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A Fascinating Tale of Babbitting – How it was Done at the Pre-War Hot Rod Shop

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by T-Head, Dec 13, 2013.

  1. T-Head
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  2. Devin
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    Cool. I always wondered about the process.


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  3. FoMoCoMoFo
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    There's a scene in the move "The Train" with Burt Lancaster where he does it on a steam locomotive part, figured it was similar. Wonder how they do in the block though for main bearings, if you have to preheat it and tin it.

    EDIT: And Claymart's link explained it...
     
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  4. falcongeorge
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    I poured and fitted babbit bearings as part of my machinist training 25 some-odd years ago.
     
  5. bonesy
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    That's so cool. Thanks.
     
  6. GEEZZER
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    My buddy pours Babbitt only because he loves the old processes, Its hard labor intensive, nasty work, makes no money at it, but he still likes doing it.
     
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  8. Rem
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    What is it like to machine? I imagine it being soft and cloggy, but guess it isn't that soft or it wouldn't last?
     
  9. 1971BB427
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    My father was born in 1904 and told me stories of his adventures with his first Model T he had in the early 1920's. He said he had a "kit" that could pour his own babbit bearings and he could drop the crank and after pouring bearings he would lap them in to get a good fit. All done in his dirt driveway at home. He said a lot of local guys did the same, as money was tight, and few could afford to pay a garage to do the work.
     
  10. falcongeorge
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    We didnt machine it, we scraped it with a bearing scraper.
     

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