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Re: Alley Cat 151

Postby m3a1 » August 10th, 2014, 8:05 am

Thanks Hillbilly. You're the MAN. I was tinkering in the waning light of the day so I couldn't see down in there very well.

Perhaps I ought to get off my back side and get out to the blast cabinet rather than sitting in here doing nothing.
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Re: Alley Cat 151

Postby rickf » August 10th, 2014, 8:40 am

Judging from the level of detail I have seen so far in your work on the pedals and switch box I think the hot rod scene would be right down your ally. :mrgreen: I know what you mean about the protection issues though. I want to use it after I build it. These are a lot easier to touch up.
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Re: Alley Cat 151

Postby rickf » August 10th, 2014, 8:42 am

Under the gas tank there is a hole about 1"? in diameter right under the drain plug of the tank. The drain plug actually hangs down through it.
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Re: Alley Cat 151

Postby m3a1 » August 10th, 2014, 2:22 pm

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Re: Alley Cat 151

Postby m3a1 » August 10th, 2014, 2:29 pm

Lazy Sunday….not!

It's nasty under there - time for a tidy up..

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Re: Alley Cat 151

Postby m3a1 » August 10th, 2014, 2:30 pm

This needs to be sorted out -

From this -

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To this -

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Re: Alley Cat 151

Postby m3a1 » August 10th, 2014, 2:32 pm

Thrust washer from parking brake drum -

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Installed cut washers as a temp replacement until another thrust washer is found.

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Re: Alley Cat 151

Postby m3a1 » August 10th, 2014, 2:33 pm

My daughter came outside and asked if she could help.

Bless her heart, she does lovely work!

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Re: Alley Cat 151

Postby m3a1 » August 10th, 2014, 5:21 pm

rick - yeah there was a hole alright….big enough to put my Fred Flintsones through!

But yes, I'm quite sure before the rust there was a hole there, as there are holes in the battery box for drainage.

So as you all can see, I've spent most of the day on a stupid little thing like the parking brake. Parts are worn, yet serviceable. And now they're at least in much better condition than yesterday.

As for the quality of my work, that's just as a result of muddling along, doing what can be done at little or no expense…and making these bits as good as they can be. I have a bad habit of starting things and then getting distrac… SQUIRREL! :lol:

Have some big ticket items coming up such as having the gas tank renewed and coated in PVC and the wiring harness... *sigh*….so, what can be made better with the expenditure of time and labor, will be dealt with in that way until I'm back within my budget.
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Re: Alley Cat 151

Postby m3a1 » August 11th, 2014, 4:00 pm

Renewed parts back on the truck!

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And what's this tab with a little hole for? Looks like maybe a spring anchor point?

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Alley Cat 151

Postby Horst » August 12th, 2014, 12:02 am

Correct. There is a spring missing and you should get it otherwise the brake band will not correctly adjust.
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Re: Alley Cat 151

Postby m3a1 » August 21st, 2014, 3:42 pm

Made my own sheet metal bender today out of scrap steel I had laying around.

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Bottle jacks press the angle iron down into the other piece of angle iron and this works like a charm on better than the 11 gauge I'm working with at the moment so my 11 gauge will present no problems for this tool.

Since the pieces I need to form to make my fuel tank well require only one bend each I am able to lay the whole thing under the front axle of my M109 and put the bottle jacks against that. This doesn't produce nice sharp 90 degree bends but it does do a fairly tight radius 90 which is what I'm looking for on two of the three pieces I'm constructing.
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Re: Alley Cat 151

Postby rickf » August 21st, 2014, 7:06 pm

Nice ingenuity, I would ad some straps across the angle on top to keep it from spreading from the force of the jack on the edges of the angle.
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Re: Alley Cat 151

Postby m3a1 » August 21st, 2014, 8:07 pm

Thanks for the compliment and the suggestion. Yes, I considered that spreading issue and may yet add those pieces. What I really want is a more suitable place for the bottle jack to sit as the cast base of the jack barely spans the angle iron so that would serve both purposes. I may also create an insert for the lower bit so that I can create a sharper bend.

Bottom line is, this home-made tool cost ZERO dollars, rather than the $85/hr the metal shop was going to charge and while I don't want to see the guys in the metal shop go hungry, that money can be better spent elsewhere on the project.
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Re: Alley Cat 151

Postby whiterabbit » August 21st, 2014, 9:48 pm

The best tools are the ones that don't empty your wallet.
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