It just amazes me the fabrication and precision you guys get with regular laymen tools. It inspires me to try the same thing with the jumbo sprockets. I like the use of an alternator case, I might have to scour the pick a part and do the same.
indeed. and thank your for the compliment . any help i can be just let me know, id love to start a little payback for what ive got from here in ES already. you may still wanna wait to see whather or not im wasting my time or not yet but so far its been fun AND i just did the math . even after getting the auto repair shop to do the rewind @ $50 im still easy under $100 so im gonna go get brand new spakedy bearings for this thing , a whopping $12 canadian and that will put me over 100 by 3.80
. got the alternator for free so that helped , when your out looking for one id suggest telling them you want one thats NFG already . and use that term . in slavage yards NFG is well known as No F#%*king Good. it will help you get a low price.
Now with that said i will tell you ive been cutting and shaping material for the better part of 25 years . lots of little things can and will affect the outcome of your time spent. best advice i can give is ask questions when your going to do something you haven't tried yet . i still do .this place is a great start.
i should warn you that quite often to build something the cost of tools if you dont have them already will almost always cost more than just purchasing existing product. Of course the up side is if you take the DIY route and commit to buying the tools you CAN often make repeat copys and turn an expense into a possible break even or better. With the added bonus of knowing who to talk to for replacement parts at cost
for what ive done so far a guy would need at least a small benchtop drill press and a hydralic press and the simple hand tools youve seen (the air tools and grinder ive used could be done with a chainsaw file and flat bastard file , just take longer and give you bigger arms) . gimmie a bit and ill edit in some photos of the diy press i got with a 10ton jack , complete getto but its done alot of work for what it is. cost is the same as it would take you to get an alternator shaft re&re'd at a shop. and again your left with the ability to rebuild a roasted motor.
here we go . this is just the stuff in the garage here at home so i figured these would be good to share . the grinder dolly on wheels i had to chuck in . for anyone working in a tight space this is a great little bit to have. i can wheel it outside when i dont want to make a mess inside and the grinder comes off with 2 bolts making it a nice little trolly for small jobs around the house.
that aluminium dust and shavings get everywhere and unlike the wood dust im used to are a pain to clean . that fresh pile you see behind the press is from what ive started today . will share soon
M.E.N.S ex pres and charter member.