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  • Air cleaner nuts for race cars.


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    • Today I went to pick up a 1/8" end mill ($ouch$) from a local industrial supplier and while I was there, while waiting for the lady behind the desk to dey it, I had a quick look through some stuff they had on display and lo and behold, they had a Starrett 827B edge finder so I bought it! After all this time owning a mill and just eyeballing a sb Chevy fuel pump push rod as it touched against the work edge or using a cheap wiggler style edge finder, I finally have the real thing. I tried it out on a hss lathe tool bit and it truly is the bees knees! I kick myself for not getting one sooner!
      Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

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      • Back in ‘74, I used to bring rims, spokes and people’s hubs home from the H-D shop I worked at and build wheels in front of the TV. I got $30 per build and could do one in 3/4 to 1.5 hours. That was insane money back then and I averaged 10 to 12 a week. I used an old swing arm as a truing stand and sharpened TIG rods as pointers. No dial indicators in my kit then.

        My great nephew did in the OEM orange rim at the skate park so I’m switching his bike over to the matching red double wall rims I got from Hong Kong for $16 each. I’m really impressed with the machined rim quality compared to the cheap stamped/rolled OEM. I had to buy a 2mm x .45 die from Wholesale Tool to extend the spoke threads which is the machining content of the post.



        Now I have to go in and do a 12hr overnight shift.
        Illigitimi non Carborundum 😎
        9X49 Birmingham Mill, Reid Model 2C Grinder, 13x40 ENCO GH Lathe, 6X18 Craftsman lathe, Sherline CNC mill, Eastwood TIG200 AC/DC and lots of stuff from 30+ years in the trade and 15.5 in refinery unit operations. Now retired. El Paso, TX

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        • I learned today that my Kia is actually a Hyundai. The A/C blower/integrated on/off switch died in the control panel. It is a proprietary switch so have to replace the entire panel. Kia wants $400 for the panel. Online junker wanted $200. The one I ordered was $50 and doesn't hook up. Ordered the $200 one today after getting this far...
          The stereo rotary encoders and buttons started to fail, so pulled that out. Putting in a Pioneer unit that has Android Auto and Apple equivalent, also a backup camera. Also discovered that I needed to order a special mounting kit, antenna adapter, and might as well a wiring harness so I don't cut up the original connectors.

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          • Kia and Hyundai are pretty much one and the same company. Kia is supposed to be the "sportier" of the two, but that's pretty much it.

            For the stereo install, check out Crutchfield, they do a really good job of putting all the pieces needed together in one bundle, such as the things you've mentioned needing. If you have steering wheel stereo controls you can get another little box that will allow you to connect the controls to the new stereo. I've done a couple, including a nice Pioneer with Nav and back up camera in our Outback (that was about 4 Christmases and b'days for my wife). It takes a while, especially making the wiring harness, but it's pretty straightforward. The back up camera will take a bit of time with feeding the wire through the car to the back (sedan or car with a hatch?), but that's also not too bad if you take your time.

            Give me a shout if you need any tips.

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            • Baking sourdough wheat bread for fist time ever. This actually started already 2 days ago when I started to feed the "mother dough" that I got from friends.
              Sourdough dark rye bread is common around here but sourdough wheat bread is lot more rarity.

              Breads are now in oven, made some mishaps in the beginning of the process but they have leavened really nicely in the oven and look good so far!
              Location: Helsinki, Finland, Europe

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              • Originally posted by mattthemuppet View Post
                Kia and Hyundai are pretty much one and the same company. Kia is supposed to be the "sportier" of the two, but that's pretty much it.

                For the stereo install, check out Crutchfield, they do a really good job of putting all the pieces needed together in one bundle, such as the things you've mentioned needing. If you have steering wheel stereo controls you can get another little box that will allow you to connect the controls to the new stereo. I've done a couple, including a nice Pioneer with Nav and back up camera in our Outback (that was about 4 Christmases and b'days for my wife). It takes a while, especially making the wiring harness, but it's pretty straightforward. The back up camera will take a bit of time with feeding the wire through the car to the back (sedan or car with a hatch?), but that's also not too bad if you take your time.

                Give me a shout if you need any tips.
                Installing this guy, didn't order the steering wheel control box, might add it in later. It accepts that fancy one that also hooks into the OBDI connector for advanced features. It's a minivan, yes, will take time to snake the wire. Today however I want to see if my 10EE fires up.

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                • Some success was had today with getting the gear box shaft apart... Finally got the stuck gears moving! I had to make my own expanders or spreaders from M8 bolts and coupling nuts that I turned down so they'd fit. Then I was able to spread some of the stuck gears apart and I can now see the key where it had sheared (2nd pic). Now to consider the next step...





                  All this work to shift them a lousy 15mm or so.

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                  • Originally posted by MattiJ View Post
                    Baking sourdough wheat bread for fist time ever. This actually started already 2 days ago when I started to feed the "mother dough" that I got from friends.
                    Sourdough dark rye bread is common around here but sourdough wheat bread is lot more rarity.

                    Breads are now in oven, made some mishaps in the beginning of the process but they have leavened really nicely in the oven and look good so far!
                    Not too bad for first try:


                    50/50 ordinary wheat and Spelt Wheat. Wifey and 6 year daughter have gone trough the large loaf already
                    Location: Helsinki, Finland, Europe

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                    • Looks like my wife's sour dough.

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                      • Spent a day making tooling (past 3 days actually), to make more tooling, just so I can make some parts. Seems I've been getting all the oddball jobs at work lately and they all fall just outside our normal work envelopes and available tooling. Fun times .

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                        • Started bending conduit, was going to get power into the RPC then my back decided to spasm out. At least I hope it is muscle related.

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                          • Originally posted by RB211 View Post
                            Installing this guy, didn't order the steering wheel control box, might add it in later. It accepts that fancy one that also hooks into the OBDI connector for advanced features. It's a minivan, yes, will take time to snake the wire. Today however I want to see if my 10EE fires up.

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                            that looks really similar to the one I installed - https://www.crutchfield.com/p_130520...C-5200NEX.html

                            works a treat, sounds good and means I have navigation when my wife and her smartphone aren't with me Installation took a couple of days. Natural light (or high CRI LEDs) is really helpful when making the harness as some of the wires can look similar under fluorescent lights. I put the mic up the drivers A pillar and tucked it behind the header. The back up camera went along the sill, into the trunk and up the D pillar then through the cable pass through into the hatch. Removing the trim is one of the time consuming parts. Good luck when you get to it, it'll be worth it!


                            Me - I fixed a leaking outdoor tap, then the leaking hose to carousel connection then the hose sprung a leak. Called it quits then

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                            • Originally posted by Dan Dubeau View Post
                              Spent a day making tooling (past 3 days actually), to make more tooling, just so I can make some parts. Seems I've been getting all the oddball jobs at work lately and they all fall just outside our normal work envelopes and available tooling. Fun times .
                              Welcome to the club Dan! This has been my entire (v.short) machining experience and lately my day job has had the same issue.
                              Sometimes it's difficult (when put on the spot) to come up with things you've made that aren't for the shop or for one of the machines or for making another tool.

                              RB211: I feel your pain - quite literally at the moment. No good reason for it either. Went to the beer festival and that helped (for the day) as they served liquid analgesic from many, many taps...and cans

                              No idea if that NEX you have suffers the same issue as mine (different model, same line) but I'll tell you in case you stumble across it. They (my model, at least) don't seem to like it when the voltage drops as you start the engine. The problem is that as soon as you turn the key, they get power and start coming on (I believe they restore from a static hibernation image - if that makes any sense) but when the engine cranks, the voltage drops and they through a strop. This means they sit there totally blank for a minute or two (you know, when you really want the reversing camera!) and then start up.
                              It seems to be affected by the speed you turn the key but if you have a button-start engine (as I do) it's hits that sweet spot (or sour spot, if you like) every time. Pioneer support are less than useless. A better battery (much over-rated) improves it but doesn't totally fix it.
                              If you suffer the problem, maybe PSTechPaul can spec a suitable capacitor and diode to bridge the droop.

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                              • Posted this video today a pair of tops for the grandsons
                                https://youtu.be/T4EvKyILQcg


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