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#101 dc-65x

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 05:22 PM

With it being Christmas time and all I've acquired 4 new toys :) . Unfortunately I was dissatisfied with 3 of them and sent them packing today :angry: . Here's the one keeper:

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It's one powerful blaster! I was thinking I'd have to spend a fortune on a Silent Air compressor for my hobby room as normal compressors are too loud for me inside the house. Then I stumbled on this thing. I didn't expect much but for only $40 delivered I thought I'd give it a try. Here's where I bought it from:

B&H Photo

The first time I hit the "go" button it shot off that black reducer on the nozzle end (I didn't have it pushed on tight enough). It shot across the room and hit my waste basket and knocked it over :shok: . Yeah, this thing will do!

Here's the manufacturer's web site:

Metro Vacuum

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Posted 22 December 2009 - 07:17 AM

Here is a toy I built for when I retire. I've used it a few times at swap meets .

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Posted 22 December 2009 - 07:57 AM

Hey Joe...I had a banana-seated Stingray that I used for my paper route in Queens when I was a kid. Unfortunately, mine didn't have the shock absorber front end which everybody knows was the coolest of all rides! To make up for it, I replaced the rear tire with a slick and would sometimes "motorize" mine by attaching either balloons or baseball cards to the front forks :laugh2: Thanks for the memories!

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Posted 22 December 2009 - 07:59 AM

thats one bad-aZZ bike!!!!!!! love the wheelie bars
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Posted 22 December 2009 - 09:37 AM

Hey Joe...I had a banana-seated Stingray that I used for my paper route in Queens when I was a kid. Unfortunately, mine didn't have the shock absorber front end which everybody knows was the coolest of all rides! To make up for it, I replaced the rear tire with a slick and would sometimes "motorize" mine by attaching either balloons or baseball cards to the front forks :laugh2: Thanks for the memories!

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Hey John ?

Did your Stingray have the 3 speed shifter with a 8 ball on it ? Mine did and came with the wide slick / Kind of a goldish metal-flake paint. oh the memories. It was a cool ride for a kid at the time. My brother had the 5-speed black & silver version- non slick though. Unfortunately there were sold when we went to Collage..the parents didn't think we would want them :shok: holey crap :o Joe's cycle is a keeper :clapping:

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Posted 22 December 2009 - 11:10 AM

Cool bike Joe :) . I like 3 peddles even better than two ;) . This is my "Bone Head" Mustang that I'm building to peddle around in when I retire. I've got some more "Billet" junk under the Christmas tree for the interior.

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Posted 22 December 2009 - 12:46 PM

Rick...

Glad you aren't retiring out this way. That thing wouldn't have made it ten feet in this past weekend's snow storm. :D

It's purdy!

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Posted 22 December 2009 - 04:00 PM

Thanks Noose. That's my sunny day toy. Even my Yoda would have been in trouble in THAT storm :shok: !

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I don't know where this Cali Boy will end up retiring too. My brother ended up in Montana....talk about snow! YIKES

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Posted 22 December 2009 - 05:38 PM

Hey John ?

Did your Stingray have the 3 speed shifter with a 8 ball on it ? Mine did and came with the wide slick / Kind of a goldish metal-flake paint. oh the memories. It was a cool ride for a kid at the time. My brother had the 5-speed black & silver version- non slick though. Unfortunately there were sold when we went to Collage..the parents didn't think we would want them :shok: holey crap :o Joe's cycle is a keeper :clapping:

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Hey, Dont laugh guys. Have you seen what those old stingrays are bringing at swap meets??
I had the one with the shifter too !! Mine was metalflake green, with the fat slick rear tire.
Oooh what I would give to have it today :rolleyes:

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Posted 23 December 2009 - 06:27 AM

Hi Ray and Victor,

No shifter on mine (also green), but my friend Louie had one converted to 10 speeds! His had the front suspension too and was the envy of the whole neighborhood. I know it's not politically correct(...or any other kind of correct...)but he used to try and run over rats with his when we rode to the Throggs Neck Bridge. Louie was...well...different :blink: Afterwards when we had built up an appetite from all that activity, we'd finish up with some Carvel ice cream...mmmmm!

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Posted 23 December 2009 - 06:57 AM

John, if those were "wharf rats" like I saw in the Bronx at a Yankees' game, then they were almost as big as Louis! :laugh2: :laugh2:

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Posted 23 December 2009 - 07:11 AM

Bill,

I don't know what actual species they were...we just called them NYC water rats. Some of them were as big as a small house cat, and when cornered they would actually attack. They were all over the place around the big concrete pier-type things that supported the bridge and all the rocks at low tide. As an aside, my friend Don out here had a large snake he used to feed rats to every so often (the snake didn't eat often...but he at big!). One time he stuck a rat in there and woke the next day to find the rat had killed and partially eaten the snake. We all laughed that he had messed up and had mistakenly put a New York City rat in there, big and with a really bad attitude :laugh2:

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Posted 23 December 2009 - 09:03 AM

Afterwards when we had built up an appetite from all that activity, we'd finish up with some Carvel ice cream...mmmmm!

-john

Wow, Carvel ice cream! Now that brings back some great memories. Remember Mr. Softie and Bungalow Bar?

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Posted 11 January 2010 - 05:38 PM

Hi Rick....

HELP..... What is on page 5 of your last post regarding toys for retirement ?????? I can not get it to load and I really need to see the Items you didn't want for your retirement toys..... I think all your new toys are great and I am going to copy your choices asap....

Did you say in a previous post that you had purchased the Micro Mark power nibbler and didn't think much of it? Why, if I may ask.... I was going to order one for myself, along with the #83418 Proxon heavy duty miter/chop saw.... I think you have the #15218 unit that you used to cut the brass cross plate for your beautiful recreation of my chassis.... I have been drooling over the #83418 Proxon heavy duty miter/chop saw ever since I saw it in the catalog that I recieved just before Christms....

I was also looking at the #84446 engraver to use for writing stupid things on the bottom of my chassis... If I ever get around to building any new ones....LOL.... I have a Dremel vibrating engraver but that is not as neat as this pen type engraver... I used to use my regular dremil tool with a small carbide engraver tip to write on my chassis in "them olden days..."
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Posted 11 January 2010 - 06:04 PM

Hi Bob,

I think the Slotblog site had a small problem a while ago. Try loading Page 5 again. It has the small Micro-Mark chop saw and a before and after of some mag front wheels that I hit with the micro blaster. It worked slick.

The power nibbler was really aggressive and cut fast. It tended to jump around on me and was hard to control. They said I could try it BRIEFLY and return it if I didn't like it, which I did. Also the instructions said 1/16" brass had to be annealed before the nibbler was used which is kind of a bummer. I'm just more comfortable with a band saw I guess.

I also tried their Chinese copy of a Whitney hole punch. I punched a 1/4" hole in some 1/32" brass sheet. It distorted the sheet quite a bit. I sent it back too. I'm going to bite the bullet and get a real one.

I hope you do start building again Bob...you and Tony P both back at it again....COOL :) .

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Posted 12 January 2010 - 06:13 PM

I was also looking at the #84446 engraver to use for writing stupid things on the bottom of my chassis... If I ever get around to building any new ones....LOL.... I have a Dremel vibrating engraver but that is not as neat as this pen type engraver... I used to use my regular dremil tool with a small carbide engraver tip to write on my chassis in "them olden days..."

Hi Bob, Barney Poynor (Team Cort) had a similar looking engraver from Harbor Freight the other day at the Checkpoint Cup race. Here's the link: Harbor Freight engraver

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 07:22 PM

It's been a while since my last toy...you see, I goofed. I tried to save $40 by buying this gauss meter:

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It's got a non-detachable probe which is a pain. The probe is also a bendable little weenie of a thing that makes using it also a pain:

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Now this is all just my opinion and if you have one of these and like it more power to you. I sent my back. With a 20% restocking fee and paying shipping and insurance both ways I lost over $80 :blink: .

I now have this Wrightway gauss meter with a detachable rigid probe.........

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............and a neato secondary probe built into the housing:

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It seems very accurate too. This is a Versatec magnet that an industry professional Zapped and recorded the gauss reading on using industrial strength equipment. His methodology is to take a reading 1/3 of the way in along the magnets length on both ends and average the two readings. You can see the Wrightway got almost exactly the same reading:

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Here's the reading with the magnet centered over the sensor:

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Here's a Champion Blue Dot magnet:

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Now for something completely different :) .....a Pittman DC-65X. Hmmmm, where to probe this sucker :shok: :laugh2:. Maybe here :unsure: :

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...........or how about here :blink: :

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Any Pittman Probologists out there with any tips :) ?

Ownard..........

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Posted 03 February 2010 - 06:55 PM

With it being Christmas time and all I've acquired 4 new toys :) . Unfortunately I was dissatisfied with 3 of them and sent them packing today :angry: . Here's the one keeper:

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It's one powerful blaster! I was thinking I'd have to spend a fortune on a Silent Air compressor for my hobby room as normal compressors are too loud for me inside the house. Then I stumbled on this thing. I didn't expect much but for only $40 delivered I thought I'd give it a try. Here's where I bought it from:

B&H Photo

The first time I hit the "go" button it shot off that black reducer on the nozzle end (I didn't have it pushed on tight enough). It shot across the room and hit my waste basket and knocked it over :shok: . Yeah, this thing will do!

Here's the manufacturer's web site:

Metro Vacuum

Onward ;)




Rick, I just got a package from B&H Photo and after I tore it opened and ignored the instructions I chose my laptop keyboard as my first test subject. Here are my findings:


HOLY CRAP!

My keys were dancing like there was a ghost at the helm! Awesome "tool." Thanks for the heads up!!
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Posted 03 February 2010 - 07:42 PM

It's been a while since my last toy...you see, I goofed. I tried to save $40 by buying this gauss meter:

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It's got a non-detachable probe which is a pain. The probe is also a bendable little weenie of a thing that makes using it also a pain:

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Now this is all just my opinion and if you have one of these and like it more power to you. I sent my back. With a 20% restocking fee and paying shipping and insurance both ways I lost over $80 :blink: .

I now have this Wrightway gauss meter with a detachable rigid probe.........

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............and a neato secondary probe built into the housing:

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It seems very accurate too. This is a Versatec magnet that an industry professional Zapped and recorded the gauss reading on using industrial strength equipment. His methodology is to take a reading 1/3 of the way in along the magnets length on both ends and average the two readings. You can see the Wrightway got almost exactly the same reading:

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Here's the reading with the magnet centered over the sensor:

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Here's a Champion Blue Dot magnet:

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Now for something completely different :) .....a Pittman DC-65X. Hmmmm, where to probe this sucker :shok: :laugh2: . Maybe here :unsure: :

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...........or how about here :blink: :

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Any Pittman Probologists out there with any tips :) ?

Ownard..........



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I,ve got the same unit from Les :D I love it !!!! I got mine a few months ago,and use it all the time. WrightWay makes a good quality product. I also have his power supply and love that too !! As the old saying goes, you get what you pay for. And trust me, Im as cheep as they come. :laugh2: :laugh2:
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Posted 03 February 2010 - 10:01 PM

That's great Ted. I'm glad you like it too. It's an amazing hand held tool!

Hi Victor, I'm really pleased with my Wright Way gauss meter too. It's a nice piece indeed.

I just opened up another box from Micro Mark. More tools to report on soon :) . And the "big dog" is on order.....oh my. It's something I have wanted since the 1960's :D .

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Posted 13 February 2010 - 06:18 PM

............And the "big dog" is on order.....oh my. It's something I have wanted since the 1960's :D


I got a call from my buddy Al of Hobbies Unlimited in San Leandro, CA. "Da Box" he ordered for me had arrived :shok: :D . Could it be the "Big Dog"! Oh HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY if it is........ childhood dream fulfilled after 40 years. Here's "Da Box":

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It's a real heavy sucker:

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Where's it from:

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Carlisle Slot Products! It is the "Big Dog"!

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The instructions:

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I know, I know I could have bought one of Rick's great air core Zappers at 1/3 the cost. But ever since I was a kid and saw that mysterious box that remagnetized motors behind the raceway counter I've wanted one. Life is short (and getting shorter!), retirement is coming (I HOPE!) so now seemed like the time to take the plunge ;) .

Looky what it can do. This is what I remember from back in the 60's. Just spin the two gizmos around:

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Or spin them the other way (slug omitted from picture because I forgot to buy some :blink: ):

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I'll be reporting on some before and after magnet zapping using this in the future:

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Posted 13 February 2010 - 08:38 PM

OK, it's real purdy but does it work :unsure: . Here's an old RAM motor that I removed and then replaced the magnet from the pole pieces:

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Into the Big Dog it goes..........ZAP!

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Here's an new old stock RAM 850 fresh out of the box:

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BEFORE

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ZAP!

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AFTER

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The last thing I tired was a pair of Mura Super-B magnets which gaused 565/592 . After a ZAP they read 691/685

IT WORKS!

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Posted 13 February 2010 - 10:34 PM

Rick what happens when you zap that beer? :laugh2: sorry could not help it. Sure looks like a nice piece!
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Posted 13 February 2010 - 10:39 PM

WOW Rick! That's a beautiful zapper. Works great too. I didn't know Carlisle still made them. Enjoy.

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Posted 14 February 2010 - 12:14 AM

Hey Ken,

I kept the beer out of the line of fire. It was shown for a size reference only.........well I was thirsty from lugging the 47 pound thing around too!

Don,

I feel like I'm free. I can work on the old motors and now they will run as good as they can......FINALLY :)

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Posted 14 February 2010 - 12:22 AM

WTG, Rick! Be happy!
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Posted 14 February 2010 - 01:50 PM

Hi

A lot of the reading will be a surface field from the overall motor that will bleed off quickly. As opposed to the actual "core" magnet strength.

Run it, then try it.

Since you are part of our little community, I don't know how many reading the blog have figured out we have his little "circle", have you thought about zapping motors for the group. I know Duffy will never, as an example, have room for the safe use of a zapper! But I am GIVING him some of this stuff as are you!

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Posted 14 February 2010 - 03:45 PM

Since you are part of our little community, I don't know how many reading the blog have figured out we have his little "circle", have you thought about zapping motors for the group.

Well, now that you've Outed us, how many poor lost souls d'you think will come sniffing around for membership?

And to you prospective PLS'--you do know the Groucho-ism about wanting to be in a club that would admit YOU?

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Posted 14 February 2010 - 03:53 PM

:blush:

I just wonder if its overkill or will it do rear earth too? How do the others from BOW to WRIGHTWAY compare?

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Posted 14 February 2010 - 04:13 PM

Hi Phil,

I just wonder if its overkill or will it do rear earth too?


I don't know about the rare earth zapping capability. As far as being overkill, this Carlisle unit is the only new one of its type made specifically for slots that I could find.

How do the others from BOW to WRIGHTWAY compare?


For me it's like comparing apples to oranges. I wanted an "old school" unit like I remember from the 60's not a modern air core job even if they are "better".

"You pays your money and you takes your choice." :)

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Posted 14 February 2010 - 04:28 PM

Rick...I think we're in sync here. ;) If I had the money and the space, I'd have bought the same thing :wub: I love my RGEO Magblaster, but for sheer versatility...industrial 'cohones" etc., I don't think there was really any other choice!

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Posted 14 February 2010 - 04:37 PM

Hi John,

Yup, I'd buy Rick's Magblaster too. I've just always wanted the old school kind so that's what I bought :) .

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Posted 14 February 2010 - 04:42 PM

Rick...I don't know about "old school". Looks more to me like you bought "mil spec" :) I foresee you spending a LOT of time just enjoying zapping every magnet you can get your hands on :good:

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Posted 14 February 2010 - 06:39 PM

I'm kinda wondering if we should send a few test samples to the CERN super particle accelerator. I mean, if a little zap's good, and more's better...Or, hey: do away with the magnets and go straight to the little black holes they're promising! Look, don't knock it 'til it's tried, right?
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Posted 28 March 2010 - 06:02 AM

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Is the mail late this month? This one of my favorite Topics. There is only 4 months 6 days left, i can`t miss month. HAPPY retirement
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Posted 28 March 2010 - 03:05 PM

Hi John,

I'm glad you're enjoying this thead, it's fun for me too. I'm also doing my part to help the economy right :unsure: :blink: :D .

OK, so here's what Mr. Postman borught me this month:
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It's a Micro Mark Precision Press converted to a tapping fixture. It taps holes perfectly perpendicular to the work piece. That's really important with flat head screws. If a flat head is even a little off from square it looks like grunt. Here's the link to the press.....

Micro Mark Precision Press

..........and the taping fixture conversion:

Tapping Fixture Conversion

Yes, it's over priced but it's a nice piece and I didn't have to spending "slot car building time" to make my own. Here it is in simulated action ( I don't tap end bells in assembled motors :laugh2: ):

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Next we have a neato micro screw holder-starter for No.0 thru No.2 screws:

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Here it's holding a No.0 flat head screw for the Champion end bell. This thing is a bargain and a real time saver for those of us with fat fingers:

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The link to Micro Mark:

Micro Mark Screw-Starter

Lastly the one that broke the bank this month. A collet set for my Sherline mini lathe complete with handy dandy wood case:

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Now I can precision ream my Sonic 2mm pinion gears to fit Pittman, Kemtron, Ram, etc motors :). Here's the link:

Sherline Deluxe Collet Set

Yes, this thing is REALLY overpriced but it's of very high quality. Anyway, that's my story and I'm sticking to it :laugh2: .

Until next month.........

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Posted 28 March 2010 - 04:06 PM

OK, it's real purdy but does it work Posted Image . Here's an old RAM motor that I removed and then replaced the magnet from the pole pieces:

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Into the Big Dog it goes..........ZAP!

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Here's an new old stock RAM 850 fresh out of the box:

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BEFORE

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ZAP!

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AFTER

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The last thing I tired was a pair of Mura Super-B magnets which gaused 565/592 . After a ZAP they read 691/685

IT WORKS!

Hello Rick, I just got the same zapper. Some folks say you can Zap sealed motors. What do you think?
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Posted 28 March 2010 - 04:56 PM

Hello Rick, I just got the same zapper. Some folks say you can Zap sealed motors. What do you think?


I don't know John so I tried it with the only "mouse motor" I have. Here's the before reading:

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Into the "Big Dog" it goes............ZAP!

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It now reads............

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Is the Big Dog working :shok: . So I try zapping some 40+ year old Champion ARCO's:

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The before reading..........

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...........and after the ZAP:

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Well, that worked OK. Then I remembered that Falcon was one of these from PCH:

Zapped Falcon from PCH Parts Express

So its already been zapped by PCH, for better or worse. So much for that test. I don't have another modern sealed motor to try Zapping. Do you have a digital gauss meter to do a test with?

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Posted 28 March 2010 - 05:00 PM

Yes I do Rick. Ive had a Parma rotator can and mags that were 600 before and 680 after...not bad. I hace an old pro slot. I guess its time to play with.

Stay Tuned Rick.

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 02:14 AM

Hi Rick,

That Micro Mark Press is a really nice piece! I want one!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing. Having discussed a pinion press in another thread - I'll bet this would work great for a pinion press!!

Rodney informed me that I had missed you the one Sunday I was there. Hope to see you at the track sometime soon! I always find your cars "incredible"!!.

Thanks,

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Posted 21 May 2010 - 09:13 AM

My next toy is really cheap but invaluable to a vintage nut like me. I emailed a well known source for upgrading Hudy tire grinders and told him I what I was after. I want to be able to grind tires from diameters less than .750” to at least as large as 1.250” and anywhere in between. He replied that I must be mistaken and I should call him. I decided that this isn’t rocket science and set about to fix the problem myself.

But, what’s the heck is this junk for?

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The 2 screws on the left are off my stock Hudy tire grinder. On the right are two 4 X 0.7mm X 40mm long screws, two plastic knobs and a thumb nut from McMaster Carr. In the middle I’ve modified the screws by threading and cutting to length for my own conversion of the Hudy. That shiny silver thumb nut allow me to lock the setting so there is no chance of it changing during grinding:

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That is an 1.250” diameter tire in the machine to show it fits with room to spare.

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Onward :)
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Posted 21 May 2010 - 10:36 AM

Well done Rick! Your workmanship is always pristine!!
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Posted 09 July 2010 - 06:46 PM

That's pure genius! :D
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Posted 10 September 2010 - 09:29 PM

I've been slack'n :shok: ! Time to start tool'n up again :D .

OK, here's some new stuff:

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The bull's eye level is no big deal but what's the other junk :unsure: . Them's be genuine Class X .060" inspection gage pins. They are straight as an arrow and have a surface finish of 4 micro inches...that's 4 millionth of an inch :shok: . So the pins be smooth so an armature can roll real nice in a static balancer like this vintage Tradeshipe one:

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I Duffied the grooves for the pins to sit in nice and parallel with Mr. Milling Machine. I also cut an extra set of pin grooves for shorter armatures. The result is a...........

TEAM PITTMAN BALANCER:

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Well, it may not really be Team Pittman....but it's a pretty cool toy!

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 09:58 PM

I bought one of those Tradeship units a couple years ago.... still haven't used it yet. :laugh2: Gotta get one o' them bulls-eye levels still. Already got some 25-guage arm wire... need a spool of 28 or 29... someday. Da Sano comes first.
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Posted 10 September 2010 - 10:23 PM

Rick, if you will please try this test on the Falcon motor.

1. put it in the Big Dog the wrong way and hit it.

2. take the new reading.

3. then put in the correct way and see if you can bring them back to the original reading.

4. I wager not, and it may ruin the motor, so be prepared to throw it away.
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Posted 11 September 2010 - 02:07 AM

WOW! This thread is like Christmas.:wub:
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Posted 27 October 2010 - 08:15 PM

I was thinking I'd have to spend a fortune on a Silent Air compressor for my hobby room as normal compressors are too loud for me inside the house.

Forget that, just get the biggest tank you can find, and hook up a Fridge compressor to it.

They are dead silent, and, best of all, they're FFFRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.

Takes about two hours to pump up my 60 gallon tank, but, using all normal hobby tools etc, it's pretty rare if I have to pump it more than once a day.

When pressure casting, I get about 8 to ten pot fulls before I have to pump up again. 4 pot loads a day is about my limit anyway.

The lack of noise is just great, and, did I mention, they're FFFRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.

I've been using the same compressor for over 30 years now. Get the biggest one
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Posted 23 November 2010 - 09:37 PM

Now, Rikky's equipped well enough to never need the likes of this little gadget, but the thread was handy
& sorta-related, and it needed a bump up anyway.

Mopar Rob & I were talking about this the other day--for those moments when I just have one bit to get
square and don't want to fire up the Warner & Swasey #4 Turret Lathe, it's my handy-dandy mini miter block.

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This is just a brass bar, dadoed to hold the steel file-carrier, and with an assortment of notches and steps
to hold rod, tube, or plate square to the filing surface.

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Works dead-easy, just swipeswipeswipeswipe and there's your workpiece, chockful of rich caramel squareness.
Maybe a few more swipes to work a piece down to a dimension, but at least at my bench it's pretty convenient.

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 09:14 AM

Great idea! Sometimes the simpliest ideas are the best and this certianly falls into that catagory. Thanks for sharing it. Anymore simple, but good ones out there?





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