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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    :lol3 Yeah, I was picturing that in my mind thinking that taking them both back to the same point doesn't make much of a difference compared to what I already have...

    We'll get it figured out one way or another. :freaky


    If nothing else, the come-alongs actually work quite nice. I can move up 3 holes on one side, 6 on the other, 6 holes on the first side, etc, etc, and it goes rather quickly. If I stay with this method, the cheapy come-alongs will be ditched in favor of some quality made come-alongs. The engagement on these cheapys doesn't feel completely "positive" all the time. I'm waiting for them to jump a tooth and slip, although they haven't as of yet.
  2. CaptTeach

    CaptTeach Been here awhile

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    Hey could you bring that gantry to Grenada MS?? I'm heading to Springfield MO to get a big ass lathe Fri. It's supposed to weigh about 3000lbs!!
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    This is my favorite place to visit in AdvRider. I got an old stick welder from my dad and tried to make mods on an old rusty trailer. Just couldn't pull it off and gave all the equipment to my brother. You and your projects have given me hope. All the posts are great too. Best thread ever! <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    I am going to retire this coming year and committed to learning to weld. Plan welding school and then buy a modern welder. This is just to say thanks and keep it coming kirkster70.:clap<o:p></o:p>
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  4. 9Dave

    9Dave Bazinga!

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    Stopped at my favorite scrap yard yesterday to find some base material for FrankenGantry.

    They had this 6X6 tube on the rack, and I got 15' for $56, including cutting two 6' lengths. I love the place!

    Have to finish some projects down at the shop before getting underway, but I think I now have all the steel I need to build this thing. :thumb
  5. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    Sure! You may have to upgrade my Yale hoist, though! :D

    Whatcha' gettin'???
  6. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    Thanks, KJ! It's been a fun journey learning new things and I still have a lot of things I want to try and tackle this spring.

    Thank you very much for the kind words. I do appreciate it! Start posting up when you get rolling!! :clap You can get as good as you want by just keeping with it.
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    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    Nice price!!! You got a good start. I can't wait to see how yours turns out! :clap
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    CaptTeach Been here awhile

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    Early Southbend - Supposed to be a 13 but pix look more like a 18 or bigger - 9ft overall length.It's the only lathe I have ever seen with cabinets on both ends vs a cabinet and a set of legs. I think its pre 1930 but not sure yet - the price is right at just over scrap weight value!! Also looking at an early Southbend mill thats WW2 vintage.
  9. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    Wow! Very nice! Post up some pics when you get it. I'm thinking a lathe may be my next major purchase but will probably have to wait for a little bit.
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    CaptTeach Been here awhile

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    I have a 7x12 HF lathe and I use it a LOT to make spacers and anything else I think it will turn Cant wait to have a real lathe in the shop. I have a feeling that I'll be moving lots of stuff around to make space for all the new equipment. It will not be pretty moving all that crap around - cars trucks boats and motorcycles will all need to be moved Maybe even the other tools and such!!
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    Help a local brudda out! where is this elusive 'favorite yard'? Research Alloys?
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    This may have been covered, but when you wired your 50 amp service in the garage, how far from the main panel is it and what gauge wire did you use. I have a run of about 60' from main panel to garage and I want to run a 50 amp breaker as well. One electrician told me 8/3 and I found online that 6/3 would be better in case I upgraded welders. I only have a lincoln 225 buzzbox now, but want a mig in the worst way. Your thoughts?

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    :D. Yep. Research Alloys/Stargate Metals. They are the only local yard I've found that will let you pick through the piles, as well as getting some decent dimensional material every now and the. :thumb
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    Wow! Just discovered this thread! Great to see other "afflicted".
    When I read this, I remember how fabbing your own stuff is so rewarding, but like all addictions, there's a dark side too.
    I spent more time doing "Gummint Work" than real job. I drive a truck, so it was a bad combo.
    About ten years ago I had to do the unthinkable.... I had to MOVE!
    It's good that there was no Hoarders show back then.
    Keep up the good work.
  15. kirkster70

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    I ran a piece of 3/4" conduit and pulled #8 wire. I have a 50A welding receptacle in each garage and the longest run is probably 50 feet. 8/3 is just fine. I am an electrician. :evil :D
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    Thanks!

    Yeah, I was just thinking the other day that it would be nice to have a larger place. But then I thought what a pain it would be to move almost 20 years of hoarding!!! Maybe I'll make do for a bit longer! :lol3
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    Thanks for the reply. This is one of my favorite threads on advrider and one I check daily for updates. Your work looks awesome.

    Travis
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    You're quite welcome. Thanks for the kind words!
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    Look any different? :D

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    My wife said it looks like an Easter egg. :lol3 Hmmm...she has a good point! I guess I could have spent a bit more time tinting the blue.

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    While the Easter egg is drying, I can now paint the fingers. I'm hoping to have it 100% ready to roll in about 2 days or so. While the fingers are drying, I'll go pick up some 5052 aluminum to make some more panniers. This tool should allow my quality of bend to go up quite a few notches compared to the homemade brake I was using...we'll have to wait and see. I'm pretty excited to use it for the first time! :clap
  20. 9Dave

    9Dave Bazinga!

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    Damn, man. That looks NICE! FoMoCo would never recognize it.

    And I lied - the material I picked up at the scrap yard is 4", not 6". You know guys, we always think things are bigger than they are.:wink:

    But after handling 6' of 4" material, I can imagine what the legs of your gantry weigh. :eek1