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Technical ~~~ peaking & polishing a 32 axle ~~~

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by 117harv, Dec 31, 2013.

  1. Sexy man. Sexy
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  2. Beautiful work. Thanks for the great pics.
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  3. Holy f#*k Harv that axle is perfection, its almost got me wanting to shoot to the shed and attack mine.
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  4. model t 26
    Joined: Nov 13, 2009
    Posts: 3

    model t 26

    you're a sick man my friend
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  5. indyjps
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
    Posts: 3,600


    Harv, are you a diemaker? Its the same process for a class A draw die, punch or binder. I've spent some time pushing a stone on steel, you work looks great.
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  6. willysguy
    Joined: Oct 2, 2007
    Posts: 1,199

    from Canada

    That is some really nice work.
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  7. A Rodder
    Joined: Jul 13, 2008
    Posts: 2,477

    A Rodder

    Harv, you are amazing.
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  8. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 26,408


    Who picks the chrome shop, and do you get to meet the guy that will take over the project? Bob
  9. 3wLarry
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 12,804

    Member Emeritus
    from Owasso, Ok

    that is sick...if I ever get this anal on my next car build, I hope someone just shoots me. :D
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  10. 117harv
    Joined: Nov 12, 2009
    Posts: 6,594


    When I am done with my work, the axle will be heading to Australia to be used for final mock up/assembly, under a 34 coupe if I remember right, then off for final polishing and chrome. I also just found out it will have a beautiful chromed Hudsom steering box done by Neal here on the HAMB....thanks for the comments guys:)
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  11. 19Fordy
    Joined: May 17, 2003
    Posts: 6,602


    Beautiful work. It's great to see there are still craftsman out there who really care about quality. I know you said you don't "build up" the axle boss with weld after truing it with the end mill, BUT would it be ok to make the shims and then weld them to the axle boss?
    Can't help but wonder what such quality costs to make that axle so top notch.
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  12. NealinCA
    Joined: Dec 12, 2001
    Posts: 2,881


    Oh, that's cool. And yea, I got to do some grinding and polishing too...


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  13. langy
    Joined: Apr 27, 2006
    Posts: 5,735

    Member Emeritus

    Great job, i've done a few in the past and it sure is a lot of work but worth it when you see the final product.
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  14. brigrat
    Joined: Nov 9, 2007
    Posts: 4,968

    from Wa.St.

    OK Harv, here's your chance to really shine if you have any elbow grease left in ya!

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  15. Toast
    Joined: Jan 6, 2007
    Posts: 3,885

    from Jenks, OK

    I love it, nice work!
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  16. jdownunder
    Joined: Aug 21, 2007
    Posts: 334


    mad skills
    i spent six weeks polishing stainless hand rails on a boat with a 9" straight shaft grinder
    i know how mind numbing that shit can be.great work
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  17. telecustom
    Joined: Feb 17, 2009
    Posts: 336

    from Langey, BC

    Man I gotta spend more time in the garage... Real nice work! Thanks for sharing.
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  18. HellsHotRods
    Joined: Jul 24, 2009
    Posts: 1,330


    You do nice work.

    I tend to think that you devalue an original '32 axle when you grind it all down. The original forging marks are what makes it pure and unique, standing apart from all the polished 1-800 axles out there. It's only original looking once.
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  19. rod1
    Joined: Jan 18, 2009
    Posts: 657


    Oh, yeah? I'll trade you two original heavy axles for anything close to this level of perfection.There are so many levels of polishing,and this one is out of the park.Thanks Harv for posting such a great how -to.I've done a lot of polishing over the years,and I feel your pain.
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  20. Tuck
    Joined: May 14, 2001
    Posts: 5,627

    Tech Editor
    from MINNESOTA
    1. Early Hemi Tech

    that turned out awesome-
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  21. Damn! Almost looks too good to the point it looks store bought like a SoCal axle :D
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  22. dirty old man
    Joined: Feb 2, 2008
    Posts: 8,401

    dirty old man

    Harv, I used to have a boat prop shop and did a lot of repair work on styainless steel props that had to be brought back to a mirror shine after repair. And yes, any waviness WILL SHOW UP when it's polished. Concave surfaces can be handled fairly easily with some patience and the right tools. But your work in those concave recesses is a wonder to behold!!!
    The question was asked earlier, but I never saw an answer, what filler rod do you use with your tig welder to fill pits and dents?
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  23. 3blapcam
    Joined: Jul 15, 2004
    Posts: 526

    from Austin, TX

    [QUOTEwhat filler rod do you use with your tig welder to fill pits and dents?[/QUOTE]

    I was curious what welder you were using. I guess you're tigging it?!

    Nice work! You're motivating me to make mine pretty! It was under a trailer at one point & had been welded on once already. It has some nasty scarification.

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  24. 117harv
    Joined: Nov 12, 2009
    Posts: 6,594


    Yes, TIG, just standard er70s-2 wire.
  25. 117harv
    Joined: Nov 12, 2009
    Posts: 6,594


    HPIM1406 (Small).JPG HPIM1405 (Small).JPG HPIM1497 (Small).JPG HPIM1496a (Small).JPG HPIM1411 (Small).JPG HPIM1503 (Small).JPG Here are pics of the other side recess, I would guess this was the front of the axle on whatever car or truck the it came from. There is heavy pitting, dents and gouges, I thought I would have to fill some of the bigger pits with weld, but they all sanded out with the flap wheel. I forgot to mention that I ran a flap wheel as shown to get the edges of the recess smoothed. The cross section drawing shows that I had to dig a small groove to remove all the pitting, A in pic, then B is sanded down to the same level as A.

    The first and 3rd pic and the second and 4th are before and afters...more to come.
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2015
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  26. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 26,408


    I still want to know how many hours are into this so far, really looks great. Bob
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  27. There are a group of guys on here that set the bar really high.
    I believe your membership to that is secure.
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2014
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  28. F-6Garagerat
    Joined: Apr 12, 2008
    Posts: 2,651


    Yeah Harv is a craftsman for sure. Sent him some radius rods that needed the angle changed about a year ago. Sent him dimensions and a crude drawing. He sent them back and right out of the box they fit perfect. Best part is you can't even tell they were modified.
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  29. Carbon maker
    Joined: Jan 17, 2008
    Posts: 35

    Carbon maker

    Hey Niel I am looking for a Essex box for my 1935 jelly Petillo Indy car build do you know any that might be available? Your work is so amazing. We want the Essex box because we want the car to be as clost to correct as possible. We will be using it to give students rides in for our youth program.
  30. bonesy
    Joined: Aug 14, 2005
    Posts: 2,999


    Great looking work. Wow.
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