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Joel Worley

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  1. The crank plate and pulley are mounted and everything put back together. Things are still a little tight, so i will have to do some more scraping on the bearings. I opted to mount the pulley on the back of the hammer instead of the original center position. Due to the low ceiling in my shop, the motor will have to be mounted near the floor. Also, it will be a lot easier to take the drive belt off or replace it with the rear mounted pulley.


  2. A few pine shims on the sides to keep the shaft centered. We put a piece of refractory wool on the shaft to protect the ratchet strap from the torch while preheating the shaft. Not pictured is the step of leveling an truing up the shaft to the face of the hammer and sooting the shaft.

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    Just after the pour. Filled up good.


    Now to trim the excess the babbitt.


    A good full pour.


    The shims are in place for the proper spacing of the cap. 


    The caps are in place and the gaps are plugged off with clay.


  3. The spring came from the spring shop a full three inches wide. To make it match the original, I had to trim it down to 2 1/4" at the eyes. Doing this myself rather than paying the spring shop to do it saved me $90.


    The key ways are cut in the shaft and ready to go.


    Since the pulley was a little wobbled out, I had it bored, sleeved and a key way broached in with an extra set bolt on the opposite side. I don't think I will have any problems with it spinning on the shaft.


  4. Hey Judson Yaggy, any chance you could get me some detailed measurements of the spring? Length of each leaf, distance center of eye to center of eye, width, belly depth and any other measurement you can think of. The guy that I asked to get the measurements for me is buried with orders and can't break loose to go to his friends shop to get them right away. Also it would be very helpful to get dimensions from more than one source. The spring shop that will be making the spring needs the best drawing and as many measurements that I can come up with. It would be much appreciated. Thanks.

  5. After a some consideration, I think it would be best to move the original pulley to the rear of the hammer, relocate the idler pulley and mount the motor near the floor as on the E- models. This decision is mostly due to the fact that I have a low ceiling in my shop and the spot I am planning to put the hammer is even more limited on head room as it sits between the tracks of two over head doors. If I mount the motor or even a jack shaft above the hammer, it will have to sit tight between the tracks, limiting even further how I can position the hammer. Since I am making a new shaft it won't be a big deal to set it up with the pulley on the back. Does anyone have this set up on their Champion? If so I'd love to hear some thoughts on motor mounting options. 

  6. Today I got the crank plate and pulley off of the shaft. It was no easy task. The shaft was from a Little Giant and was slightly smaller than the original and someone had attempted to weld the pulley in place and had peened the end to hold the crank plate in place. At last the LG parts are not a part of the Champion Hammer. The pulley has a very old break on the hub and a small chunk missing from the flange but I think it can still be used. 





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