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Old 06-16-2013, 01:43 PM
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I treated myself this Father's day. I have a Makita 18 Volt drill/driver set but the batteries are lame, expensive, rendered useless cause if one cell runs low it kills the entire battery's capacity to accept a charge. So instead of buying new batteries(which would have cost more than buying a new set) I picked up a Milwaukee M12 drill/ driver set and hear great things about it. The batteries are only $69 for 2 and I haven't read any horror stories about the batteries being defected like with the Makita ones. I'll try to find a buyer for the Makita set with charger but am thrilled about this purchase. I thought going back down to 12 volt was smart. Just don't need 18 volt for most applications.

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We hit the annual father's day swap meet this morning. It was better than ever, and everyone got some great bargains! My buddy ended up buying a '37 Plymouth sedan for a fantastic price! I got a couple mirrors for the Falcon, and a spun aluminum "Moon tank" copy cheap.
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I treated myself this Father's day. I have a Makita 18 Volt drill/driver set but the batteries are lame, expensive, rendered useless cause if one cell runs low it kills the entire battery's capacity to accept a charge. So instead of buying new batteries(which would have costed more than buying a new set) I picked up a Milwaukee M12 drill/ driver set and hear great things about it. The batteries are only $69 for 2 and I haven't read any horror stories about the batteries being defected like with the Makita ones. I'll try to find a buyer for the Makita set with charger but am thrilled about this purchase. I thought going back down to 12 volt was smart. Just don't need 18 volt for most applications.

Milwaukee M12 12-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill Driver/Impact Driver Combo Kit (2-Tool)-2494-22 at The Home Depot
I bought the colbalt(lowes) 18v set because of the 5year warranty, and every box said made in anyplace but USA.
it dies walk into lowes, walk you with another. unlike say Milwaukee, that send it back to them and wait.
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Pulled everything off the front of the motor and dry fit the new condenser.
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No, it is much too strong. Cutting it out and straightening it is much easier.

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No, it is much too strong. Cutting it out and straightening it is much easier.

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Bah, you're old fashioned... A dozen well placed studs and a little heat from your jewelers torch (with the new hose of course) and you're good as new...
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After a 12 oz Prime Rib from my daughter for fathers day I wasn't much good to anyone today. I did spend an hour or two finessing the panel and rough trimming the toe board. Also aligned the door a little better.

Brian I was not able to tweak the hinges. I chickened out. Shims worked and I did not have to take a chance of damaging something.

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Old 06-16-2013, 10:40 PM
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that bottom dent, can't you just use a stud gun welder to pull it back into shape?
I posted a response but didn't quote you so it looks out of place sorry.

The thing is the metal is very strong, and there is a brace inside that was also bent.

I did a little repair on the brace before I took this photo. But with the piece cut out it was an easy repair.



Here is the piece I cut out after cleaning it up. It is pretty badly damaged and a stud welder would have simply left it with a bunch of little lumps and not repaired.



Here it is repaired and ready to weld in. The gap won't be that big, it is just setting there. When it's moved over to the left it will have an even gap all the way around that will be easily welded.



But just a skim coat of polyester putty and it will be as good as new. Anyway, that's what I did on this Father's day. My kids came to visit and we had a great day. A couple of good meals, some playing with the grand daughter, it was a very good Father's day.

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Not sure if it's right or wrong, but I've done it the same way Brian, so glad to see somebody else do it. I had a lower trunk drop on my Austin that was pretty mangled, and no room in there to work it. So I took the parting wheel and cut it all out, flattened it off the car, and then welded it back in.
I think it was much less work, and much faster too.
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No "right or wrong", simply another way to do it. It's often done in body repair for the reasons we have discussed.

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Old 06-17-2013, 07:11 AM
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No "right or wrong", simply another way to do it. It's often done in body repair for the reasons we have discussed.

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That's a correct, "old school" repair on material that heavy. Most people are afraid of warping a panel with a welder and won't do what you did. Modern vehicles don't need more than a stud gun to pull a dent...

I spent my Fathers Day working on my New Holland 4610. I have a 7 ft ditch mower that is controlled by a 2 spool valve in the cab and it has leaked since day one.......10 years ago !!! Both the dealer and I have put o-ring kits in it numerous times, so I FINALLY (don't want to rush into this) replaced the entire valve yesterday. I haven't run it enough to know if it will eventually leak yet.
The PS pump/reservoir combo also let all the oil leak out while sitting. I called the dealer last week to inquire about a reman to just do a swap. I was informed New Holland didn't market a reman and a NEW one cost $865 !!! He said they had an o-ring kit for $50, so I dismantled the pump yesterday and put that in too. Then I moved on to the mower and replaced 6 of the cutting hammers. It really needs 12 more, which will make it 16 of the total 18 it has. I'll order more today and then wait for the bill.....the hammers with bolts cost ~$50~ each...

I mow the ditches for the Township I live in and the next one over, so it needs to be ready to mow this week. With the non-stop rain we've had, the weeds are 3 ft tall and obstructing vision at the intersections already.

My son mowed the yard as a "gift" to me yesterday. It really does save me time, as it takes nearly 2 hours to mow.
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Ahhh so you are one of those wonderful souls who keep those interstate highways looking so nice. I around here they don't look like that, weeds don't grow that fast and the sides of the highway are overgrown or brown. I am always amazed at how beautiful the sides of the highway looks in other parts of the country, they look like "lawn" to me, always cut and green. Thanks for what you do.

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Old 06-17-2013, 08:19 AM
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I bought the colbalt(lowes) 18v set because of the 5year warranty, and every box said made in anyplace but USA.
it dies walk into lowes, walk you with another. unlike say Milwaukee, that send it back to them and wait.
it's a lot more participation than these other guys I work with. They probably will freak out when they see a lithium ion for "the first time". Damn cavemen!
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Old 06-17-2013, 08:21 AM
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Ahhh so you are one of those wonderful souls who keep those interstate highways looking so nice. I around here they don't look like that, weeds don't grow that fast and the sides of the highway are overgrown or brown. I am always amazed at how beautiful the sides of the highway looks in other parts of the country, they look like "lawn" to me, always cut and green. Thanks for what you do.

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Thanks, I only mow for the Township. County and State/Federal roads are done by them respectively.
I'm repairing a broken grease tube on the mower now but will post a couple "before and after" pics of what I do. It's quite amazing what this mower does.
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Old 06-17-2013, 11:22 AM
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That's sad when your hose deteriorates from non-use.....
Isn't that the truth!

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