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Old 02-13-2014, 07:06 AM   #281
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Could you give some dimensions? I can't really tell how it works.

I have always liked the '36 Ford spare tire ring as a fender trick, so I got a Packard tire ring, which is nice because it has a piece of stainless trim around it. It has the right width for my tire, but it's too big in diameter. Your tool will reduce the diameter, without making it wider, am I correct?
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Old 02-14-2014, 09:39 PM   #282
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When using the "fender tweeker" tool (or two 2 X 4's used as levers) to tighten a fender radius, you're always going to gain some on the fender width. When using 2 x 4's, I've always ended up spreading the fender quite a bit because you end up pushing right near the fender's edge. With the "tweeker" you can apply the force closer to the fender's center or crown because you can trap the fender in place, so it can't move away from you when you apply the outward pressure.

The fender in the picture is stamped "Made in England" and it started out 31-1/2" from tip to tip and 6" wide. After working it in the "tweeker" a bit, it now measures 29" from tip to tip and 6-1/4" wide. Just right for the Pan project I've been working on .

Not sure which dimensions you'd like, but here are a few of them -

The two long arms are about 4 foot long (long enough to give some serious leverage). The bottom arm is stationary, and the top arm pivots. The pivot point on the top arm is 6" measured from the end. The pivot is a 1/2" bolt and it's adjustable for height with 3 holes drilled at 3", 4", and 5" to the centers, measured up from the bottom of the lower leg. The hardwood "shoes" that contact the fender are 3" long x 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" (approx.) and contoured to match the fender profile. The shoes bear on the pivot arms and are backed up with an angle iron clips that in turn are bolted to the arms. That L-shaped bracket that traps the fender in place and keeps the fender from pushing away or up also can be adjusted by sliding it and locking it down with a bolt. I'm pretty sure I've managed to make this thing sound a lot more complicated than it is . It's simple to build out of scrap and odds and ends, and it's real easy to use. It'll work on fenders from 4-1/2" to 8" wide.

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Old 02-14-2014, 10:17 PM   #283
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Concrete guy, awesome idea and if you have the clamps, its so easy. I really need to go through this whole thread.
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Old 03-06-2014, 11:57 AM   #284
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Here is a Home brew lathe tool that I had forgotten until the other day when I needed it again. Not in daily use but a good additon. This is a ball turning tool and it pretty easy to make. The frame is of Aluminium and I am turing Stainless 316 with out problems








Also note the brass handel on the tool.

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Old 03-06-2014, 04:59 PM   #285
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Lester - that is a cool trick!

Geo - same goes for you! Can I come over to your house and shrink my smooth wassel fender?
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Old 03-06-2014, 05:11 PM   #286
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For sure, shoot me a p.m. and we'll get together on it.

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Old 03-11-2014, 02:30 PM   #287
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i have a small benchgrinder and only use it for small bits and shapening drillbits,it's modified to accept 5" flapdics on one side and has the fine stone for DB on the other,but i wanted it to be able to rotate and still stay in place on the lift table,well i found a new turn plate for fat tv's and bolted them togheter and to the table,an ecenterlock keeps it from swiveling in use



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That's the cat's pajamas....
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Old 06-07-2014, 12:57 PM   #289
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not a "big" tool but.... I had to make a gasket for the kicker cover. Had no punch for the holes, did the next best thing. Took a pneumatic tool adapter and a carbide tip and sharpened the inside of the inlet and punched clean holes...
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There you go ^^^^!
That's a good tip Rob.
You can make just about any size of gasket or leather punch you could ever want by sharpening either the outside or inside edge any tube or piece of pipe. Yours looks like its made from an air line fitting.

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Spent rifle casings work well for hole punches.
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Spent rifle casings work well for hole punches.
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''Spent'' is the word here!!!....make sure the Primer is popped ! hahahahaha
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Old 06-08-2014, 12:52 PM   #293
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Springer spring compressor. About $3 worth of 5/16 allthread, nuts, washers and pipe hanger strap. Doubled up the strap cause this new Chinese or Indian stuff is not much thicker than tinfoil. Pretty exciting listening to it creak and groan but it held even when tightening my forks with both upper and lower internal springs.


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''Spent'' is the word here!!!....make sure the Primer is popped ! hahahahaha
Ya, but with a live primer, you won't have to get the little plug out of the case.
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Springer spring compressor. About $3 worth of 5/16 allthread, nuts, washers and pipe hanger strap. Doubled up the strap cause this new Chinese or Indian stuff is not much thicker than tinfoil. Pretty exciting listening to it creak and groan but it held even when tightening my forks with both upper and lower internal springs.




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Maybe a bit OT, but spent casings have some other values, too... modern-day Keihin carburetors do not have flathead idle mix screws - they are 'D' shaped. You can buy that expensive ass tool, or flatten one side of a .223 case and use it. I don't have a pic of mine, but one lives in the tool pouch of one of my bikes.
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I suppose I can qualify my tools as "Home Made" but probably stretching that line a bit.

My sheet metal tools:

My shrinker-stretcher stands, down to two of these right now.







My big fab table











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Old 06-10-2014, 10:24 AM   #298
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Adjustable engine stand I did for a Triumph Trident engine.







Helve Hammer:











Stamping dies to emboss sheet metal:









Collet wrench for my Pullmax:



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Jug fixture to do cut new intake ports in VL jugs:



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I suppose I can qualify my tools as "Home Made" but probably stretching that line a bit.

My big fab table











That table is awesome. What is the spacing on the holes and are they threaded? How thick is the table top?
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Old 06-10-2014, 11:09 AM   #300
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Table top is 5'X12' 1/2" thick and the holes are 1/2-13 threaded on 6" centers.

Eventually I want to replace the top with 3/4 or 1" plate with more holes. But this works very well for now.
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