Rookie wanna-be weldor starting to make some cool things!

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by kirkster70, Oct 3, 2010.

  1. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    Rube Goldberg would be proud of what I'm about to post next...:lol3

    5/8" DOM bent and tacked in place. I don't know if this will work just yet, so I don't commit to a full weld.

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    Tabs made of 1 1/2" x 3/16" flat bar. 2" sheaves from the gantry self-lifting idea that didn't quite pan out.

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    :clap:lol3:freaky It's ALIVE! It looks completely ridiculous. Perfect!

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    1/4" wire rope and all associated goodies from the no-go gantry project. A tractor suitcase weight provides extra muscle. I think it's 40lbs.

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    ...sort of resembles a Bug-Eyed Sprite...

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    I can't help but laugh when I look at it. Perfect!


    Now I can final weld the DOM now that I see it will work. Personal sanity day is almost over. Back to customer builds tomorrow, which is also a good thing! :clap


    ...and nary a dead horse was saddled. :D
  2. C-Stain

    C-Stain Long timer

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    I soooo hope you are planning a cool custom
    paint job for this one...
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    I don't think I will get too crazy on the paint. I'm thinking basic BBQ flat black and maybe use some One-Shot and pinstripe around the gauges and the doors with red and white like a traditional 50's era hot rod. I'm not even sure how the One-Shot will hold up to the heat.

    Smoking at 225 shouldn't do any harm, but grilling with charcoal above 400 may ruin a fancy paintjob.
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  5. kirkster70

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    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    I was able to score about a sheet and a half of 1/4" plate last week from the local salvage yard for 1/5 the price of new. That will work! It sure doesn't look like it, but that's almost 600lbs right there. Come in, gantry.

    I'm hoping to start stick building the firebox this week! :evil :clap

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  7. 9Dave

    9Dave Bazinga!

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    They do come in handy, don't they. Thanks for getting me thinking about mine. Saves my back regularly

    How to get a 150 or so pound mower deck off the back of the Explorer
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    How to roll out the old, and in with the new

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    What did we do without them?

    Still looking to score an electric hoist. I'll start looking again here soon.
  8. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    Yeah, they're handy all right. Hey - look on search tempest dot com. I think I saw a 1 TON Coffing electric chain hoist in OH last week for $200. I think it was OH, anyway.
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    I get my morning work done and it was such a pretty day that I just had to do a little outside bbq work. :evil


    I make some standoffs out of the same scrap 3/16" material the frame is made of. The firebox will rest on this.

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    1/4" plate is cut for the bottom of the firebox.

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    High-tech cut shop. Just like when I did my bumper. Sawhorses, clamps, one grinder for cutting, one for - well - grinding. What else?

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    The only real drawback to repurposing materials is the extra work in a few extra weld seams here and there. Beggars can't be choosers. I don't mind the little extra work.

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    That's good for now. Back to customer builds tomorrow. I may be able to work a bit more on this by the end of the week.

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    Tractor suitcase weights are temporary. I have something else planned that's less valuable and will work just as well. These are vintage Honda weights that are pretty rare, so they aren't staying on the smoker.
  10. 9Dave

    9Dave Bazinga!

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    Thanks. I did look. There was one in Wooster for $1,200, but that was it.
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    Yeah, I saw that one, too.

    There's a nice 2T Yale in NY for $300...


    You just have to keep beating the bushes and have the cash ready. 2 things normally come into play for me...


    Either I have the money and no time to get it,

    or I have the time and no money. :lol3 Don't you hate that?
  12. kirkster70

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    Okay, I played hooky from customer jobs yesterday (sorry Ron!)

    The allure of the big momma jomma bbq was too much to ignore. :D



    I start the day by making a proper ballast weight to replace the tractor weights. A scrap piece of 1/8" wall rectangular tube from a recent tear-out at work will look pretty nice. End caps made from the same material.

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    End tabs made from yet more scrap flat bar...

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    And I fill the tube with 50 lbs of 3/8" washers. Wasteful? Pretty much. But, they were free. I've given away several thousand pounds, and still have several thousand pounds left. They didn't cost me a penny, so wasteful is relative, I suppose. Any local gents need 3/8" or 1/2" hardware? Hit me up.

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    Each one of these tubs weighs 750 lbs. :lol3 Yep, they were going to the trash. A buddy brought them to me for free. Your cost if you want some? Free as well.

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    So yeah, I could have spent $4 for a bag of sand, but this was FREE! :D

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    I know where to get 3/8" flat washers if I ever run out. :roflEnd cap welded on, ballast hung in place. Me likey. BTW, those suitcase weights are 25 lbs a pop, so that was a perfect trade.

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    Back to the 1/4" plate...

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    Tank and firebox back plate welded together.

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    I use an 8lb sledge hammer to get everything square and plumb. CLANGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!

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    My vertical ups aren't the prettiest, but I know they are strong. I was ringing that firebox like a church bell.

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    Top cut out and resting in place. That's good for now. This bad boy gave me a workout yesterday. I'm still whupped this morning.

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    Time to clean up the aftermath from yesterday and get crackin' on Ron's panniers... :clap

    She's coming along quite nicely! :evil

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    Until next time.
  13. jar944

    jar944 Been here awhile

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    What in the name of the salvage yard? I've been wanting to find a local place.
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    Good to see all that grey telecom rack steel being recycled, I scored a bunch myself a few years back when a contractor was going to have to pay to dump an MDF they removed...welds great and it is DEAD straight like a ruler, high quality stuff
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    Zuckerman Metals Inc

    221 E 5th St, Front Royal, VA ‎
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    Not a very big place, but more often than not, they have what I'm looking for.

    I like turning in hundreds of pounds of little bitty pieces that even I think are junk (:D) and then using the cashola to shop. :lol3

    They love it too since they pay 5 cents a lb and then mark it up 1000% at 50 cents a lb. But hey, it's still cheaper than new by a large margin and they are a mile from my house. Pretty hard to beat.


    They will also work with you on price. Since I bought so much plate, they knocked it down to 30 cents a lb.
  16. kirkster70

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    These racks were old UPS battery racks from a data center. They are very heavy at 64 lbs a piece. :lol3 I think I scored almost 60 of 'em and have given at least half of them away.

    I may have 15 or so left if anyone needs any. They do weld very nicely once the powder is ground away. Reuse is the name of the game!
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    Big momma slowly chugging ahead...

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    Firebox fully welded. Corners dressed up with a grinder. I may feel energetic enough today to start cutting out the door.

    Wifey picked up 3 spare pork rib racks and some beeyah yesterday, so bbq 1.0 may override 2.0.

    :freaky:lol3
  18. 9Dave

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    Yep.

    I was for a while, then took a break while house projects took over.

    And FWIW - don't know what my local yard pays for steel scrap, but they only charge 25 to 35 cents per pound. Depends on the day, humidity, owner's mood :dunno
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    We have a scrap yard near here that used to be great- would sell me dead dirt bikes dirt cheap (:norton), but now they think everything is almost worth its weight in gold. They won't even give me a break if I'm buying for the school.

    One of my favorite things to do still though is spend an hour or two wandering with my camera and take pics of all of the cool old stuff that people throw out. Only difference now is that I can't afford hardly any of it. :cry
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    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    Scrap prices have really gone up lately. All some guys do full-time is drive around with a trailer and fill it up.

    I don't think I can complain too loudly on the prices I'm paying seeing that most scrap I have was absolutely free. :evil

    I like browsing through the scrapyard myself. It's never the same and you never know what you may stumble across.



    I got some new play toys in the mail a couple weeks back that I haven't tried out yet. :freaky

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    BBQ 1.0 up to speed with 3 racks of St. Louis Cut pork ribs. :clap I've never cooked ribs in my life. Cutting the tips off for the SL Cut was harder than imagined. Mebbe I'll use a sawzall next time. :lol3

    This shows that BBQ 1.0 isn't nearly as big as it appears to be. Hence the "need" for 2.0. Heheheheh. I really just wanted upper and lower shelves so pork grease can drip into the baked beans. ;) Hmmmm......... I think I can add a pull-out rib rack to this! It's always something.

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    Hickory preheating on the firebox.



    Not all bi-metal thermometers are created equal. :D

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    Once I hit 150 internal on the ribs, I will crutch them in foil with some honey, brown sugar, a little butter, and a touch of cayenne pepper. Yum!

    This ought to be good!!!!! :freaky:freaky:freaky