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  1. 493 Mike

    My new wheel hoe!

    The boss informed me that she wanted a wheel hoe for the garden, so I constructed one. I posted it here as it uses the bottom leaf from my original 65 Coronet springs. I figured spring steel should hold an edge so out came the 9" Milwaukee sander/grinder and I made short work of putting a sharp...
  2. 493 Mike

    Finally built a dust collector.

    I had some spare time so I built a grit collector for the grinder I bought 5 years ago. I did shorten the all thread rods after the photo session. Mike
  3. 493 Mike

    Necessity is the mother of invention.

    Hi fellas, I shortened a push loc hose already installed in my car so I man handled the fitting as far as I could but, needed more, of course. So, I designed and built a assembly press for push loc assembly. It worked pretty good. Mike
  4. 493 Mike

    My latest fabrication.

    The rear rotors would not come off my son's 2006 Town and Country and I did not want to wait for a store bought puller so I made one. It will work on 16" and smaller drums and rotors. I had all the materials in stock. Mike
  5. 493 Mike

    New tool!

    Hi fellas, In another post I mentioned I was fabricating a valve lash tool, to save money. I found a 12 point 1/4 drive socket in my stash and made the rest from my steel collection. That's a piece of heat shrink tubing on the handle. Mike
  6. 493 Mike

    Saw Table

    Hi fellas, I had to use this table I made years ago for detail cutting aluminum sheet so I thought someone else could use one too. Just scrap I had in my stash. Take the sole plate off the saw and use it for a drill pattern on the top, drill a blade clearance hole and screw the two together. I...
  7. 493 Mike

    Nipple Tool!

    Hi fellas, I made this with a 1/2" bolt and a split pin that fit the notch in the heater nipple. Should work good on a new install but, not having tried yet, I don't know if the split pin will hold up for removal of old nipples. I may have to buy a hardened pin to make it tough enough. Mike
  8. 493 Mike

    Grinder Stand

    Hi Fellas, My buddy gave me a Chinese bench grinder, said it had no power (the cheap ones don't) but, I wanted it to sharpen lathe cutters so it was good enough. Of course I had to make a matching stand for it. Mike
  9. 493 Mike

    New Guard for my Shop!

    I've employed a guard for my shop. Here he is standing guard on #4 overhead door. Mike
  10. 493 Mike

    Splurged on new snap ring plier set.

    I just bought this set as my old pliers seem to have worn out after 45 years of use Made in Germany and really nice! Mike
  11. 493 Mike


    Hi fellas, Has anyone considered building a two story shop and using a 4 post lift as a car elevator? The lift would have to be modified to gain more height but, it's cheaper to build up than out. Mike
  12. 493 Mike

    Another Old Guy Tool.

    Hi Fellas, As I mentioned in my "pig" removal thread, I'm not the man I used to be so I whipped up this servo compressor tool . Some of the return springs have a lot of tension (they can shoot all over the shop) so I needed some leverage help. This filled the need, just used scrap I had. Mike
  13. 493 Mike

    Old Man Helper.

    Hi fellas, After losing both upper bicep muscle attachments and having both rotator cuffs repaired I'm not the man I used to be, so when I needed to pull my 8 3/4 pig I whipped this up: 60" of 1 1/2"X 3/16" angle iron and an afternoon. Mike
  14. 493 Mike


    Hi fellas, Yesterday (7-4-17) I had my main shop professionally cleaned. 3 young women showed up and went to town on the walls, lights, fans, plumbing fixtures, cabinets, etc.. I contracted with a local company and the girls wanted to work on the 4th. The results are good and the smell is...
  15. 493 Mike

    37 Degree flaring tool

    Hi fellas, Anyone have a flaring tool for AN flares they would sell? Ridgid 41162 for example. Mike