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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Gumpa, Sep 5, 2006.

  1. Gumpa
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    I spent a couple of days with this monster and even tho it doesn't have Rockwell tested wheel and anvil it does work quite well. I won't be using it for production work perse' but it will sure be nice to put on patch panels that are smooth and not needing much filler. Gumpa
     
  2. Gumpa
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    Sorry about that. I will try the photos again. Gumpa
     

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  3. Circus Bear
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    I'm guessing it's a english wheel?
     
  4. Gumpa
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    It is now. It didn't start out in life to be one but with a little persuation it decided to become one. Gumpa
     
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  5. Circus Bear
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    any chance of posting a how to and/or a parts list. Mainly wondering what
    you used for upper and lower years.

    Also I've been follow youer dodge build since I picked on up myself. great car.
     
  6. sawzall
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    good idea for the upper adjustment..if the scissor jack does break.. you can easily get another..

    my only thoughts are about the working height..
    I like the anvils a little LOW.. on my wheel the anvils hit right around the middle of my chest..which I find gives me lots of control..

    some machines I have seen have the wheels mounted as high as eyeball level..

    from the pics yours looks high.. so I guess what Iam saying is dont be afraid to chop" the legs to bring it down lower..later

    jeff
     
  7. sawzall
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    oh.. and by the way.. I doubt you'll ever need to worry about hardening the wheels.. mine works fine without the expense..

    I do wish I had few other different lower wheels though..
     
  8. Gumpa
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    LOL. Okay guys here is the plain truth about my english wheel. It is all built from what I have right here except the bottom wheels. I went to Harbor Frieght Tools and screwed up the first trip because I just figured the bearings were centered in all the cast iron casters. I was wrong. I had to go back and get 3 more but I used a run out gauge that was hanging on the shelf there to get the ones closest to center. Then I brought them home and took them to the band saw (Wood Shop) and cut the rubber tires off them and used the 6 inch belt sander to smooth them and to make a radius to them. The big wheel is a 5 inch cast iron caster with ball bearings that came off an old engine stand I had that I think was made from an old railroad cart from the land before time. It isn't as tall as it looks in the pictures. I sit on a short stool to use it and it has a 24 x 26 inch throat size. I can't stand very well nor for very long so the stool isn't a luxury. Total build cost is welding wire, gas, and the O2/Acetelene and three cans of spray paint left over from a trailer I made along time ago. Oh and one burn in a very tender area from some driping slag that burned a hole in my good jeans. Gumpa
     
  9. Gigantor
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    Wow Gumpa- you are one crafty dude - yeah, a tech post on this would be fantastic. I've never had the cash or access to an english wheel, but I'd be interested in making my own (something mighty cool about that idea) and learning the ropes. Thanks for sharing!
     
  10. 58Chev
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  11. Gumpa
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    Oh I forgot the steel I used was a 12 foot long piece of 3 x 5 I had and everything but the sleve is 2x2 box. The sleve is a piece of a trailer hitch reciever I had. The gear reduction sissor jack was left over from an Auction Car and the first one that was gear reduced I had seen. I welded two pieces of 1x2 to the upright to hold the jack and I used two pieces of steel banding for the shims to keep the upper wheel tight in the sleve. Gumpa
     
  12. 35ratbstr
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    from Colorado

    Thats pretty cool!!! But, did you fly all the way down to Lousiana (Katrina) to build that thing????? just kidding

    But you might spend about a 1/2 hour doing some house cleaning. I would hate to see a fellow hamber slip on the coster wheel and knock himself out by acinder block and get shot in the eye with some carb cleaner and then.......... oh you get the message.
    Keep up the Good work
     
  13. Gumpa
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    I agree with the cleaning it up bit. I am just a little behind with the time element. I would love to have the time to spend in and around the shop but the little woman has her list and I have to try to keep up. I just got lucky with her being busy this long weekend and I took full advantage of the situation while I had the chance. Gumpa
     
  14. 35ratbstr
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    from Colorado

    Let'r rip and get'r done! if we spent all the time goin by the code, we'd never get any thing done.

    project looks good, i wish i had one:eek:

    chuck
     

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