John in Oly, WA

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  1. I second everyone's sentiments - what a horrible nightmare of a situation. I'll also second George's advice - talk to a lawyer, if anyone can come up with ideas to help you with this problem, it would be a lawyer. It would be money well spent. Especially if you find one who has an introductory meeting is free policy - some do that, and you could get an idea of what can be done and where you stand.
  2. Well, that's a start anyway. And it's got you thinking in a bit more detail as to what you need. Just don't be discouraged, a lot of projects start out this way.
  3. Best thing might be to slow down, do a bit of research to figure out what you need a press to do and what size cylinder/motor/pump combination will do it. That press in Westport for $250 may have a 14" throw, but the cylinder diameter doesn't look like much and the motor looks small, plus to work for a forge press, it would have to be reconfigured and that's gonna take some work. Also depends on what... means. What kind of engine, what's wrong with it? Is it easy to fix? Hydraulics - is just the cylinder bad, or are the hoses, valve and pump all shot? Is the I-beam rusted out or is it structurally solid? And how much money are you willing to put into this project? It's not a small project building a forge press, but it can be done.
  4. Been a year and nine months - this is 2019. Probably got it all figured out.
  5. Look up the TW-90 belt grinder and the surface grinder accessory for it. That might give you some ideas you could work from.
  6. If the top of your burner has a threaded rod centered on it, then that top disk (large washer presumably with a nut welded to it) should be spun open a lot. Then try firing it up. As Latticino has already advised - Open the ball valve all the way. Control the gas flow with the knob on the regulator.
  7. B_Hoss, that looks like quite a feast of BBQ. Nothing like smoking and BBQing for yourself. Beats nearly anything you can get from a restaurant. Of course I say that from a Washington state point of view. Now if I lived in Texas, there'd be a bunch of great BBQ joints I'd have to try. Being in Washington, I smoke a lot of salmon. Also BBQ pork butts and ribs and the occasional brisket. For smoking, I use an old freezer I converted. For BBQing, I use Weber Smokey Mountain cookers. Just BBQed a couple of pork butts, some racks of ribs and a brisket for my Mom's birthday weekend before last. Tasty stuff!
  8. What MC Hammer said! I love the historical perspective - perspeculative. If that anvil could talk, the stories she could tell.
  9. And then in the comments section, he says he used a belt grinder to flatten out the top of his anvil. I can't stand these "I don't know how to do this, but here's my 'How-To' video on it" YouTube idiots. Worse are the ones who copy another YouTube video idiot to post the same schlock.
  10. It almost looks like a torch cut that's been filled in. But that could just be my imagination.
  11. Beautiful work Creekside! Love the grain patterns in the boards.
  12. Maybe they lost their "9" somewhere in the shop and used a "b" upside down. Then later found the "9" die again. LOL Is that a sideways T in front of the weight number? If so, my roughly thrown together records show your anvil may have been made by a fellow named "Doggie" Taylor.
  13. Wouldn't that be an ABT? You guys are making me hungry. But in my world, an ABT is an Atomic Buffalo xxxx - half a jalapeno filled with a cream cheese mixture, topped with a big piece of pulled pork, wrapped in bacon and BBQed/grilled until the bacon is crispy.
  14. I can see that, but fuzziness and made of metal? How do you resolve that without ending up with spikey, pokey? I was just focused on the eyes and that black line that looks like a mouth. So much expression there. Now if you could find some of those twisted wire, plastic bristle brushes - kind of like a narrow bottle brush or the little brush on the spark plug gapping tool for the legs.