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About BillyBones

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    SW Ohio, just outside Dayton
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    Quiet evenings, long walks on the beach, poetry, catching snowflakes on my tongue, a nice cup of tea next to the fire place......Yeah right i am a guy. I love fast cars, beer, and killing small furry animals with my muzzle loader.
  1. Hey again yall, This guy has been coming around. I just call him Bobcat becuase as you can see he has no tail. Most lovable cat i have ever seen. And he is just a stray.
  2. It followed me home

    Hey yall, been a minute hope everyone is doing good. I too am dyslexic, takes me forever to type on this computer thing sometimes. Numbers and words switch places on me. Any way, sometimes it is good to be a mechanic, dug these out the scrap bin at work the other day: A couple timing pulleys, thinking belt grinder fro them. Some bearing races and wrist pins. A half shaft, some REALLY old taps and i mean like 1950's, transfer chain out of a TH125, old dodge ball joint, thinking hardy tool of some sort. But best is the 10# sledge and the hydraulic hoist. Thinking of mounting the hoist on a receiver for my truck. But that leads me to a story. The one on the left. My cousin blew it up a couple weeks ago. It was a TH350 that went in his drag car. I made a deal with him to come and build him a new trans. I was getting ready a couple weekends ago when he called me and said that his buddies truck quit moving and to come the next weekend and do both of them. Both ended up with bad cases. Solid aluminum. I figure i can trade the scrap guy down the street from me for some steel. Anyway i built 2 trans in the weekended and ended up with a little extra jingle. So i took that little jingle and i went and bought this: Yeah i provably paid to much, market price from what i can tell. It is a mouse hole, 1854 what i was told, stamped hm armatige and is 153#. Rings nice, great rebound. A little swayed and used but i think it has a lot of life left in it. I also cleaned out the bed of my truck. Well hope everyone is having a nice summer except for those in the south, hope the winter aint to cold.
  3. It followed me home

    No not all. The ones i have run into have been mostly luxury cars. I am just saying that if it is of unknown origin it is better safe than sorry before you cut one open. That run of the mill Chevy truck is most likely hollow, but it is hard to tell the difference between that and a Cadi shaft.
  4. It followed me home

    Drive shafts being hollow they are prone to harmonic noise. To dampen that noise they are sometimes filled with something, like Styrofoam. So if you plan to cut one use a saws-all and cut of one of the yokes off to see inside, before taking the cutting torch to it. Interesting fact, the yokes are welded on by spinning the shaft and the yoke in opposite directions. When enough heat builds up from friction they are "jammed together" and get what i have always called a "work weld" to hold them together. Oh for anyone who does not know the yoke is the ends with the 2 holes to mount the u-joint into.
  5. first forge weld

    Thats what i figured too, i was getting my chain jerked. But that i have found the technique it is coming, not to say easy, but not to difficult. Thanks for all the help yall.
  6. Ok...... so i know this aint no big deal to yall old timers but i would like to share my experience. So the lessons i have learned. 1) take your time, let the metal heat slowly. 2) dont force it, let the hammer fall lightly and try and not rebound it. Press the metal together i guess you could say. 3) flux aint glue. this i already knew but ya dont need a lot is my point. A good sprinkle will do 4) hot flux burns but 15 minutes in the slag tank takes the burn out. (had a chunk hit my hand, no blister 24 hours later. soak it in that water) I do have one question. Another guy i know told me to put a light coat of PB'laster on my anvil before i started. Well i tried it thinking that even if it dont help, oil dont hurt steel, and since my anvil is in a rust prone area it definitely aint gonna hurt none. Just wonderin if anyone else has heard of this and why would it work better. I am thinking it has something to do with what ever it is in PB'laster that eats away rust on things, and rust being oxidation which is bad for welding. But anyway dont know if it actually helped or i was just finally successful. So on to the pictures, but first its been a minute since i been on and just hope everyone is alright and keeping at it. The first is a side view on my knee, the second i tried to get a pic of the cross section but thats the best i could get. Like i said no biggie to many of yall but its a new level for me, kind of proud of myself.
  7. It followed me home

    Use a sheet of plywood. The wood will support the jack and make it much easier to roll the tranny under the car. I been working on trannies for about 15 years, 30 years "professional" mechanic. Which leads me too this. Recently we replaced two of or lifts at work. We took out the old in ground and replaced with above ground electric. I scored these today. They are the arms that would go under the car to raise them off the ground. A total of 8 of them. Here is 2, they are all the same. (the things on to the drum) I would guess at least 75# each. I still need a decent "anvil" and i am thinking one turned on its side would work well, what to do with the others, listen to the old lady gripe about them laying about.
  8. He is 8 yr old. Best dog i ever owned. Listens to every word i say and smart as all get out. Coco is a very pretty dog also.
  9. Question about lining.

    First thanks for the replies and my apologies. I forgot to hit that notify button at the bottom, so it took me some time to get back. Sundays are kind of busy for me. I am pretty active with my church so my time is taken. Sometimes i get an hour or 2 before Mass but thats about it. So onwards, Wayne, i shall look you up. Iron dragon, yup, looks like the way to go. Frosty, I did try and look up the MSDS and what i found was like i said almost identical. My real question was about the weight issue which i didnot find much in the threads. So i asked. Mikey, k28 brick. If i cant afford or get what i want i will keep that in mind. Tim, thanks. Very informative. Thomas, i have not been to a SOFA thing. their last one i could have eve possibly been able to attend was Jan. 3rd. Which right after the holidays was blown out. Their next one is the 14th, i am going to try but that night will be up to the old lady. 27th is looking good though. I am also trying to make the time to make one of their blacksmithing 101 classes. Finances are preventing that however. Thanks again for all the help guys.
  10. Thoughts, critiques, and the like

    The box is just hard fire brick. Like i said i built it before i had any real knowledge on doing these things. It is a lining of just fireplace cement. Yep completely off mark. I just figured in my head at just under 400 Cu." but after i actually crunched the numbers it came out to 364.5. Ironically almost the same size of my engines. My welds, well i am kind of self conscious about my work. My profession demands attention to detail ,and i just really do not like showing a bad job when i know i can do much, much better. But sometimes i will just throw something together to help get a game plane together. Thanks for all the input and kind words of encouragement.
  11. Question about lining.

    So i need to build a proper gas forge. As anyone who has seen my other inquiry knows. I am about to get my lining and have a couple questions. First i was looking for the Kaowool and what i can find is Max-wool. There data says it is basically the same. Has anyone had experience with this stuff? Second, they offer 2 different styles. one is 6 PCF and the other 8 PCF, (PCF- pounds per cubic foot) both are rated the same. Which is better and why would i pay for the heavier one when the lighter does the same job? Basically other than weight what is the difference? I am not a rich man and i am about to shell out $100 bucks for a roll and just want to make sure i dont just throw away money.
  12. Thoughts, critiques, and the like

    No idea how fast propane is burning. I have ran it about 3 hours total and from just the weight of carrying the tank in and out i would guess at least 3/4 left. Oh just a standard BBQ size tank. Also it has been in the upper 30's low 40's and i have had no freeze up. From what i know about running gas, i do not think it is running to fast. From my experience the faster it runs the faster you get freeze up. But i do not claim to be an expert on the subject. I need to invest in a gauge to let me know when i get low i guess. Frosty, ya made my day. Getting a thumbs up from you is a huge boost to my ego. No worries about spilling beer, i am a professional drinker. I tried to get pics with the burner installed and up to heat. From what i understand that all effects performance. I know it burns different in a vice on the bench than installed. It being winter the sunsets early and i have a day job so most of the time i am at the anvil at night right now. But today i did not have to work ad was able to get out at a decent time. so i got better pics. Just after lighting and just before coming to temp. Ad the burner itself. Again please dont pick on my box or my welds, not a good representation of my work.
  13. Great thread, yall should take this on the road. I laughed till i cried with yall and the blood and urine quench thing.
  14. Thoughts, critiques, and the like

    Ok first please do not pick on my box. It is what i had on hand to make it. Ok, it is something i was trying a while back ago when i was not so much informed. What i am looking for is burner critique. So, it is basically a Reil design. 3/4" tube 8' long with a flared end (can not remeber length, it is what his design said) The flare is how he suggested 1/8" wider that i did with a torch and a tube. Heated red hot and used a circular motion to spread. My only difference is a reducer for the bell to the 3/4 pipe is hard to find and i had to use a piece between. And my jet is an adjustable valve with a .030" orifice. The jet is set approx. 1/16" below opening of bell. The brick is 1 1/4" thick, burner set approx. 1/8' into brick. The box is just 8 hard bricks stacked. About 400 cubic. 2 on top 2 on bottom and one on each side, then 1 on each end. Oh its at around 9 psi running after heat up. Took about 10 mins to heat those bricks to red. Tried a piece of 52100 and in 5 mins was able to move it like butter. All right, let me have it. How stupid am i? Where am i an idiot at? Give me your worst, my skin is thick i can take it. I tried to get pic of flame, but just way to bright to come out.
  15. I stuck the socket on it to show how i used it as a slide hammer. It was for removing the front pump out of a transmission. You do not need a lot of force just a few good taps. This is how my mind works though, adapt, improvise, and overcome.I did exagerate a bit more like 8 or maybe 10 inches longer. That is a head bolt from a Mazda i think.