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08-25-2009, 04:28 PM

Milling Around


Bridgeport On The Bridge

Stripped down and ready to move.

Rollin, rollin, rollin.

The hard bit, getting it over the sill.

Take it to the bridge.

08-25-2009, 04:29 PM
End of the pier show.

Being ballast.

All done, no casualties.

In fact it all went very easily, we just took our time and planned every move.

Many thanks to my friend Roy (the larger chap) for the essential help.

08-25-2009, 06:17 PM
You did good Paul.
Moving a heavy machine always goes much better when you have a well thought out game plan. Making the machine as light as possible is always the first step, building the bridge is an essential step in your situation, as is a large strong friend.:D

Thanks for the pics, those wishing to move iron can learn from those if they stop to analyze what is going on.
The big factor is to stop and think!
You've only got one shot at it,(unless you have deep pockets) may as well take your time and do it with both eyes open.

Nice roomy shop too by the way, we'll see what's left of the floor space this time next year.:D

08-25-2009, 06:25 PM
I have to say your home, what little we see of it is beautiful. my goodness that place is very nice.

Any Milling machine would be proud to have such a nice home.

08-25-2009, 06:29 PM
all that beautiful wood, just begging to be coated with machining oiil and stuff.

beautiful walls. wish i had them myself. . . .

08-25-2009, 06:48 PM
whoa... Alistairs brother !! :D

soon as i seen the brickwalls and the argoshield, knew i was in the uk ..lol

Hope you have many happy hours on that machine .

all the best.markj

John Stevenson
08-26-2009, 03:55 AM
Not to mention the big plugs and sockets on the ring main :rolleyes:


08-26-2009, 04:26 AM
Not to also mention that it says so in the location. :rolleyes:

08-26-2009, 09:45 AM
Green Paint?

08-26-2009, 10:42 AM
Nice roomy shop too by the way, we'll see what's left of the floor space this time next year.:D
Actually I think it's going to be pretty roomy even then.

The main workshop/garrage is approx 12 foot wide, opening out to about 19 feet and is 36 foot long. The narrow part contains six motorcycles, a motorcycle bench, compressor, MIG, and very old TIG gear. The wider part has (had!) the BP clone, press, Harrison L5, Pillar drill, workbench, storage shelves, modern TIG, Van Dieman RF79 Formula Ford, and general detritus.

Despite all this there was just about enough room and the main reason for building the new workshop is to get away from the condensation. It only takes a sudden rise in temperature after a cold spell to have water dripping off the mill. Air coming in under the main folding doors sometimes makes the first 6 feet of concrete soaking wet.

The new workshop is about 12 by 17 foot and sits on a concrete block strip foundation. The steel re-inforced concrete slab sits on 2 inches of insulation with a 1 inch upstand around the edge to avoid a cold shunt. The walls are 45mm (approx. 1.75") thick pine and the roof will eventually have 2" of insulation on top (warm roof construction). It's a space that can be kept warm enough to work in year round, dry and clean. The main workshop can then be used for 'dirty' work, welding, grinding, etc. Initially the only machines will be the mill, the Harrison L5 and the pillar drill. There will of course be a work bench and storage cabinets and shelves.

I'd originally intended to house a Clarkson Mk1 and a small cylindrical grinder in the new workshop, but I've ended up buying a superb and very well priced Myford MG12 and it's just fractionally too large to fit safely through the door. The plan now is to house all the grinding equipment on the 'dirty' side in the old workshop, possibly building a partitioned off area to deal with the condensation problem.

Alistair Hosie
08-26-2009, 10:52 AM
well done everything looks good my Brother have a great deal of fun don't forget machining has to also be about fun sometimes.Alistair

08-26-2009, 01:14 PM
Actually I think it's going to be pretty roomy even then.

Paul your shop reminds me a lot of mine.
I have an old shop that I've been in since 1978. It is 16' x 20' and has served me well, it has all my welding and grinding equipment, hand tools, as well fridge, wood stove, computer, stereo...I call it the mood lounge.

About 2001 I built the new shop, along with a two foot hallway to connect the two. Like your shop it is the "clean room", reserved for machining and final assembly of projects. It's bright, nice concrete floor, and at 22' x 33' it had all the room I could use.
I have tried to be diligent in keeping out anything that is not needed in there, but time takes it's toll.
They say "if you bend...you break", well I guess I'm a broken man because I need more room!

Anyway nice looking shop Paul I'm sure you'll have a lot of enjoyment there. Show us a pic in five years...prove to the rest of us mere mortals that it can be done.:D

08-27-2009, 05:35 PM
The Harrison L5 made its way accross today. No photos this time, it all went too fast!

It's getting a really good clean and I've got the motor apart to pull out the Star point and re-connect it in Delta to run as 240vac off an inverter.

John Stevenson
08-27-2009, 06:01 PM
If I had to work in there I'd get agrophobia. :o


08-27-2009, 08:36 PM
It's moving day and everyone is smiling,what were you guys drinking?:D

08-28-2009, 05:49 AM
It's moving day and everyone is smiling,what were you guys drinking?:D

In Roy's case, industrial quantaties of instant coffee. In mine, the occasional cup of tea (NATO -2).

Really, it wasn't hard work. The hardest part was actually moving the turret and ram. Whilst the table could be carried between two people, the turret was too heavy, so it made its way to the doorway on a little trolley. Whilst Roy was making himself yet another coffee, I eased the turret onto the sill and then accross the bridge on a couple of 2 by 4's about 1/2" at a time untill it could be picked up with a crane.

Now if you want a difficult moving job; http://www.powercubes.com/listers_4.html

Only a few pictures were taken becuase everyone was involved in the moving. The engine was rolled on its flywheels up timbers layed on the steep set of steps. It kept trying to pull my car down the gravel driveway.

08-28-2009, 11:23 PM
i like that bridge and engine hoist idea. i have a plan that some day may require me to do the same, only i'd need a bridge and hoist that could lift 4500 pounds. :(

andy b.

09-03-2009, 07:49 AM
Isn't it annoying when one job turns into several.

I stripped quite a lot off the Harrison L5, just to avoid any chance of damage during the move and this revealed just how much dirt and swarf there was hidden, so things came apart a bit more and so on.....

With everything apart, it became obvious how much paint was blown with nasty slime beneath, so the loose bits cam off to be patched, but then I found that the bed no longer sealed to the chip tray....

Now it looks as if I'm painting the whole machine.

John Stevenson
09-07-2009, 11:16 AM
Your motor is ready for collection.