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

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

  1. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Same owner! "BEWARE"!!!!!!:lol3

    Jim :brow
  2. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Old? You obviously are not!:deal

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  3. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    ^ :lol3 Well, I'm twice the age of what I'd consider young.

    But, I'm also half the age of what I'd consider old.

    Sooo..... I guess the mid-life crisis shoud be happening in 3...2...

    :D
  4. 100mpg

    100mpg Self Imposed Exile

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    :eyes How much....I got dibs.:D My BIL has a house upstate. It snows A LOT up there.
  5. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    There's one way nicer than mine on ebay right now in Maine.

    He asking about what I'd be asking for mine...





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    ^ I had no idea the cab did this. Nice design, there.


    Complete with Curtis Cab and 42" blower.
  6. 100mpg

    100mpg Self Imposed Exile

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    That IS nice and shiny! And are you kidding? The cab is called Curtis? What is the name or your cab, Kirks? Thats close...I think you got a lawsuit right there! or maybe you could get sued....quick change the name! :lol3 where is it? my google fu is weak...
  7. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    Mine should be called "Redneck Rattletrap" :D


    Morning coffee is over. Time to make the donuts. Heheheh.......
  8. 9Dave

    9Dave Bazinga!

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    You mean all this metal working and beam painting is NOT your mid-life crisis? :lol3

    And while we are talking about snow removal, could you pls send over a KirKab for this?
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    It got a bit chilly on Saturday. :vardy

    I had to add some weight to the front to counteract the 3ph blade, so I just chunked up some 3/4" plate I had and added it on top of the suitcase weights. There is a front receiver, so I just used a long bolt and attached them to a drawbar I had, and used a J bolt to go through the handle on one of the suitcase weights.

    At $0.25 a pound, it was cheaper to use the steel than buy more suitcase weights. 100 lbs of steel for $25 vs. 2 42 lb suitcase weights for about $60 each. When the weather gets nicer, I'll paint them a nice JD green.
  9. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    ^ Now THAT looks like fun!!!! Howz about sending some snow my way, would ya'?

    If we ever do get snow, I'll think about you when I have to turn the heater down from being too hot. :evil Now that's just plain mean. :D
  10. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    Come-along mounts fabbed from left over 4" square tube scraps. They will also double as tie down points once all my buddies find about this gantry. A case of beer a day, boys. A CASE, not a 12 pack, you bunch of cheapskates.

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    Joint fit-up. I always try to make my outside corners this way whenever possible for good fill. Notice also that the square tube has radiused corners. That means my welds are as deep as they are wide.

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    Blueing before brushing weld.

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    Flatness of weld...

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    ...just like on the leg joints.

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    Top joint. Notice the slight undercut on each part? I'm not really sure where all the "not enough penetration" comments keep coming from. You guys must be seeing something I'm not.

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    Inside pocket penetration.

    More piccys in a bit...
  11. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    Yep. I like that a lot. Plenty of strength.

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    I made the mounts protrude just enough so that the come-along clears the post sleeve to keep from marring the soon-to-be painted finish.

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    Me likey.

    Just waiting on the wheels.... FedEx managed to lose yet another order. How is that even possible? Probably a 30lb box of large wheels - lost. The best part? I paid extra for expedited shipping. Grumble, grumble, piss, moan. :lol3 Oh well, it could always be worse.
  12. victor441

    victor441 Long timer

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    +1 on the Welper YS-50's, bought mine along with my welder years ago and they are very well made (in Japan) and have held up....I also end up using them for all sorts of non-welding work quite often, they would be worthwhile even without a welder, the spring loaded jaws are very handy

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  13. xcflyn

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    +2 welpers are the way to go !
    Can last for years of abuse :thumb
  14. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    Thanks, Victor, Dan, and Dave!

    Gotta get me sum Welpers!!! :wink:
  15. 100mpg

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    The UPS guy stole them. :D

    It is looking good!
  16. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    UPS is the only shipper I've never had issues with, so maybe you're right. :D

    Thanks!

    I have more colors coming up that you may approve of...:D
  17. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    I need to stencil the load capacity on the beam, so instead of doing a generic stencil, I decide to pimp out my gantry with some 23k gold leaf. :lol3 Why not?

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    I transfer the design with carbon paper and a stylus. I haven't done this in 7 years or so, so let's see if I remember what I thought I knew back then...

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    Size (gold leaf glue) is transparent, so I add a couple drops of gold One-Shot so I can see what I'm doing. This needs to set up for at least an hour before applying the leaf.

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    The layout on the T didn't look right, so I just brushed it 1/2" over using a 1/4" Mack brush.

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    Leaf applied, excess removed with a soft makeup brush. Then I start outlining with One-Shot lettering enamel...

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    Shadows and more outlines applied with a Mack #2 outliner... I thought I was finished here, but it looked a little dull to me.

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    Some black One-Shot gave it a little extra pop. That will work. Still waiting on wheels to complete fabrication, so this kept me entertained for the day. It was nice to blow the cobwebs out and do something creative. Behold! The Gilded Gantry!!!! Heheheh. Wheels are supposed to be here tomorrow. I hope everyone had a good New Years. Until next time...
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    That looks great!
  19. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    :freaky Thanks! Getting closer! Pics incoming...
  20. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    Let's see if I can rig this by myself...

    I bolt the beam supports on, wrap a choker around the beam, and shackle to the same come-along I will use for raising the beam.

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    So far so good. Post slides right into the pocket and gets bolted with 3/4" hardware.

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    My garage helper was getting ready for bed when I called him downstairs because I thought he might like to see this giant Erector set going together. He said " COOOOOL!!!!!!!!!!!" I agree! :D

    I'm fortunate enough to borrow the cherry picker from work. Thanks Frank and Bob!

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    This was about attempt number 10 or so. :lol3 I would either run out of headroom and hit the ceiling with the boom, run out of ram travel on the pump, be choked up on the wrong part of the beam, etc, etc. Persistence pays off and it finally slips together.

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    I'm liking this a lot!!!!!! I'm estimating about 600 lbs right now. If the wheels are the same height as advertised by the manufacturer, I will have 2" of clearance under the roll-up door.

    Measurements:

    Inside span between legs: 9' 6"
    Span between beam supports: 8' 3" to maintain my 5:1 safety ratio at 1ton.

    Legs will be painted after wheel plates are welded on, and after load testing a full ton to see if I need additional leg support down low.

    I'm starting to run out of room in this little residential garage! :lol3


    For my next trick - I'll figure out how to lift the big honkin' hoist in the background up to the I-beam!