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    Default So I took my machine shop into the woods…

    Hi Everyone,

    This is what I used as my shop while building our homestead in the mountains of West Virginia 20 years ago.



    I had to plan carefully so that the machines went in only once. First came the 16 inch South Bend lathe


    Then a Hardinge ESM spit bed turret lathe, an Elgin horizontal mill, a Burke horizontal mill (not pictured) & then this Bridgeport ended up angled across from the service door so long items would stick out the door while I worked on them.



    Finally there were 2 work benches, a TIG welder & oxy/acet. equipment. The compressor had to sit outside on a couple of shoring timbers.

    All a tight fit, but it worked.

    More photos here: http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/sho...39202&page=145

    & here: http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/sho...39202&page=146
    Last edited by jhe.1973; 08-24-2017 at 10:33 PM.
    Best wishes to ya’ll.

    Sincerely,

    Jim

    "To invent you need a good imagination and a pile of junk" - Thomas Edison

    "I've always wanted to get a job as a procrastinator but I keep putting off going out to find one so I guess I'll never realize my life's dream. Frustrating!" - Me

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    Stunning!!

    What is the truck? Looks useful.

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    Hi Alan,

    The truck was a 1952 Dodge M37 which was the military version of Dodge's Power Wagon.

    It was rated for 1 ton on road & 3/4 ton off road.

    Very, very useful.

    Wish I could have brought it to Arizona w/me.
    Best wishes to ya’ll.

    Sincerely,

    Jim

    "To invent you need a good imagination and a pile of junk" - Thomas Edison

    "I've always wanted to get a job as a procrastinator but I keep putting off going out to find one so I guess I'll never realize my life's dream. Frustrating!" - Me

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    Very nice "shop" and I really like the method of leveling the floor. Reminds me of home.

    Also very nice Power Wagon btw. Its one of those vehicles on my "to own someday" list.
    "I am, and ever will be, a white-socks, pocket-protector, nerdy engineer -- born under the second law of thermodynamics, steeped in the steam tables, in love with free-body diagrams, transformed by Laplace, and propelled by compressible flow."

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    I have a friend with one of those. It's a beast.

    Nice job on the "move" BTW.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jhe.1973
    Hi Alan,

    The truck was a 1952 Dodge M37 which was the military version of Dodge's Power Wagon.

    It was rated for 1 ton on road & 3/4 ton off road.
    The US Army was still using them from 1963 -1966. We just called them 3/4 ton's but I never made the connection to the Dodge Power Wagon.

    Chris

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    your shop can be anything in the world solong as you have fun !so have funAlistair
    Please excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris S.
    The US Army was still using them from 1963 -1966. We just called them 3/4 ton's but I never made the connection to the Dodge Power Wagon.

    Chris
    I'm pretty sure that Dodge supplied the military with these into the early 70s.

    Here are some photos to compare the civilian version Power Wagon to the M37.

    I found the old logging truck in a junkyard as is & I needed a shim for the front of the trailer, so it was useful even w/no engine.





    Best wishes to ya’ll.

    Sincerely,

    Jim

    "To invent you need a good imagination and a pile of junk" - Thomas Edison

    "I've always wanted to get a job as a procrastinator but I keep putting off going out to find one so I guess I'll never realize my life's dream. Frustrating!" - Me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alistair Hosie
    your shop can be anything in the world solong as you have fun !so have fun Alistair
    Thanks Alistair,

    We did enjoy ourselves & I deeply miss the rural life we were working towards.

    It wasn’t all fun though. Plenty of setbacks such as this one w/my other M37. This one had been in better shape than the yellow one until I rolled it over the edge of the state road & down about 300 feet.



    It took a week of scouting & clearing to get enough access to it. Top view is as I was starting to upright it. Bottom is just about back on its wheels. This was by hand w/come-alongs & chains.



    Next views are halfway up. My yellow one was chained to a tree at the top & all the rest was winch work.



    A well deserved rest, moments from victory. The red one is just out of sight on the right & ready to return to a level road.



    I’m particularly pleased with our kids (Angela 9yrs. Jesse 11yrs.) for staying w/us for 11 straight hours! Because the red one was out of view when we started they relayed hand signals to me at the top, from my wife at the bottom. Lots & lots of stop & go & hiking up & down. But, we functioned as a team.

    It was years before they discovered video games. By then they had developed a work ethic that it seems is hard to find these days.
    Last edited by jhe.1973; 10-04-2011 at 07:56 PM.
    Best wishes to ya’ll.

    Sincerely,

    Jim

    "To invent you need a good imagination and a pile of junk" - Thomas Edison

    "I've always wanted to get a job as a procrastinator but I keep putting off going out to find one so I guess I'll never realize my life's dream. Frustrating!" - Me

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    Quote Originally Posted by justanengineer
    Very nice "shop" and I really like the method of leveling the floor. Reminds me of home.

    Also very nice Power Wagon btw. Its one of those vehicles on my "to own someday" list.
    Where's home?
    Best wishes to ya’ll.

    Sincerely,

    Jim

    "To invent you need a good imagination and a pile of junk" - Thomas Edison

    "I've always wanted to get a job as a procrastinator but I keep putting off going out to find one so I guess I'll never realize my life's dream. Frustrating!" - Me

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