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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

Onward ;)

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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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