:55 PM   #1066
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Awsome having a garden you don't have to bend over to work on.

Firts time I busted out the welder in about 4 years.
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Old 06-12-2011, 08:26 PM   #1067
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A few years back I purchased a TCML lift from Complete Hydraulics. I've been using it regularly without any problems until recently when the wheel vise stripped out. I would go to tighten the vise and just as it would start to tighten up it would pop and go loose again. Ended up that the vise uses a plastic threaded block inside that will eventually strip, if you have one of these vises go easy on it! I didn't want to buy another unit and just have the same crappy plastic piece that would fail again so a little home brew repair was in order.


Here's a old picture of the lift when I first purchased it.



First the vise isn't made to come apart so you need to grind the weld off where the crank fits onto the shaft going into the vise.




After sliding the vise apart this is what I found. The metal threaded shaft was in great cond, but the plastic threaded block that takes the load from the vise was stripped out....plastic!






As mentioned above the metal threads were fine but finding a new nut to fit the threads would be hard. Better to start new with a matched set. A large C-Clamp would provide the needed shaft and nut. Here's a pic just after cutting the needed pieces off the clamp.




Just finished welding in the "nut" part of the shaft using rosette welds all the way around. It now has more threaded surface area than it did originally and it's all metal!




I welded on a washer to be used as the inside thrust bearing. I will also place a nylon washer on both sides as a bearings surface.






Next I had to drill out the hole where the shaft passes through the jack assy since the new shaft has a bigger diameter.




Almost back together again.




Back on the lift and working better than new, just need to paint it to finish it up. I won't have to worry about cranking down on the vise now.



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Old 06-13-2011, 02:31 AM   #1068
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Innovative repair.
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Old 06-13-2011, 04:51 AM   #1069
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Very nice job on that repair!

I didn't care for the vice on my lift right from the start. I wanted/needed something more. I'm a little guy and my Goldwing was 950 pounds. I never even mounted the factory wheel vice. Instead, I drilled a few holes, welded some nuts on the bottom side of the platform and mounted my Baxley Sport Chock to the platform. It takes maybe two minutes to pull it off and bolt it into the trailer if needed. I just ride whatever bike onto the lift and into the chock. The chock holds the bike upright while I get off and even has a safety lock to ensure the bike can't roll back out on it's own. This is the only pic I have right now. It's looking over the Goldwing at my Warrior on the lift.
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Old 06-14-2011, 12:04 PM   #1070
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Got tired of the wind blowing my camp down in my winter trips to Big Bend. Figured I'd make a bed to put on my 16' lowboy so I went to the steel supply and picked up a few things.



Pulled out the plasma torch and welder and started making shit





Fit check.



A little bending on my homemade bender.




More welding.





A little wiring.




I'm a little further along with the project but had to take a break to built some cabinets for Desert Wife. I'll update later.

Plans are to let this take up the front of the lowboy and put my desert toys on the back for my annual trip to get dirty. Kinda like a poor man's toyhauler.
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Old 06-14-2011, 12:38 PM   #1071
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Looks good so far, I like your roller.
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Old 06-14-2011, 12:43 PM   #1072
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Thanks! I built the roller to do wagon wheel tyres.



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Old 06-14-2011, 06:43 PM   #1073
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Nice, I'll build me one of those someday.
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Old 06-15-2011, 09:55 AM   #1074
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Sweet.

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Old 06-15-2011, 10:01 AM   #1075
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I'd like some more info on the roller, that looks like something I could build and use in my metals class!
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Old 06-15-2011, 11:18 AM   #1076
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Thanks! Don't have any plans for it, used the TLAR method to build it. Here is a couple shots of the bits and after assembly.

I used it to bend 1/2" EMT for the wheel that goes around the spokes. One important detail is the drive roller (top roller) needs to be knurled. One thing I would change and still might is cut the tops out of the bottom roller holes so I don't have to disassemble it to change roller position.
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Old 06-15-2011, 11:29 AM   #1077
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Curious, does it work on tubing as well? Did you build the circle for your handle with the roller?
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Old 06-15-2011, 11:41 AM   #1078
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I did build the handle with it. When rolling tubing, it flattens the inside of the tubing. To keep tubing round, it would require a radius machined in each roller to match the tubing you are bending.

Here's a smaller ring I rolled out of 1/2" EMT. You can see it pretty much inverted the inner wall.

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Old 06-15-2011, 12:05 PM   #1079
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something I've been working on off and on over the past 40 years. Actually got the model kit when I was 16 but it seems way to complex at the time to start and we were still living overseas. it is an all wood 40 long by 10.5 inch beam, Sterling Model of the classic Christ Craft 63 foot Motor Yacht. Sterling made some really fantastic kits in their day, highly prized now among collectors it seems.

The kit is built with the same design as the original, same number of bulkheads with individual wood "planks' making up the front bow area, each having to be sanded and shaped to fit the curvature of the bow and adjoining plank. Decking is Mahogany just like the original and I fitted it for radio control. Kit was make in the mid 60's and plans actually show a tube type receiver and big 12 volt wet cell battery (I didn't follow that part of the plan though! and used a modern receiver and controls). I have all the running gear and railing but just haven't gotten around to adding those yet, hell at 30 plus years and counting putting it together to this state (finished about 12 years ago), whats another 15 years?? Perhaps when I retire....

When I take it out the ponds to sail kids go nuts over it and Dad's want to know where they can buy one. then I show them how its a kit and the work involved.... next thing I know they are off looking for ice cream for the kids! Ha Ha!





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Old 06-17-2011, 08:30 AM   #1080
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That is pretty sweet !!
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