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idle hands- no money for parts- a file

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 62rebel, May 24, 2010.

  1. 62rebel
    Joined: Sep 1, 2008
    Posts: 2,817


    been tearing down my 5.0 longblock in stages as i can buy parts, etc... got tired of snagging rough casting edges on the block, so grabbed a couple of files and worked down the rough edges. anybody else this crazy or am i unique...
    one spot on the bellhousing flange i'm going to stamp my name and the date in when i get it finished.
  2. chevyshack
    Joined: Dec 28, 2008
    Posts: 950


    Stamping your name in the block? Thats alittle odd. As for deburring thats not crazy at all. Ive seen engines completly smoothed and painted. Looked very sharp. I was going to do that to my 383 but just said forget it. Its a ton of work and ive got enough aluminum to polish as it is.
  3. rusty76
    Joined: Jun 8, 2009
    Posts: 882

    from Midway NC

    Well if you got the time might as well....seen alot of other crazy stuff.
  4. johnnie
    Joined: Jan 7, 2009
    Posts: 493

    from indiana

    Do it, deburring, on my engines and sometimes the ones for my friends. I always put identity marks on the parts of engines I build. Had a couple guys try to return stuff that I didn't build.

  5. R Pope
    Joined: Jan 23, 2006
    Posts: 3,309

    R Pope

    Yep, if you do a lot of engines its nice to have some ID on them. You can tell for sure if its one of yours then.
  6. Fe26
    Joined: Dec 25, 2006
    Posts: 543


    Yeah I get into that kind of thing as well, a good way to lose/waste a few hours unless you get into the Zen thing, and then you start to meditate on the finer points of what's in front of you. I've also done my initials on the engine, chassis and body.
  7. Hackerbilt
    Joined: Aug 13, 2001
    Posts: 6,250


    Files are highly underrated. Everyone seems to think that tools need electric motors in them or they're useless.
    A selection of handfiles can add the human element so often missing in a modern build.

    But your still not getting my die grinder...;):D
  8. Kona Cruisers
    Joined: Feb 4, 2007
    Posts: 1,074

    Kona Cruisers

    I think people jump straight to power tools WAY to often. X2 if its the first time you are learning something. IE... Metalshapeing... your first WHOLE project IE bowl or what ever should be completed start to end with no power tool... that way you know why the power tool does what it does....
  9. thats if your killing time in the penn
  10. Hackerbilt
    Joined: Aug 13, 2001
    Posts: 6,250


    I agree 100%.

    Theres been a good number of high quality cars built over the years with little more than a Lincoln buzz box, an Oxy/acetylene torch and a selection of hand tools.
    They're a convenience...NOT a necessity!

    There was a time when an electric DRILL was exotic to many! :D
  11. Searcher
    Joined: Jul 8, 2007
    Posts: 620


    My dad was very skilled with hand tools, Files, Wood saws, etc.
    I remember alot of my friends would love to watch him work with them because of the hands on skill level he had developed from years of working with them.

    It was a thing of beauty compaired to watching a power tool do the work. :)
  12. Oldb
    Joined: Apr 25, 2010
    Posts: 218


    Smoothing the rough casting lines and sharp edges gives the engine a nice look when you paint it, also prevents cuts.

  13. wristpin
    Joined: Aug 31, 2009
    Posts: 48


    seems to me that my shop teacher told me that in afganistain the "machinest'" was givin a 3" cube of metal and told to file down to within
    .002 ( with various files) a ball that was + -.002! that was their entrance into gun making class.
  14. smiffy6four
    Joined: Apr 12, 2010
    Posts: 333


    I had a similar experience in shop class, was given a metal cube .025 larger than the required final size, and told to get it to with 3 thou with files only. It was a valuable lesson in the finese of files.
  15. Even chrome-plated.
  16. Fe26
    Joined: Dec 25, 2006
    Posts: 543


    When I had the forge I used to make first year apprentices use nothing but hand tools for the first year. It teachs patience, hand/eye coordination and the skill of using hand tools which they will retain for life. This was how I was taught (and it never did me any harm lol), mind you when I started at 15 years of age an apprentice had no choice other than hand tools, boys (by law) were not allowed to use machines until they were 16 years. One job that used to really impress them was hot filing, I'd clamp a red hot job in a vice and using a farriers rasp (really coarse teeth) rip the surface off with a few strokes, you could take off 3/16ths" or more in one heat. I'd tell the apprentice with the right tools and knowledge who needs a power tool. Usually the look on their face was priceless, 'shock and awe' best describes it.
    Before power tools that's the way work used to be done, my generation was perhaps the last to use intensive hand skills as we transitioned into the world of power tools. Mind you, given the choice now of hand or power I'll take power everytime, and finish by hand if I must.

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