02-05-2005, 06:13 PM
Travling through north Georgia and Knew this had to be "THE MAN'S" back yard and couldn't resist snapping a photo for everyone's viewing pleasure. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//wink.gif

John Stevenson
02-05-2005, 06:36 PM
Certainly some shiny bits in there http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

John S.

02-05-2005, 06:39 PM
Photo is a hoax! Butch is missing. No Dog, no David. I think you actually have a picture of my neighbor's back yard in upstate NY. Snow is missing but everything else looks the same.

02-05-2005, 07:41 PM
I don't care who's it is...I want it!!! Bet if I dug around in there I would find a little horizontal mill....or enough junk to build one! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif (Yes..I'm still on the horizontal mill kick...LOL!)

02-05-2005, 11:06 PM

02-05-2005, 11:30 PM
Oh, that's his back yard. I've only been to the front. JRouche



02-06-2005, 12:09 AM
One mans trash is another mans treasure.

Everything is a diamond in the rough.

One thing about David though, he finishes some of HIS projects.

One phrase we should all remember before dragging another item home is:
"you can't polish a turd"

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02-06-2005, 10:15 AM
I was wondering why my ears were burning. I thought it was the hard work I have been doing.

You should see the motorcycle shop. We have about 6,000 feet of used 2x2 x 14ga tubing, a YUGO, several butt-ugly jap cars. I kept saying, only classics. My partners get confused. The one good car we had there got stolen and is in impound.

Inside? $150k in materiels, items everyone wants scattered around in stuff that needs to be in a landfill. I retrieved a 16" rear wide tire axle rusted stuck to the adjusters. THE INdex 3hp cnc table has a corvette door panel on its table . I almost cried.

I kept saying, no more junk at my place. Then I brought home some "free" Ibeams and posts. The A-frame and 26' ibeam was just another thing. I am putting it up outside.

I pray I'll live long enough to put them up and use them. Hope "good fortune and good junk" gathers at your place too. (just wait, I am modifying the dodge wrecker with a gin pole to put them up)


Lew Hartswick
02-06-2005, 11:00 AM
One phrase we should all remember before dragging another item home is:
"you can't polish a turd"

Oh Yes you can, but it's still Sh**
Thats the way I heard it.

02-06-2005, 12:09 PM
Yeah but its SHINY s+++

Spin Doctor
02-06-2005, 12:11 PM
No way. It is far too neat and organized http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//tongue.gif

02-06-2005, 12:38 PM
I have a friend who is leasing a yard that was used when building the Pipeline in 1975-78, there is an old scrap pile in one corner, sometimes he will let me dig through it, the old tires make it a pain to get to the good stuff but that hasnt stoped me so far, but untill now I havent had a lathe which limited what I could use so we will see what this summer will hold, maby I need more land 5 acres for the cars (54 and counting) and five for the metal scrap lol

Matt in AK

02-06-2005, 01:07 PM
I guess that why we all develop our skills. Somewhere along the line we realise that the difference between something that is still good, and something in someones junk pile is just a burned out fuse, or a broken weld or even a little paint or dirt. Greasy parts are tossed all the time when all they need is a seal. One of the projects that is starting to get on my list is a hydraulic log splitter. Electric hydraulic pumps are very pricy. I'd love to spot a greasy one in a junk pile for this project. On an aside, I saw Jay Leno's shop on TV the other day and he has some kind of sonic degreaser that he loves. And it uses ordinary soap. I wonder if Jay has any grease under his fingernails?

I think a lot of people would be surprised how many products are stored outside while being manufactured and get rusty before being painted and shipped to the store. Of course those probably don't stay nice long but they start out looking like junk before becoming products.
It is satisfying make a piece of junk useful again. I love it.

02-06-2005, 01:37 PM
What's this Jay-Leno program
is it the jay-leno-show ..or is it something else ..I would like to see it.
please give me the title to the show or tv programe that shows Jay in his shop .
all the best..mark

02-06-2005, 01:59 PM
they showed his shop on eather American Chopper or a car building show the other day on Descovery channel

Matt in AK

02-06-2005, 02:25 PM
Yep, that was it on the Chopper show and I'll tell you that Jay has a lot of cool stuff and a HUGE shop.

Jay has them building a new bike patterned after a real cool antique motorcycle Jay has. Should be pretty neat. I hope it turns out.

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02-06-2005, 03:47 PM
Spence, I saw one or two hyster hyd pumps in the shop. About 1" ports, about twenty or so pounds each. No motor, I have a ingersol rand power pack, reserve, pump, motor base I am bringing home for next years projects. Putting the noisy crap outside. Going to plumb in schedule 80 pipes for pressure and 40 for the return.


02-06-2005, 04:07 PM
Right the one were they built a replica of an old vincent with a harley ....seen that one .....
thought for a min that the guy had is own car-show .
all the best...mark

02-06-2005, 11:47 PM
Thanks to the EPA, there's an awesome junk yard being crushed out at Meddybemps, Maine. Eastern Surplus had decades worth of old military/government stuff, ranging from machine tools to paint (the real stuff... alkyd enamel with lead). A few years ago, my buddy and I filled a box truck with Vidmar cabinets for $75.00 a piece. The place is a super-fund site now, with all sorts of government parasites in protective gear wandering wide-eyed around the place. My aforementioned friend and I always speculated that should one of our wives ever leave us, we'd be looking to hook up with the owner's daughter... http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//wink.gif BTW... if you want to see how much BS is generated once the feds get their claws into you, go to any search engine and type in "eastern surplus meddybemps".

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