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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 11:33 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 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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    jhe.1973.... Man alive! M-37s, K-models, machine tools, homesteading.... WOW! I'm glad you're on this board, great stuff! Thanks for posting.

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    Cool............... It too bad you live on the side of a cliff you need to find some flat land.

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    Wow jim I am envious of your big heavy timbers on the wagon some of that looks like nice big lumber I would love to turn some peieces of those. Anyway go for it.I had an elderly friend he is dead now he dreamed of having a shop for years his son bought just such a place ,but as he said going into his eighties it all come too late for me. Have a great life buddy and get yourself busy enjoying life. Work work work killed my father as well as cigarrettes he died a year older than I am now at 61. Alistair
    Please excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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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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