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

  1. WZ JUNK
    Joined: Apr 20, 2001
    Posts: 1,853

    from Neosho, MO

    This photo might help. If you need a specific detail, just ask and I will take a photo, 6A732957-10F4-406F-AEF2-F2124AB446BF_1_102_o-resized.jpeg or give you a description.
  2. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 20,646


    The counterweights hold the jaws open until you press the pedal?
  3. wahoo
    Joined: Feb 23, 2011
    Posts: 48


    I use those bread clips on my spark plug wires or to identify any wires when working on an engine. Keep a whole bag of them in my toolbox.
  4. WZ JUNK
    Joined: Apr 20, 2001
    Posts: 1,853

    from Neosho, MO

    Yes, they do the same thing that the springs do on the commercial foot operated stands. I did not like the feel of the springs. The farther you pushed the pedal down, the springs had more resistance, and you could not feel the point when the metal started to move easily. The counterweights eliminated this and gives you the ability to have more control. The purpose of the weights or springs is to return the pedal and open the jaws of the tool.
  5. porsche930dude
    Joined: Jan 5, 2008
    Posts: 274


    I whipped up a wheeling machine to make some fenders and widen the tank on my fat bike. The wheels were just some old kart wheels my brother lathed true on a brake lathe at work. It seems to work

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  6. Bugguts
    Joined: Aug 13, 2011
    Posts: 897


    Great idea on the wheeling machine!
    I have access to an expensive machine of that size and use it occasionally, but I’m not gonna spend the $850 for one.
    I love your simple design and ingenuity.
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  7. patsurf
    Joined: Jan 18, 2018
    Posts: 1,067


    wonderful job!
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  8. whtbaron
    Joined: Sep 12, 2012
    Posts: 579

    from manitoba

    I recently bought a mag drill and annular cutters to drill a bunch of holes in a snow blade (original blades were an older style and new cutting edges had different holes. I wanted to keep them neater than a torch job. ). The drill is a beast and the cutters did a great job (30 seconds for a 5/8" hole compared to 15 to 30 mins / hole with twist drills) but for small jobs around the shop, it just isn't very handy at 30 lbs. I had a dead radial arm saw so I thought I would strip the old saw attachment off and use the height adjustment to hold the mag drill. It has some limitations and I still haven't decided if it's getting a 6" cross slide or a 4" x/y vice but It's a great way to store the drill and be able to use it in a heartbeat. IMG_3548.JPG IMG_3555.JPG IMG_3562.JPG
  9. Fortunateson
    Joined: Apr 30, 2012
    Posts: 5,379


    I’ve been doing that for years. We used to buy powdered detergent from Costco which had clips about 2.5 times of the bread ones. Numbered them 1-8 for plug wires and a few other things...
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  10. 1952henry
    Joined: Jan 8, 2006
    Posts: 1,396


    IMG_0746.jpeg IMG_0745.jpeg 3 position shop stool. Seat is from an old implement, has a leaf spring from a Chevy 1.5 ton for cantilever.
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2024
  11. brando1956
    Joined: Jun 25, 2017
    Posts: 210


    Great idea and execution. Any more photos showing how it works?
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  12. The 39 guy
    Joined: Nov 5, 2010
    Posts: 3,549

    The 39 guy

    Looks like a great idea. Can you please show us some more views?
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  13. 1952henry
    Joined: Jan 8, 2006
    Posts: 1,396


    IMG_0747.jpeg 2 holes in leaf spring, allthread inside steel tube, each tube has 1/4” round stock to catch holes in spring. Just lift seat and pull out. Move it up or down, slide spring into frame and push down over pins on tube
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2024
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  14. TA DAD
    Joined: Mar 2, 2014
    Posts: 1,181

    TA DAD
    from NC

    It has been decades since I have done much transmission work. So I am building a Torqueflight and needed a spring compressor in a hurry. A couple pieces of plywood and some threaded rod and done. IMG_1307.JPG IMG_1308.JPG
  15. Brakedrum Lathe with Wheel-3.jpg Brakedrum Lathe with Wheel-1.jpg Brakedrum Lathe with Wheel-1.jpg View attachment 6076708 View attachment 6076708 Here is what I use to polish aluminum rims.
    Brake Lathe with a lathe chuck welded onto the end. I cut axles to fit into the chuck. This one is a Ford 28 spline turned down to be the same diameter. over the depth of the chuck jaws. Once mounted I use various sanding grits normally starting at 320 then up to 1500. Polish after that with angle grinders. Cannot do the spokes but is handy for the rim. The lathe turns at around 45 RPM so I can carefully hold the sandpaper in my fingers. The brake lathe was free. Not sure why the backside picture posted twice
    Last edited: May 27, 2024 at 1:16 PM
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