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01-03-2017 12:44 PM
Originally Posted by Schroeder View Post

Thanks for the link Xbox....

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Stupid auto correct. I meant thanks for the link Cboy

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01-03-2017 11:45 AM
Schroeder I didn't check it before installing the brace. I think I'm gonna have to take it off and reinstall to quantify how it helped- if at all.

Thanks for the link Xbox. I've done some snooping on that site too. I think I have an account there, but I have never posted there. I may have to head there this afternoon too.

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01-03-2017 09:39 AM
cboy [QUOTE=Schroeder;4027082]...still getting .035" flex in the upper arm!!! Did u ever check 2 c what ur getting?

I never put a gauge on mine to check the flex. If no one here can give you an opinion on the amount of flex you are getting, possibly ask the question on one of the metal fabrication
01-02-2017 07:45 PM
Schroeder By the way, I used 2.5 x 2.5 x 3/16" tubing. A little different than what u had

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01-02-2017 07:44 PM
Originally Posted by tech69 View Post
Did you bolt down your HF planishing hammer or put sand into it? I'm wondering how affective the sand can be at keeping it a little more stable.
Bringing back a dead 1 guys. Tech69, I copied what u did but my down leg isn't as long. Seems a lot more sturdy but still getting .035" flex in the upper arm!!! Did u ever check 2 c what ur getting?

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10-19-2015 12:34 PM
cboy Thanks, and I hope the book helped a bit with your designs and fabrication efforts. I haven't been doing any new car projects. My current interest has taken me in the direction of electric vehicles. I've built two electric trikes of my own over the past year and am now working with a coalition of the Merced County Dept. of Education, the local police (who supply recovered bike parts), a local Lutheran church and local civic groups to build "adaptive bikes and trikes" for children with developmental needs who can not balance or ride traditional bicycles. I build the trikes to fit each child's particular needs and then provide them free of charge. The Dept of Education identifies the local school children with special needs and the other organizations provide financial support and/or raw materials. We've started small but we hope to expand rapidly so every special needs child in our school system can have access to the freedom and fun of a bike. Plus I get to do my very favorite thing...fabricate interesting machinery to motor down the highway.
10-18-2015 11:41 PM
cboy, retired ?

I have read your ebook 2 or 3 times. thanks for all the great info. Are you doing any more car projects after getting your new home honey- do's finished ?
10-18-2015 03:08 PM
cboy I move around the planishing hammer but I bolt or clamp it down whenever I use it. No sand in the hollow of the frame, however.
10-18-2015 12:23 PM
Originally Posted by cboy View Post
Here's a little update on my HF E-Wheel review.

Thanks to the great tip/link from redsdad I've reinforced the frame and I think it has greatly improved the wheel. Here are a couple shots of the bracing (the unpainted portions are new). The vertical and horizontal pieces are 2x4x1/8" rectangular tubing and the top angle piece is 1x2 rectangular tubing. The vertical and horizontal pieces are bolted to the frameworks with 9" long 3/8" bolts.

The reinforcement has virtually eliminated the "spring" I was getting at the wheel when I would tighten the bottom anvil. The third picture is a cycle fender shape I just did. It was roughed to shape on my new "stump" (see my cboy-two journal here for more on making a stump Hot Rod Photo Journal - Cboy-Two's Journal ) and then run through my new HF $129 planishing hammer and then finished off on the English wheel. I'm starting a separate thread to do a planishing hammer review so more details there on that part of the equation.

Did you bolt down your HF planishing hammer or put sand into it? I'm wondering how affective the sand can be at keeping it a little more stable.
03-28-2009 07:15 PM
The Wheel World

OK,dont laugh keep in mind I didnt know if it would work so I didnt spend much time fabricating it,It works and it helps put a compound curve in the piece when needed.I'm still very green with it but It's paid for itself on the first job,heres some pics
03-28-2009 07:27 AM
Originally Posted by deadbodyman
Well,aparently I was wrong about the little arm on that raises the small wheel.It is not a tensioner its a quick release.
My experience has been that it is BOTH. It does, in fact, put more pressure on the work piece if you rotate the lever during use. So I don't see the problem with your continuing to use the foot control you made. If the machine does what you want it to do with your modification...why not continue using it that way. And by releasing your foot pressure you "quick release" the work piece.

The only difficulty I see is maintaining a uniform pressure on the workpiece as you move it between the wheels. If your foot pressure is unsteady, perhaps you can create non-uniform stretching of the metal and create more problems than you are trying to eliminate. (I'm totally just thinking out loud here.)
03-27-2009 08:50 PM
The Wheel World

Well,aparently I was wrong about the little arm on that raises the small wheel.It is not a tensioner its a quick release. I found a great vidio on the wheel and I saved it but I cant seem to move it over to here so if anyone wants to see it go to look up deadbodyman,on my profile scroll all the way down to favorite vidios where you'll see the wheel vid just click it and watch,very informative.It makes things much easier when you know how to use it.sorry good luck screwed up again
03-27-2009 05:45 AM
Originally Posted by bamadog
Hello all, I have been working metal for soon to be 22 years. I recently purchased the same english wheel. If you will drill a 3/4" hole in the top arm and fill the big C with concrete, let it dry and I tacked a plug over the hole. I assure you the rig is plenty strong. As for the anvil flexing, mine does not. But I welded a small 45 on the inside of the top roller plate. this wheel performs now almost as well as my old big wheel. hope this helps!
Thats a great idea dog I'll fill mine today,I never thought of that,its so simple,VERY GOOD IDEA THANKS
03-27-2009 05:42 AM
deadbodyman back to the wheel though,the little lever that increases tension by raising and lowering the dolly wheel is hard to use and mabee even ,dangerous, you have to take one hand off the piece your working with so I connected a foot lever to the arm and feel much safer with it now.I just used it yesterday and I really love it but be careful it bites,the first time I used it I caught my presious little thumb in the wheel ,something like fingers will not stop the momentum of the wheels and they will also come out the other side flattend took two weeks to heal,I was very luckyand I have a new respect for this tool ,its not a toy,VERY DANGEROUS
03-25-2009 07:09 PM
HF tools

Dont get me wrong dog,I have a box full of HF tools I especially like the air tools you just cant beat them for the price,The only real trouble I've had is with my sand blasting cabinet and the plenishing hammer,after all you get what you pay for ,right? So far I'm way ahead but the hammer did fall apart and we all laughed at the time ,just didnt want anyone getting their hopes up to high compared the all the other expenses at the shop it wasnt that big a deal and when the bodyman put it under my tire and said this thing will last forever i thought i would die laughing that alone was worth 89.00 itself so if your happy with it who am I to say differently?Its all good see ya at HF
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