I was inspired to do a photo log of a recent job I did and was going to post it on the "wookie (rookie) wannabe" thread, but after looking at how many pictures and detail was in the project I did not want to hog up pages in that thread. I always find it interesting to read about what others here make at home and at their jobs and thought I would post this. This job came to me early in the snow season from a guy who said- if you can fix it for under $4k, fix it- I am heading south. The 4k bench was set by the local dealer who said the replacement piece would cost him that ? Guess there was a lot of labor. So here it starts - Load on to welding table so I can work at a height my old body can handle. here you can see the ear for the lower control arm is snapped off A little sample of Gods country right outside the door- but there was work to do Measure original bushing so I can make a dummy shaft to align the bores. do a little of this on this And get this half thou under so I can get it back out with out later without too much effort- The reflection makes it hard to read- I did use a mic not just this caliper. Looks like a winner - this will be split and sleeved later so I can collapse it to get it out after welding Here I went to cutting this and squaring it up so it will be easier to make the piece to weld in, I did a lot of it with a hand file. The cast aluminum is soft and easy to file and keeps me from getting to aggressive and removing too much, for the machining end of this project the time taken here is well spent-little time now saves a lot later (I hope) So there is my start. couple hours into it already at this point.