View Full Version : Hi All!

02-05-2005, 02:40 AM
Just wanted to introduce myself-

Kudos on a great board- chock full of good info& helpful posts. I see there already is a 3Ph, hope there's no confusion.

I studied Aerospace & Mech Eng at U of Az for a bit, but that was a lifetime ago. Been involved w/ computers since CP/M Kaypro days & starting to get the hang of them! I make database-enabled web sites for a living.

I'm an avid woodworker- ran a CNC machine (Busellatto) for a cabinet shop for a while- I got bit by the CNC bug hard- natural fit for me- machines & computers. I also did their maintanace & got my 3-phase hands-on there. Wife got me a cnc router at home now- Align-Rite controlled by Flashcut running AutoCad 2005 >> SurfCam 97 >> Flashcut to get it done. Anyone got a POST for SurfCam 97>>FlashCut, by chance?

Metalworking, I've done some silversmithing, have a plasma cutter & Mig (some #$%# stole my stick welder), small Atlas lathe, coupla grinders, Oxy-Acetylene setup, drill press and my most-frequently used: a big hammer & vise-grips.

Cars: I've restored cars, built up a 350 Chevy and convinced it to go into a Toyota Land Cruiser. Most recently I converted my carbuerated jeep into closed-loop multi-port fuel injection- huge difference.

Besides a shop that isn't supposed to have a car in it... I'm looking for a Bridgport Boss to wedge into some nonexistant space. Anyone in Chicagoland have one they wouldn't miss? Anyone know which one I should try for? Or more importantly- which to avoid? I'd prefer to upgrade one w/ new controls myself. Currently eyeballing a Bridgeport Series I Boss XT CNC Knee Mill 1992- what's a fair price for a clean machine? I could buy it if i skipped paying income tax this year....

Looking forward to contributing to the board- been reading the heck out of it. If you need any vector logos or graphics (dxf), I've got a million- literally.


02-05-2005, 03:01 AM
Hey, welcome to the Workshop. Sounds like you have the same agenda as most folks here.

Bridgy Boss, yep, a couple of those here also. I have a Boss 5 with Ah-ha control and love it. Watch out fer David down south cause he also has a Bridgenstein, I say watch out cause he's got some good info.

Dave Opincarne
02-05-2005, 12:14 PM
Another cruiser head on the board! About time! Welcome to the nuthouse! I've got a '70 FJ40 in the driveway awaiting the 350 build and a NV4500.

Dave '70 FJ40, '88 FJ62

Spin Doctor
02-05-2005, 12:42 PM
Welcome to the zoo, just don't feed the aminals http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//rolleyes.gif

3 Phase Lightbulb
02-05-2005, 01:12 PM
Welcome 3Ph!

Funny you should mention the the Kaypro because I'm trying to get one off Ebay to add to my DR CP/M collection! I hacked into one running a homemade BBS a long time ago (before I knew what they were) and quickly got discovered by the SysOp who became a good friend. We later re-wrote his BBS and exchanged a lot of knowledge.


02-05-2005, 01:49 PM
welcome, I hope you can learn as much as I have the last week that I have been here

Matt in AK

02-05-2005, 06:53 PM
Welcome. We're in the same neighborhood.
If you don't mind BP clones there are two Lagun VS mills going at auction in Wood Dale
on the 10th.Even if you don't buy them ,you'll get a good idea of what these kind of mills are going for.
There is also an Auction of the Mitutoyo service center in Aurora on the 23 of Feb.
Virtually all of the tool room equipment is japanese.
If you're interested email me for the particulars.

02-05-2005, 06:58 PM
Welcome! Whaddaya think about the megasquirt EFI? Kinda been eyeing it for my Pancho...

Hoffman in Warner Robins Ga

02-05-2005, 07:20 PM
Welcome to the board. I would love some dxf files just for importing to FeatureCam and engraving, my only problem is I dont know what I want lol. Do you make the files yourself and if you do what do you use to make them. I wanted to make a clock that kind of looked like a fireball for the shop, but my attempts at making convincing flames were not very cool looking.

02-05-2005, 11:53 PM
Thanks for the warm welcome!

You all motivated me to go out and clean up my shop today- awesome weather here- 50's in Feb.

just to reply to a few ?'s you all posted:

I don't have a cruiser anymore http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//frown.gif Had a '59 and a '74 FJ-40 . Best 4x4 I've owned. Fell in love with them in South America- the only thing that would get us around the country.

FI: It was my first one, so I tried to make it easy on myself. I used all jeep parts as it's a jeep. If your doing a chevy, consider sticking w/ chevy stuff- from about 10 yrs ago would be ideal- less foo-foo security, etc. Closed loop has alot of sensors- Manifold abs pressure, oxy sensor, timing sensor, water temp, etc so computer knows what's going on. Anything too recent will have too much junk in it. Megasquirt would be the next one i'd like to try, tho.

Rusty- I'll email you about those auctions. The Mrs. will punch me in the head if I go to an auction like that....

DXF's: I dug up some flames for your clock. I'm going to make a new post for that, so everyone can get at 'em. I'll also explain the tools i use. Should be informative.

Kaypro: I used to work at a dealer in Az. for Kaypro. Lugables! They were ahead of their time, tho.

02-06-2005, 12:07 AM
Hi Threephase,

I've got a BP Series I Boss 5, and a 69' J3000 Truck w/PTO Winch project. So we have a lot in common. Welcome aboard.

I think you should pick a more unique moniker. I for one think it is too close to our other active contributor.


02-06-2005, 01:10 AM
'nuther '74 FJ-40 owner reporting in. Had it since new, don't drive it much anymore, but I've just been thinking of putting it on the road again for awhile. I'd like to do a fuel injection retrofit on it.

02-06-2005, 10:08 AM
Man, I thought I was the only






in this discussion group...happy to find out where all my 1960's friend went!!!

On a less serious note, here's a Boss that just sold for $1,500:


And here's one that just got listed, located about 125 miles from you:


Barry Milton

02-22-2005, 03:05 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by threephase.biz:
... I'm looking for a Bridgport Boss to wedge into some nonexistant space. Anyone in Chicagoland have one they wouldn't miss?


Might want to look at this:


John Stevenson
02-22-2005, 03:24 PM
Why do they fit the J series type swivel head on a CNC machine?

Never worked this one out.
Tilt the head and it holds the angle in one axis and plows an elliptical groove in the other.

Seems that they were only available in the US, all the licenced machines in the UK had the bigger fixed ram the same as this one.


John S.

02-22-2005, 03:46 PM
Been told this is for doing things like kingpins. Not sure what a kingpin is or what it does.

02-22-2005, 04:47 PM
King pins connect the spindles to the axel (front) on large trucks, and older light duty trucks and very old cars. The spindle rotates on the king pin held in the axel.


02-22-2005, 06:32 PM
Doug, being the inquisitive type I Googled "kingpin", thinking a quick search would produce a picture...no pic, but have an idea what it is.

John Stevenson
02-22-2005, 06:48 PM
A king pin is UK speak for what you call a swivel pin.

Even though I still don't see how having a swivel head on a CNC will help.
So OK you tilt the head then send the quill down under power into the angled hole, What happens when the table, not the tool does a circular interpolation ?

Now if you angled the work so the hole was vertical then you would have no problems but then you would'nt want a swivel head.

Another problem I can see is that you would be continually having to retram the head back in if you were doing some reasonable cutting.

Sorry not being pedantic but I can't see a reason for a machine without handwheels to have a swivel head.
I have seen many different designs on this principle and came to the conclusion they were either cutting corners or they were Friday afternoon machines http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

John S.

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