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Old 02-21-2008, 04:18 PM
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Default Fun with the kid... :) Sheet metal bracket mod

My son was modifying the dash of his Nissan, and asked if I knew a machine shop that could make brackets?

He showed me some "L" shaped brackets that were about 0.5" too tall. I smiled and asked how much time did he have to learn to modify them.

Draw two lines, 0.5" apart. Cut one line.... overlap parts using second line, hold together, and dug out the Miller Spot Welder. He is like what is that thing? Explained his car was built with a spot welder.... six spot welds (good practice) in a row. Next bracket... six little spot weld (two would have been fine, but practice makes perfect).

Total time... 10 minutes (took time out for some beer!)
Look on the kids face.... priceless.
(not ready for him to head off the college next year.... These days he just needs to make/modify something he just digs into it).

Hey cutter... I've had the spot welder for years, but bought it from a 'freight damage place' for $40, one tong on it, but price was too good to pass up. Few days later a package in the mail arrived, from the lady I bought it from... she found the second tong and remembered it was "just like that one on that thing" I bought.

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Old 02-21-2008, 10:45 PM
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Hmmmm. Well Tom, I'm not real clear why you addressed that part to me & I feel kinda obtuse about that; I'm sure I'm missing something.

So I will just tell you a story that it reminded me of:
One time I bought a Troybilt mower and a phony little 2-stroke edger along with some other yard tools from a widow, the older sister of a friend of mine. I bought this stuff just to re-sell and because she wanted it all gone without the bother of a sale or advertising, etc.

A couple of hours after I got it all home she called to say he was going through his other stuff & found something she thought might go with the mower or edger but she wasn't sure. Whatever it was, she didn't want it so I was welcome to it. I said ok, that I would drop by the next day.

Then a couple of hours after that, her brother called to tell me "false alarm - do not come after the mystery item" and that he would take care of it along with some other stuff she wanted him to get rid of.

Saw him for coffee the next day & he told me it was a penis pump. She thought it might have something to do putting gas or oil in the mower. I was glad to have been spared that opportunity to make a fool of myself.
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Old 02-22-2008, 08:31 AM
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Cutter,
I was thinking since you missed out on that penis pump you could maybe use that rusted vice of yours as a weight to stretch it and get the same result....that old tool's gotta be good for something:evil:
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Old 02-22-2008, 11:06 AM
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Cutter.... getting a $400 spot welder for $40 was the deal!
220V Miller with 18" tongs.

Good deal on passing on the 'pump'.

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Old 02-22-2008, 11:26 AM
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Every well equipped shop needs to have a penis pump, particularly if it is free. I would have one in my shop if I could find the object it was intended to be used on, but I can't remember were I left it. Oh well, one less thing to worry about.
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Old 02-22-2008, 12:21 PM
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Cutter.... getting a $400 spot welder for $40 was the deal!
220V Miller with 18" tongs.

Tom
Pictures, we gotta have pictures of it!!!!

That is one of the requirements!!!
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Old 02-22-2008, 12:25 PM
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I thought it was illegal to fish for a U SUCK!!!

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Old 02-22-2008, 12:48 PM
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I thought it was illegal to fisf for a U SUCK!!!
DRAT! It is an old find, so for a U SUCK it has to be recent.

Went to buy some 6" tongs.... YIKES!

Need to keep hunting. My son is still mad that I sold off the hydraulic tubing bender.... buyer got a deal on that one! Hmm, time to build something. Did I tell you guys about the $20 20 ton king pin press.
(Out of 20 auctions, I come up empty at 19.... but finding that gem sure makes up for the other 19)
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Old 02-22-2008, 12:53 PM
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Since the title is "fun with the kid... " have to post a kid photo.

He is trying to fit an Intercooler into the fender well. I told him "sure you can put a turbo on your car..... you just need to make the manifolds for it". He is taking welding classes.
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Old 02-22-2008, 01:32 PM
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Hey, those stands look pretty far back. Maybe it's just the angle in the picture. Just be sure everything is safe.
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