A strange take on a DR650

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by Hurco550, Aug 4, 2021.

  1. Hurco550

    Hurco550 Keep er' Between the Ditches

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    I didn't mean to share so much machining stuff on this thread, but since a few of y'all seemed interested, I figured I'd share my latest addition. I've been wanting to add a small milling machine to the shop for a while, but I never found one that I could afford until now. This showed up on Facebook marketplace last night and I jumped on it as soon as I saw it when the post was only 18 minutes old. It was 45 minutes north and I went as soon as the guy was available and brought it home.

    It is a Becker milling machine circa 1915 mated to a Bridgeport pattern head circa 1934 with a110v single phase 1/4 h.p. motor. This head was made by bridgeport before Bridgeport ever made a milling machine (1938). It needs a bit of surface rust cleaned off, but it's a functioning little machine.
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    A pic with my ugly mug for scale. It's about 3/4 size of a standard bridgeport style mill.
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  2. DiggerD

    DiggerD DougFir from SuperDuke Days

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    Nice !
    So,,what are you thinking?
    Use a chair for a sit down job, or put it on a stand?

    I like using old tools...takes you back in time.
    Got my Grand Dads vice on my work bench.
    It is a nice reminder of days gone by.
    It was fun bringing it home via carry on luggage from Ohio to Oregon in a jym bag. :D:D:D
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  3. Hurco550

    Hurco550 Keep er' Between the Ditches

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    I'm probably going to put it on a stand (with heavy casters) to get it up to a better working height. I'll put leveler jack screws to take it off the casters when in use.

    I can only imagine carrying a vice on an airplane like that hahaha
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  4. DiggerD

    DiggerD DougFir from SuperDuke Days

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    "I can only imagine carrying a vice on an airplane like that hahaha"

    Yea, that was fun. Weight limit was near max, 45lbs if I remember correct.
    Tried my dam'est to make it look lite as I set it down on the inspection table.
    The only thing they wanted to know was if there was any other item hiding in the jym bag they could not see because of the thick steel.
    They felt around in the bag, but that was all I had in there.
    Did have some extra rope I used for a handle and other packing material.
    Was funny seeing the vice show on the X-ray screen.
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  5. AK650

    AK650 Long timer Supporter

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    What a cool mill! While small, it looks to have plenty of mass for its size. I'll bet it will cut beautifully. I'm a machine whore, so the tool porn doesn't both me at all!
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  6. Baroquenride

    Baroquenride Everyone dies, but not everyone truly lives.

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    That's a piece of history right there! Imagine how many people have used that very machine throughout the last 90ish years to create and build items! Makes me think of the movie, The Red Violin.
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    Hay Ewe Just a Wannabe

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    Good thread, bike has nice lines
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  8. 3legs

    3legs Real men ride sidecars Supporter

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    Holy shit that looks heavy. It belongs in a museum however it will probably outlast modern machines.
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  9. Hurco550

    Hurco550 Keep er' Between the Ditches

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    I think machines will last longer if they are maintained and used than if they were to sit in a museum =)

    I got it off the trailer last night. Im guessing its about 1,000 lbs, which is pretty stout for a small machine. I got it done with a engine hoist, which actually wasn't quite as janky as it seems that it would've been. I will be building a roll stand for it with casters and leveling feet to help get it where it needs to be in the shop.
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  10. DiggerD

    DiggerD DougFir from SuperDuke Days

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    Did that milling machine move get away from you ?

    Things ok on your end ?
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  11. Hurco550

    Hurco550 Keep er' Between the Ditches

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    All good here. I am a school teacher, so when August 17 hits, projects at home slow down rapidly lol

    I did use the mill to make a brake adapter for the front of the bobber though.
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  12. JStory

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    I like it.
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  13. Hurco550

    Hurco550 Keep er' Between the Ditches

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    I picked up a rad cr250m aluminum tank at Barber. Its mostly the same shape as the cr125m (steel) tank that I've been using so far, and will mount with a re done rear mount.

    The alloy 250m tank has become almost unattainable (at least for any price that I could swing) so I couldn't pass this one up for $100, even though it had a few sizable dents to work out.
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    After stripping off the horrible orange rattle can paint, I started working through the process of pushing the dents out.
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    There's a guy on Facebook named Joe Abatte who has some really good videos on fixing alloy tanks and even specifically elsinore tanks. I drilled a hole in the tunnel and started pushing dents out with a couple pieces of steel rod that I bent in various ways to get to the dents. I used a magnet on the outside of the tank to know exactly where the tip of the steel rod was to start pushing.
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    The process isn't overly difficult, just time consuming. You block sand the tank in two different directions to show the low spots, push them up and block again. Rinse and repeat. The goal isn't to really sand away material at much as it is to just show low spots. It's also a bit tricky as you can't use body filler on a bare tank.
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    Once you get all the low points raised, you do a final sanding, and in my case, finish it with a D/A sander fitted with a scotch bright pad.
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    My original plan was to get the really dented side fixed and leave the "better" side alone, but once I fixed the big dents on the worse side, the other one looked bad. It definitely went easier/ faster on the second side since I wasn't starting with deep baseball sized dents lol.
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    I have probably about 10 hours in the tank repairs, but I think it's well worth it for how well it fits the bike and I just love the aluminum tank. 20211106_192842.jpg
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  14. jimroid

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    :clap:clap Damn. Nice and energetic work.
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  15. VX Rider

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    thanks for sharing, and awesome patience to get it 'right'.

    many quit and hide it with filler
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  16. nostep

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    Now that is an excellent trick! I'm sure I'll use it somewhere, some day. Thanks!

    Beautiful work!
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  17. sruss67

    sruss67 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Great stuff and thanks for sharing that technique, looking great as a result of your hard work, patience, and determination.
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  18. 3legs

    3legs Real men ride sidecars Supporter

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    Damn I wished I'd known about that trick before I bogged up my GS750 tank. What a nightmare that was.
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  20. Gedrog

    Gedrog 1000 mile stare a 1000 stories to tell

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    I bought this kit a while back love it a handy addition to your MIG welder

    they also have a paintless kit
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