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About theycallmefix

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    Charleston ill
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    I fix broken stuff. I'm a fixer.


  • Location
    Charleston Illinois
  • Interests
    I build stuff when I get bored. I'm bored a lot.
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    Currently a graduate assistant at Eastern Illinois University. I will be teaching 09/10 semester.
  1. That is amazing. Thanks for sharing.
  2. I started with sheet metal, mostly for cars. Heat works well for stretching, forming and shrinking. It's not that big a jump to thicker metal, especially if you need a couple of door handles for a 46 Ford pickup. I started with an oxy acetylene torch and a bench vise, but found an anvil, forge and some coal eventually.
  3. I have a hammer about this size that I bought at a flea market. I've used it for small rivets, working sheet metal (mine has a nice round ball, that makes nice smooth dents) I've even used it for engraving. I have a dedicated engraving hammer, but on cold chisels without handles the tiny ball peen works great. It also works great for driving out pins that don't require a lot of persuasion. The problem I had with mine was making a new handle for it. I couldn't find a handle for it anywhere. Once the handle thing was overcome, I ended up really liking the hammer. I'm sure you'll find lots of uses for it.
  4. That round thing is a boring bar holder, and it works pretty well. I'll be keeping it for the Atlas, but I need to make a new bottom, as it wont fit into the smaller t slot on the Atlas. The swing on the lathe is pretty large. I'd have to measure again to be completely accurate (I'm not near the lathe at the moment) but it's something weird like 13 1/2 inches if I recall correctly. I have the actual measurements at home, but not with me. I'll see if I can get them up. The lathe could still use bearings, as it makes a bit of noise when spinning, but all in all, it's pretty cool to see it running.
  5. Around here they go for about $25. I looked at buying one just to use for making some tooling, but I probably wouldn't have time to actually get around to it anyway.
  6. Anyone ever made anything out of a broken crowbar? I need to make a lightning rod for a Ben Franklin exhibit for the local library, and all I have that fits the bill is a broken crow bar. I spent a few hours hammering on it today, and have it roughed out. Started by hammering it square, then drew it out to about 1/2 inch. My problems are: This stuff is tough. I had to switch to a bigger hammer, and now my arm is a little bigger than it was before. (No I don't have a power hammer, but I'd accept donations.) I can't seem to get it to weld. I finally gave up and decided on just lapping the ends of the ring on the bottom of the lightning rod with no weld. I assume that the steel was a little hard to begin with, especially since I managed to break the crowbar in the first place, but I expected it to get easier to work as I worked it. I'm going to get it done, eventually, but it's taken about twice as long as I expected. I might have been better off just buying some 3/4 square stock. So is this just a particularly hard chunk of steel, or are crowbars always this hard to work?
  7. Update on the old crusty lathe. It isn't as crusty now, and I will be selling it. I just bought an Atlas. I did get the lathe working. Believe it or not I talked to the guy I bought it from and he mentioned that he had the original motor for it. He never brought the motor because it was so heavy, and it had been rained on in the shed. I bought the motor from him, complete with the friction plate that matches the lathe. The motor had been rained on, but it wasn't rusty. I poured the water out, added some oil and let it set for a few days. I plugged it in with fingers crossed and it spun perfectly, it even has a reversing switch. The motor alone weighs sixty pounds. So, now the lathe works (It needs a new friction wheel, and I never got around to fixing the handles) but I don't have room for both. I thought that since you all were so nice and free with the advice, I would mention that the lathe would be up for sale here first. I added a face plate to the lathe, and did turn several parts on it, but the gears and feed on the Atlas are just so much better. I can get up top date pictures if anyone is interested. And I found a ton of information about the maker from the patent information. It is a very cool lathe. It's just too big to keep. Thanks for the info, I paid $40 for the lathe $30 for the motor and a bit more for some extra bits to go with he lathe, but I completely feel like it was money well spent, I've learned a lot just by playing with this thing.
  8. I sharpen them by hand, as I can't get the sharpeners to work very well. If you are just learning to sharpen by hand get the finest wheel you can find (it takes longer to cut, so you don't mess up so fast) It also helps if you can slow the grinder down. For the tiny bits, I actually use a Dremel tool locked in a vise. The speed is more adjustable, and the stones come in several grits.
  9. I put a little persuasion into that chuck (brass hammer) and it didn't turn, but it did come loose from the spindle. I then put it in a vise where I put a little more persuasion into it and managed to get it apart so I could clean it up. This is gonna sound funny to a lot of you guys, but i panicked a bit for a moment. When I reassembled the chuck it didn't close up all the way. One jaw was always one tooth out. I figured out that they have to go back in the right order, and now everything is just fine. Now, where to find a motor, pulley, and one of those nifty tool transmissions. I'm very close to being $40 dollars worth of amused with this purchase, which is good since it looks like I'll need to buy more parts for it. Fix
  10. ptree: I did actually get some boring bars that fit into that turret tool rest, so I'm pretty sure your right about that part. I think you might be right about the bushing part as well. Which is funny, because part of the reason I wanted it was to turn some bushings for an old Indian engine I have (when you can't buy the parts, you just have to look into making them). I intend to use it as a lathe. I know the accuracy won't be up to par with one of the new models, but I'm not expecting to do anything that requires that kind of accuracy anyway. I already have some practice projects lined up for it once I get it spinning again. A lot of the handles are broken on the lathe, and I figure I might as well practice by making new ones. It would also give me a chance to see how well it's going to work before I invest a bunch of money and time in it. Not that simply being amused with more rusty stuff is not a good investment. Fix
  11. Funny you mention that. The first thing all of my friends asked when they saw it in my truck was, "what is it?" and "what does it do?". I would have thought that a lathe was easily identifiable, but I was wrong. I guess no one fixes anything now days. So tools become a mystery to them. I'll try looking up the patent. If that fails I'll look into some of the lathe groups. Thanks Fix
  12. Interesting idea. There is another flea market in a week or so, perhaps I will get lucky and find a machine trans this time. I'll already be looking for a tool post anyway. I've attached some pictures of the attachment it had installed when I got it. It's basically a large threaded rod with a foot at the bottom. The only thing I can think is that it might have held a spool of wire or something. The round hand nut near the top spins down as if it might have controlled tension or something. I've tried a web search and can't find anything on this lathe or even on the company. I would really like to know more about it. Are there any other sources I could look into? Sorry about the quality of the pics. I took them with my cell phone.
  13. Oh, and that thing on the other end of the spindle, is a set of gears. I assume it was for an RPM gauge. It's very similar to an old RPM gauge you might find on an older car transmission, or on a tractor. I'm thinking of attaching an old motorcycle RPM gauge to it just to see how close it comes (plus it would look pretty neat).
  14. I was considering a step pulley, right about where that wheel is. That's a large shat though, and I'd probably have to do some customizing. I was also wondering about a variable speed motor and just a flat, or v belt pulley. I got the ways all cleaned up with some steel wool, but I still cant get the chuck to come loose. The part you see in the chuck is a 15/16 socket and adapter (I have no idea why) and it came out of the chuck with very little persuasion, but as of yet the chuck is still frozen solid. I'm thinking of trying a little heat. Is there anything in the chuck that can't stand the heat of a propane torch? The little tool post elevations are interesting, and there are two of them, one on each side of center. When you turn the handle to adjust one the other moves as well. One way brings both closer and the other way spreads them apart. The back one had what I can only explain as an old model A jack post in it (including the bumper foot). I'll try to get pictures of it if you're interested. Do you think that a standard tool post will fit? It only came with the little turret looking thing (for cutting inside things I'm guessing since I have some tools that fit into it), but I will have to put a tool post on it eventually. At any rate, It's kept me amused for about half a day so far. A few more days and I will have gotten my money's worth.
  15. let me first admit that I know nothing about lathes. I found this one at a flea market for $40 bucks and it was rusted up solid. A few minutes with some PB blaster and it broke loose and started turning. The bed even came pretty clean (mostly surface rust). I need a tool post for it, and I need to work out some kind of motor attachment (new pulley for the head), it also will probably need new bearings, but It will probably get me along well enough to determine whether I will actually use a lathe in my shop or not. If it works and I use it I will likely replace it with a newer one. The patent date on it is 1921 and it is an Elmco (electric machine corporation out of Indianapolis Indiana). It appears to be some kind of automotive lathe. I'd be interested in any info you guys can give me on this thing. I figure that If it even amuses me for a few weekends it will be worth the $40 bucks I paid for it. I'm interested in what the original drive would have looked like. The hand wheel on the side of the head would have adjusted the speed by moving the rubber wheel inside. I'm picturing a drive plate that ran against this wheel similar to an old Snapper lawn mower, but sure would like to see one all together and working. Thanks Fix