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Old 10-31-2011, 03:57 PM   #161
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Now that's real pro, not only did you make a tool but you went and got it chromed as well!

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Ha! Thanks Dan. But I didn't chrome it, I just zinc-plated it here in the garage, then gave it a quick polishing.
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Ha! Thanks Dan. But I didn't chrome it, I just zinc-plated it here in the garage, then gave it a quick polishing.
Any details on home zinc plating? I'd like to see how that works!
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Old 11-01-2011, 09:14 AM   #164
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Take a look at my build thread (below) on page 11, there's my zinc plate setup there.

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Any details on home zinc plating? I'd like to see how that works!
It's not too bad actually. I got the small kit since hardware is what I end up restoring. It does take some practice though to get good results by adjusting bath temps, brightener, time in, and current. Caswell's is where I got mine. I should have got one a long time ago.
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Old 11-01-2011, 10:02 AM   #166
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some real neat stuff
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Old 11-01-2011, 12:09 PM   #167
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portaband into a table band with a footswitch on and off...originally built it to make tattoo machine frames but use it for everything
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portaband into a table band with a footswitch on and off...originally built it to make tattoo machine frames but use it for everything
great idea.

not home-made, but one of the maintenance shops here at work has a frame that mounts a portaband on a pivot turning it into the same as the band saws you cut lengths of pipe/tube/angle iron/etc. it wouldn't take much imagination or work to make something similar if you're lucky enough to own a port-a-band.
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Here is the truing stand I built a few years back. I used 3/4" threaded rod and turned the inside ends down to .500". Then made two different sets of cones, pointed ones for the brit wheels. I turned down the outside ends of the threaded rod, rethreaded, and bought the cast handles from McMaster Carr. I welded up the frame and painted. I use the brass "gauge rods" for the indicators and finish the truing with a magnetic base dial indicator. I put bearings on the top and got a piece of .500" drill stem and use it to static balance tires (or hubs if I'm lightening them). Have about $35 into it.
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Old 12-23-2011, 10:18 AM   #171
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I took some old handlebars and an F clamp.



Cut about 1 1/2" off the bars and faced the ends...



Milled an inspection slot...



And used them as a valve extraction tool.



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Old 12-23-2011, 08:04 PM   #172
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Could never find a shop stool that was the right height and sturdy enough for my fat ass. So I made one...




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Old 12-24-2011, 12:14 AM   #173
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Every shed needs a ponderin' chair.
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It's a fender radius gauge, for measuring the radius of fenders from the inside. Saves on math. It's designed on a computer and cut with a laser that cuts shells for cutting dies. This was my prototype, and is really twice as large as it needs to be. I changed jobs before I got a chance to make a second, smaller one. Note that the '70s FX/XL front fender had a radius of 14 1/4".



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Old 12-24-2011, 10:32 AM   #175
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That's slick as all hell.
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M. O. Ther's radius gauge is absolutely slick.

Speaking of radii,
heres the radius-cutting toolpost I just conjured from scraps, so I could cut domed friction washers to fix carbs like on the bike at the top of the page.

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M. O. Ther's radius gauge is absolutely slick.

Speaking of radii,
heres the radius-cutting toolpost I just conjured from scraps, so I could cut domed friction washers to fix carbs like on the bike at the top of the page.

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thats cool,but can you elaborate that for a dumbass swede
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thats cool,but can you elaborate that for a dumbass swede :o:o:o
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Schebler HX carbs, as would be on the machine at the top of the page, used a domed washer soldered to the throttleshaft and disc to keep it from pulling out.

So I made a lathe toolpost to cut them;
The square hole is for a wrench handle to turn the post through its arc, tensioned by the large nut on its spindle.

When damage to carb bores must be honed away, an oversize washer (and throttledisc) must be custom-cut to fit exactly. The progress of the cut is measured with a dial indicator set to zero within a tube of exact inside diameter.

Conveniently, American carb needle knobs are 1/4"-40tpi, thus one full turn is exactly .025", making minute adjustments of the toolpoint possible.

When the radius is precisely the same as the carb bore, I center-drill for the shaft, and 'part' the washer off of the rod stock.

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Old 12-25-2011, 08:28 AM   #179
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aaah cool
and thanx a lot you just gave me an idea how to make the lower dies for my home made english wheel
merry xmas to you to
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Old 12-25-2011, 08:35 AM   #180
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for a more radiused lower one for theese
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this is pics of small english wheels i made earlier to do small patch panels and bike fenders or whatever







just for fun i made a door skin for my -27 roadster hot rod using the wheel and a beadroller

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