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Old 08-03-2015, 09:07 AM   #261
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I envy you all with the welding skills...would have made my conversion so much easier
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Old 08-03-2015, 06:48 PM   #263
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Despite what some folks seem to think, it isn't rocket science, and with a little practice almost anyone can learn basic welding.
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I envy you all with the welding skills...would have made my conversion so much easier
Just think of it as extreme hot gluing. One of the guys I picked up a lot from when I was a teenager told me to envision bonding two ice blocks together with an icicle using some heat to melt the icicle onto the two blocks and allowing the water to refreeze. The whole thing rests on how much heat you have your machine set to. When set up right you don't have to get into a big hurry with anything 3/16" and thicker. Sheet metal however takes some practice. I once welded together a elderly woman's coat hanger in China with a stick welder. Now that, you have to get in a hurry on. I was welding paper thin metal for an aquaponics project that required us knock off the flux from one rod and use the arc from standard arc set up like a TIG torch and add filler with my other hand. That was tricky.
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Old 08-03-2015, 10:52 PM   #265
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Just think of it as extreme hot gluing. One of the guys I picked up a lot from when I was a teenager told me to envision bonding two ice blocks together with an icicle using some heat to melt the icicle onto the two blocks and allowing the water to refreeze. The whole thing rests on how much heat you have your machine set to. When set up right you don't have to get into a big hurry with anything 3/16" and thicker. Sheet metal however takes some practice. I once welded together a elderly woman's coat hanger in China with a stick welder. Now that, you have to get in a hurry on. I was welding paper thin metal for an aquaponics project that required us knock off the flux from one rod and use the arc from standard arc set up like a TIG torch and add filler with my other hand. That was tricky.
Wish I was that good!
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Old 08-04-2015, 02:54 AM   #266
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Far to many people think they know how to weld, but are just making a mess that will soon break.

I have a Hobart 210. I just switched it to solid core wire and gas a few days ago. Now I'm enjoying nice clean welds at home like I had at the welding shop.

I also have the Hobart 500I plasma cutter.

Both the welder and the plasma can use 120 volt or 240 volt.

The larger units only use 240. That's the only reason why I didn't buy bigger models.

You can never have a mig too big.

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Old 08-05-2015, 03:06 PM   #267
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and this classic "manual"...



Since the current title of my thread is so blah, could a mod or someone maybe change it to "Roll Your Own!"?? With a smiley! please!?
Thanks for bringing this to my attention! Much more of a historical document than a how-to manual, but it's my history, so it's a great read. - Dan
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Old 08-05-2015, 04:21 PM   #268
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Its quickly become the most popular coffee table book in my home.
Everyone gets a kick out of it...
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Old 08-05-2015, 05:17 PM   #269
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I have an old Library copy of that one but my fav is still.."Rolling Homes: Handmade Houses on Wheels". I've had that one for probably 30+ years.
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Old 08-05-2015, 06:29 PM   #270
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Nice I love the old library books.
I'll look for that one, too.

Our local library still has an early 70's "peterson's vanning trends" book about the custom van scene... Makes me want a 70's tradesman with portholes.
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So with the immense heat I've gotten next to nothing done on the bus in weeks.
The afternoon floods aren't helping either.

I have been at work on the scooter... And it now has a friend.
Picked up a black on just like it only 2 years older. Needs some work but got it for CHEAP... as in I bartered a CZ52 pistol for it!

These things definitely have their quirks. I've so far rebuilt or replaced the variator and weights, the belt and the entire clutch assembly on the yellow one and now I'm pulling it all back out to replace the bearings and a shaft in the final drive/transmission! Maddening, but man its a sweet lil scoot. With the new belt and rollers and few tweaks it cruises at 50 all day and can even do 55 if I draft a big truck.
The black one I'm going all custom on. Custom exhaust, intake and jetting. Hoping for 55...
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Old 08-20-2015, 12:56 PM   #273
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Oh, and I may be looking for somewhere to keep my bus. The guy who was letting me park on his acreage has flaked out and turns out he's a total dbag...
so its a couple doors down at my friends property but they may need me to move it. I'll likely just put it in my yard in town and wait for the possible code letters to arrive. I may be able to keep it, though.

Seems storing these things can be a constant issue if you live anywhere near civilization. Once I'm done building it I can live further away from all that.
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Old 08-20-2015, 02:45 PM   #274
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I normally don't say this...looks around....you can always move somewhere free....like TN, and get a small pc of property

We have lakes that have no salt in them; we have these hills that are so big we call them mountains, and not all the animals will try to kill and eat you.. .......except, mnt lions, bobcats, bears, possums and crazy bearded cat woman up the hollar

we also have rivers for kayaking and snow (white stuff...urgh...white frozen water that falls from the sky)

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Old 08-20-2015, 03:04 PM   #275
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Pics of the scooter?

I ride a 49cc Piaggio Typhoon.

Great on gas. I rode 170km on less than $5 worth of gas the other day.

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Old 08-20-2015, 04:33 PM   #276
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Pics of the scooter?

I ride a 49cc Piaggio Typhoon.

Great on gas. I rode 170km on less than $5 worth of gas the other day.

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I knew you and I had SOMETHING in common... Scooters and CRX!
I can't quite explain it but I just LOVE scooters and little cars.
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Old 08-20-2015, 05:07 PM   #277
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I knew you and I had SOMETHING in common... Scooters and CRX!
I can't quite explain it but I just LOVE scooters and little cars.
I agree 100%.

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Dang! My Honda TTR 225 only gets 87 mpg.
But...it'll do wheelies.

It will eventually hang of the back of the bus.
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I was thinking these CH80's would be good for keeping on the bus instead of having a toad. But an actual moped would likely be an easier fit and would weigh less.
I have a third ch80 that I may be picking up for a hundred bucks. 2200 miles but its been wrecked. Would be good for parts though.
Scooters have been a nice shaded break from bus work.
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flipped him into another car and sent all four to hospital. No broken bones or blood, but lots of bruises....she's lookin' at another "TOY" tomorrow.
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