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  • Look what swallowed my Mill

    Well - where there's a mill there's a way,

    this thing (ZF-6 ford f-450) was just a half inch too tall to fit conventional so I had to throw the head down on the hoe and tram her all up






    Here's a pick of my extension bit for my boring head - it's actually one of those trailer hitch pins I found on a bike ride - I milled it and ground it and put a flat on it were the allen holds it so it wont rotate in the head --- went to use it and it would not even touch the case material - said "oh crap I hope it's got some carbon to it" re-sharpen - heat it up cherry red and dunked it in some dirty dishes in the kitchen sink






    Lucky for me it had some carbon to it :-)





    Score one for the hillbillies



    Now I gotta make a dang sleeve...
    Last edited by A.K. Boomer; 02-02-2012, 02:22 AM.

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    nuther pic of the bit, kinda proud of my trailer hitch bit




    The PTO access was ideal for keeping an eye on things and adjusting the boring head.




    A prophylactic and a rubber band was the ideal choice for keeping the chips from getting into the sump screen ---- put a helmet on that soldier!

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    • #3
      That tool looks like it did a real nice job.

      How'd you end up tramming this set up?

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      • #4
        Nice job there. I like your trailer hitch b-bar. I use a finger from a latex glove for those little prophylactic jobs.

        Easier to explain to the wife why I have gloves.

        Dan
        At the end of the project, there is a profound difference between spare parts and extra parts.

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        • #5
          Love it Boomer!
          I have tools I don't even know I own...

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          • #6
            Originally posted by danlb
            Easier to explain to the wife why I have gloves.

            Dan

            But not as much fun.


            Nice job on the case! I've rebuilt a couple ZF trans in my day, they are a pretty darn bulletproof trans. The one in my 89 F250 took a beating and worked perfectly up till the day I took the truck to the scrap yard with over 300K on the clock. That was 200K work miles and 100K of high school and stupid kid years of a beating. The truck saw the river more than the road.
            Andy

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            • #7
              Originally posted by A.K. Boomer

              A prophylactic and a rubber band was the ideal choice for keeping the chips from getting into the sump screen ---- put a helmet on that soldier!


              I take it both the milling machine and the gearbox enjoyed a cigarette together, once the job was done?


              Martin.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Jim Shaper
                That tool looks like it did a real nice job.

                How'd you end up tramming this set up?

                Hey thanks all,


                Jim - I use my mill as a lathe all the time so already have the head aligned (fore and aft) to the table cuz it's a turret mill and adjustable that way,

                as far as being level parallel I just stick the quill out full 5" extension and mild lock then attach my magnetic depth indicator to the table and measure at the highest point of the quill and run with it, I always double check the other first though to make sure nothings changed over the years...

                When u hit the peak of the quill on each test and BOTH hold the same reading for the entire 5" of X axis of mill table travel you know your good to go...

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                • #9
                  Nice work Boomer. That is a tough job to do right. I like the creative use of medical supplies too.
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                  • #10
                    Ca. 1960's Navy aircrew survival kits, each box in the set of two contained a fresh water container...an unlubed condom. Also useful to stretch over a cut hand in a water landing to help not attract sharks. (My room mates in 1969-70 were survival school instructors/safety divers. Got a bit of swag from them... )

                    David
                    David Kaiser
                    “You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having both at once.”
                    ― Robert A. Heinlein

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                    • #11
                      dat aint never going to work

                      How many times have we heard those words? Beautiful setup, nice job.

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                      • #12
                        It be items just like this that draws me to to this site.Thinking outside the box! Love it.

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                        • #13
                          During the Vietnam War the US military dropped millions of leaflets over North Vietnam. They also included boxes of condoms, about 2 inches long.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Evan
                            During the Vietnam War the US military dropped millions of leaflets over North Vietnam. They also included boxes of condoms, about 2 inches long.

                            As a propaganda tool it would have worked better to make them 9 inches long.

                            Dan
                            At the end of the project, there is a profound difference between spare parts and extra parts.

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                            • #15
                              Perhaps, but the 2" type are available off the shelf.

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