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    Spending money I don't have

    Well I just had this dropped off today. Was made available from the guy I do work for on the side, and I couldn't pass it up. 11x36, 2hp, variable speed. Should do most anything I need to do for this auto stuff.

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    and I bought this a couple of months ago, it's almost paid off.

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    Now I just have to buy a panelboard, breakers, wire, etc. and get them wired up. More money I don't have.
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    1981 Camaro Berlinetta, V-6, 3spd
    1974 Chevy/GMC Truck, '90 TBI 350, '7427, TH350, NP203, 6" lift, 35s

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    Very cool!

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    and you can build those hybrid distributors with those 2 pieces of equiptment! Actually just ths lathe, but with the millport you can make injector holes in an intake for MPFI !

    I've been thinking of getting a sheetmetal brake to make ECM brackets, like in attached PDF...
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    At least you spent the money on things that are useful, and could be used to make money. Excellent purchases!

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    Well the mill is finally paid off along with 2/3 of the lathe, I got them wired up, and making chips, well the mill is. I had to buy a vise for the mill, and I still need to get a hold down set for it, and a toolpost and tools for the lathe, and collets, and .........soon though.
    1978 Camaro Type LT, 383, Dual TBI, '7427, 4L80E
    1981 Camaro Z-28 Clone, T-Tops, 350/TH350
    1981 Camaro Berlinetta, V-6, 3spd
    1974 Chevy/GMC Truck, '90 TBI 350, '7427, TH350, NP203, 6" lift, 35s

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    If you follow some links from URL below there are some pretty cool setups for tool stands on mill and lathe. Along with a lot of other cool stuff!
    http://www.homemadetools.net/

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    i really need to convince the wife that a CNC mill at home is an investment, not just a toy. :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobertISaar View Post
    i really need to convince the wife that a CNC mill at home is an investment, not just a toy. :D
    I don't know? Billet Aluminum seems to be a man thing, now if you can figure out how to CNC some girl stuff you may have a chance!

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    Nice! I wish I had a mill, and lathe, and a shop to put them in! Oh the jeep and gun parts I could have made over the years, and all the stuff I could make now too....lol
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    Well today was a good day. Last night I went out at around 10PM, and leveled the lathe, took off the back gear cover and made a few adjustments to the geartrain, tweaked the gibs and ways, and got the thing running sweet. Today, I went out to replace the wheel bearings on our '98 Grand Am, and found I need to do the brakes as well. It just so happens that the rotors just barely fit on the lathe. I got one mounted up, the tooling set up and put a nice finish on it. I had to make a trip to Pull and save to get a ABS plug bracket, and pads from Napa on the way, then I came home and turned the other rotor, replaced the tie rod ends, and took it for a drive. Not bad for half a day's work (12 hours).

    Bottom line.......I am very happy with this lathe so far.
    1978 Camaro Type LT, 383, Dual TBI, '7427, 4L80E
    1981 Camaro Z-28 Clone, T-Tops, 350/TH350
    1981 Camaro Berlinetta, V-6, 3spd
    1974 Chevy/GMC Truck, '90 TBI 350, '7427, TH350, NP203, 6" lift, 35s

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    Woo Hoo! I got a freind with a lathe!

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    so when are you going to start modifying intakes for injector bungs and fuel rails?
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    Well I was kind of thinking the first one I did was going to be my own so that I can take as long as I need to make some fixtures and jigs, and to get the process sorted out well. Then I could actually do others and maybe make a little money on them.
    I guess if someone wanted one done, I would do it, but it might take some time. I would need to get some more things to do it.....injector seat drill, Argon bottle for my Tig welder, make some injector blanks out of steel,

    I have been thinking of doing the paperwork to start a business, for the name I have been really liking "Benedict Machine and Fabrication" or BMF, hahaha. Or as my dad would call it Benedict Mechanic'n and Fix'n.
    1978 Camaro Type LT, 383, Dual TBI, '7427, 4L80E
    1981 Camaro Z-28 Clone, T-Tops, 350/TH350
    1981 Camaro Berlinetta, V-6, 3spd
    1974 Chevy/GMC Truck, '90 TBI 350, '7427, TH350, NP203, 6" lift, 35s

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregs78cam View Post
    Or as my dad would call it Benedict Mechanic'n and Fix'n.
    I like him already!

    Don't forget fuel rails will have to be part of each intake done to match!

    1990 Chevy Suburban 5.7L Auto ECM 1227747 $42!
    1998 Chevy Silverado 5.7L Vortec 0411 Swap to RoadRunner!
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    Well I decided to repower the lathe to get rid of the variable speed V-belt, as it was causing some vibrations. I ended up going with a VFD very similar to the one on the mill, and setting up 3 switches to select among 8 speeds of the motor, combined with direct/back gear I have 16 speeds easily selectable. It runs much smoother now.

    I have a project going now for a buddy, he has me building a Wakeboard tower for his 20' jet boat. So that necessitated buying a bottle for my Tig welder, and building a cooler for the new water cooled Flex-loc torch. Commercial tig coolers run anywhere from about $450-800. I think I have around $100 in mine including coolant($68), fittings, and PC power supply($15) to run the pump and fan(free) on the radiator(recycled drinking fountain evaporator)(free). Everything should be getting a nice workout tomorrow, as we hope to have the tower pretty well finished on my second day off in about 6 weeks.
    1978 Camaro Type LT, 383, Dual TBI, '7427, 4L80E
    1981 Camaro Z-28 Clone, T-Tops, 350/TH350
    1981 Camaro Berlinetta, V-6, 3spd
    1974 Chevy/GMC Truck, '90 TBI 350, '7427, TH350, NP203, 6" lift, 35s

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