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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by kustombuilder, Jan 16, 2008.

  1. That would be for that guy we learned about in shop class, Primitive Pete.
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  2. GearheadsQCE
    Joined: Mar 23, 2011
    Posts: 3,402

    Alliance Vendor

    Don't get me wrong, I'd do that in a heartbeat. But, you're working for less than $15/hr.
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  3. Plastic handle on facebook $30.
    2 hours in the shop deducing a project, repurposing scrap steel, playing with tools.....priceless
  4. dirty old man
    Joined: Feb 2, 2008
    Posts: 8,910

    dirty old man
    Member Emeritus

    Using the side mounted handle that came with the grinder when purchased: Sensible thing to do
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  5. brading
    Joined: Sep 9, 2019
    Posts: 704


    I think the handle on top is more about ease of control in tight spaces.
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  6. mr.chevrolet
    Joined: Jul 19, 2006
    Posts: 8,875


    ArborPress Bender:
    upper is made to fit press bar, will bend nice 90s in strap steel

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  7. j hansen
    Joined: Dec 22, 2012
    Posts: 5,496

    j hansen

    Same idea,,mine are just a little bigger:) Skärmavbild 2021-06-19 kl. 19.43.24.png Skärmavbild 2021-06-19 kl. 19.42.46.png
  8. Sporty45
    Joined: Jun 1, 2015
    Posts: 1,185


    Like the Rock Auto magnet, I have those damn things everywhere!

  9. Ron Brown
    Joined: Jul 6, 2015
    Posts: 1,717

    Ron Brown

    Was over at a friends the other day...he was jacking up the front of his roadster when it slipped off the jack, which in turn, crushed the bottom of his grill shell and bent the shit outta the grill...when I got home made this simple jack alteration

    My jack has a removable pad, so I took a short piece of 1.5" c-channel I had lying around and made it fit my beam axle (Superbell) sits nicely inside and will not allow the jack to slide out...takes about 30 secs to switch it from pad to channel and back....simple but works really well 23D69863-1996-4DF4-A0D2-D4703ABAB4E3.jpeg
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  10. Doublepumper
    Joined: Jun 26, 2016
    Posts: 1,556

    from WA-OR, USA

    ^ Great idea! I'm going to make up a couple of these right now.
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  11. lostone
    Joined: Oct 13, 2013
    Posts: 2,876

    from kansas

    Just finished the stand for my shrinker/stretcher.

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  12. Stueeee
    Joined: Oct 21, 2015
    Posts: 307

    from Kent, UK

    Home made TIG cooler

    Need to do some Ali welding on a thick transmission casting, so any of my Gas cooled torches would not be any good for a big fillet weld. Bought a WP18 Water cooled TIG torch for a reasonable price, but was a bit shocked at the cost of a TIG cooler. So.....

    Started off with this NOS oil cooler picked up at a swapmeet and mounted it on what will be the back panel of the cooler.
    Then added a pair of fans scavenged from computer file servers


    Fabbed this tank from some scrap Stainless sheet that came from a mate. Welding wasn't good to look at on the first pass; once I'd rewelded the pinholed areas after pressure testing it @ 10PSI the welding looks quite horrible. I turned that Brass boss in my lathe for the (swapmeet again) coolant temperature guage.


    here's the casing with the pump. This is a 12V pump intended to provide domestic water in a motorhome or such. Will run up to 80PSI and can push 6 litres a minute -although obviously not both at the same time. The power supply running the pump is an ATX, the standard item in IBM clone PCs for many years.


    Here's the cooler plumbed up; there is a flow sensor in there which will sound an alarm if the flow stops. The flow sensor came from a dead washing machine, the horn came from my daughter's first bicycle.


    This is the cooler after testing it with my WP 18 torch. There is really good flow through the torch; the head end pressure (the bottom gauge) is 30 PSI. No excuse not to get on with the welding job now....
  13. Stueeee, thanks for sharing! I was thinking about something like this recently for the same reasons!
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  14. loudbang
    Joined: Jul 23, 2013
    Posts: 40,293


    Pardon my ignorance about this subject but what does it cool and why is it needed?
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  15. G-son
    Joined: Dec 19, 2012
    Posts: 1,293

    from Sweden

    If I'm not mistaken, the TIG torch. High current welding brings a lot of heat to everything around it, you want the heat in the metal you are welding and not in the torch you are holding.
  16. Stueeee
    Joined: Oct 21, 2015
    Posts: 307

    from Kent, UK

    As G-son says, the coolant is pumped round the torch head to stop it overheating/burning out during high current welding. The coolant is delivered through the torch power lead -the actual conductor is the metal braid around the hose; this allows a smaller cross section power lead which goes some way to compensate for the weight of the coolant on its way to/from the torch. The red and blue (Rectus 21) fittings on the front are where the torch coolant go and return connect up.

    The WP18 water cooled torch is the same physical size and uses the same accessories as the largest gas cooled torch (WP26) but has double the current capacity at around 350A. There is a whole range of smaller water cooled torches, which are all much more compact than an equivalent gas cooled torch.
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  17. loudbang
    Joined: Jul 23, 2013
    Posts: 40,293


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  18. SilverJimmy
    Joined: Dec 2, 2008
    Posts: 531


    I don’t have your talent nor the ambition to build a cooler from scratch. I have a pallet queen!
    Not home made but I did earn the cash to buy it at home! My new Miller Dynasty 210DX with CPS and cooler. My only excuse now will be laziness!
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  19. The hard part, paying for it, is done.

    That TIG cooler is awesome!
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  20. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 12,373

    Bandit Billy

    I have tried TIG welding and I can say paying for the welder is not the hard part :cool:
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  21. whtbaron
    Joined: Sep 12, 2012
    Posts: 579

    from manitoba

    I see I missed the welding table discussion a couple pages back. I made this table last winter starting with a 2" thick piece of odd shaped steel for the top. I was originally going to drill the top for attachments, but when I found out that was no fun, I made a 3" angle frame around it and drilled the holes there. Comes complete with the vice grip rack and mud dauber guard, even though we don't have mud daubers up here. Probably weighs in somewhere north of 700 lbs so I used heavy duty castors on one end and a floor jack tab for the other end. Stays put when I'm working. Has a heavy duty vice and a post vice and an extendable end. IMG_4571.JPG IMG_5133.JPG IMG_5159.JPG IMG_5167.JPG
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  22. whtbaron
    Joined: Sep 12, 2012
    Posts: 579

    from manitoba

    Got a black with red racing stripe theme going on so the table had to match... that's soffit metal painted red for the shelves and I've got a couple upright attachments for the upright recievers.

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  23. ekimneirbo
    Joined: Apr 29, 2017
    Posts: 4,281


    Here is a Bead Roller I just finished. I wanted one with clearance for longer stuff and had most of the parts laying around from different other stuff. Some of it I had to buy new though. My recommendation to anyone wanting to build something similar is ........Don't. It was waaaayyyy more work than I expected. Probably a lot better to just modify an existing cheapo, or use box tubing and put the shafts on the outside of the box tubing. I like it now that its done, but wouldn't do it again.

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  24. rockable
    Joined: Dec 21, 2009
    Posts: 4,450


    Go Big or Go Home! Right? :D
  25. bigdog
    Joined: Oct 30, 2002
    Posts: 761


    Damn that's nice.
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  26. Pretty simple, very mechanical and something I always wanted but didn't want to buy. So I built one. It was lots of fun, only lost a small amount of blood, just the bad stuff that didn't like me anyway and a few burns.

    Made it from 3/4 inch steel tube 1/8 wall and some 1/4 flat steel for the base and the tabs and a random spring I found in the garage.

    I used my cheap off-shore mini lathe to make three different tips for it. The white one is delrin, the other two are mild steel.
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  27. chiro
    Joined: Jun 23, 2008
    Posts: 1,187


    ^^^Nice job, But I'm sorry...what is it and what does it do? I have no idea. I may need to make one though. Lol
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  28. nunattax
    Joined: Jan 10, 2011
    Posts: 3,065

    from IRELAND

    looks like a dent removing tool to me??
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  29. Koz
    Joined: May 5, 2008
    Posts: 2,706


    Whacked out this bead roller frame. I used the July, '94 American Rodder article as a muse and altered dimensions to work with my offshore cheapy guts. Works damn near as good as my old Pexto which I dearly miss. All shafts are brass bushed and run just right.
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  30. mgermca
    Joined: Mar 2, 2008
    Posts: 261


    Looks like a Bullseye pick to me, nicely done too!


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