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Old 01-10-2018, 07:31 PM
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Spent a couple hours putting the connections on the transmission cover so I can run the hydraulic lines later. Drilled for the two bulkhead connections, and drilled and tapped for the 1/2 inch pipe nipple and cap so I can add fluid easily.

Dip tube is a bit of a Rube-Goldberg arrangement due to available fittings, but it should work. It's an issue living in a small town in a very isolated area, 40 miles from the nearest Lowes or Home Depot, and 60 or 70 miles from a medium size city, 100 miles from Richmond VA or Virginia Beach/Norfolk.

The area where we live now is on the end of a 120 mile long peninsula, running west to east and ending at the Chesapeake Bay, and formed by the Rappahannock river on the south and the Potomac River on the North. For years (up until the 1960s when bridges were finally built) the only access was the long drive down the peninsula from Fredericksburg (which is located halfway between Richmond and Washington, DC) or a ferry ride across one of the rivers. There are still working ferries that serve some isolated areas of the Chesapeake Bay.

As a result of this isolation, the locals have a distinctive dialect and accent. Here's a link to a video about the interesting accents of the residents of Tangier Island, 10 miles east of us out in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIZgw09CG9E

The local accent here is not as pronounced, and is rapidly disappearing due to the likes of me, another "come here" that has taken up residence. (as opposed to a "born here.")

Historically, this area has been a recreational retreat for Richmond business owners, doctors and lawyers who had cottages "down at the Rivah." Unfortunately, it's now beginning to attract Washington DC area folks looking for a quaint area to retire to, so we do run into a few folks with not-so-southern manners.

Sadly, the "watermen" are a dying breed as most of the fisheries are on the decline, mostly due to the diseases (and overfishing) that killed off most of the oysters over the past 25 years. Sport fishing is big industry though, and many watermen have taken up running charter fishing boats, so the economy, while not exactly booming, is robust enough to support a McDonalds and a Walmart in town.

Pics attached of a REAL tap and die set, and some of the work to get the cover back in place. The dip tube required me to remove the drive shaft to install the cover.
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Old 01-10-2018, 08:31 PM
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Is that the same tap and die set Noah used to build the ark?
Just picking on you. Last time I saw a grand old set like that was before my dad retired in '94.

I got to say, enjoying the progress on this build. You get bored head south, I got 2 Cadets I can't get put back together to get out of the shop--been over a month now.
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Old 01-10-2018, 10:54 PM
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I got that tap and die set from a friend of 25 years who is now moving to a retirement apartment (assisted living facility). He was cleaning out his basement workshop and offered me this set that belonged to his dad, who worked as a machinist at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. His dad passed away a couple years ago at age 96. Bob is 74. It's hard to tell scale in the picture, but the wooden box is over 2 feet long and about a foot wide.

While it didn't build the Ark, you are not far off, I'm sure it was used in the construction of a bunch of Naval vessels...
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Old 01-11-2018, 12:27 AM
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I got that tap and die set from a friend of 25 years who is now moving to a retirement apartment (assisted living facility). He was cleaning out his basement workshop and offered me this set that belonged to his dad, who worked as a machinist at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. His dad passed away a couple years ago at age 96. Bob is 74. It's hard to tell scale in the picture, but the wooden box is over 2 feet long and about a foot wide.

While it didn't build the Ark, you are not far off, I'm sure it was used in the construction of a bunch of Naval vessels...
That tap and die set is so cool... even better is that you have a story with it! I love vintage tools.. you just can't buy that kind of quality any longer. Even better is the history!

I have a South Bend Lathe that was built for the Navy in 1942. I bought it 20 years ago from a retired Naval Machinist that worked on the battleships in WWII. He bought the lathe surplus after the war and ran his own machine shop for 40 years. Unfortunately he passed away several years ago at the age of 97! For several years after I bought the old machine he came by my shop for visitation with his old friend as he called the old south bend!
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Old 01-11-2018, 10:07 PM
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Jaynjeep, I know how you feel about your South Bend. I managed to find a vintage Logan 400 lathe a couple years ago. It came with tons of tooling and is pretty neat. Hard to find that level of quality any more.

On the Tandem, I spent a couple hours this evening starting to fab the mounts for the cylinder. No pictures as not much to show yet. A lot of cutting and grinding.
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A bit more progress yesterday. Managed to fab and install the lower pivot point of the lift cylinder. Had to move the battery to make this work. Just did not have the room to do it with the battery there. J-Mech knew this, suggested it, and turned out to be right about that. I underestimated the amount of room I'd need since I did not have the cylinder on hand when I started the build.

I decided to machine a pair of sleeves to reduce the pivot pins from 1 inch to 3/4 inch. To be honest, I didn't have a 1 inch drill to drill the holes for the pins. I have a 59/64ths twist drill, I think for a 3/4 IPS tap, but no 1 inch drill. So some 1 inch rod became 1 inch sleeves for the cylinder pivot points.

Spent some time working on a battery tray for the seat cavity, and working around the rear drive shaft and the hydro control link. I think I've got it sorted out, but I will have to raise the seat 3" to accommodate the greater height of the battery in this location.
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Old 01-13-2018, 06:48 PM
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Solved the battery relocation issue today. Hydraulic pump and spool valve arrived yesterday, so next up is mounting the pump. Pulleys from McMaster also arrived, so I have what I need to fab the mount.

Pics of battery solution.
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Coming along Frank, did you sit on the new extension you added to the seat ?
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Coming along Frank, did you sit on the new extension you added to the seat ?
Yes. Seating position seems fine. Actually, more comfortable for me. If I remove the "U" springs, the seat will only be about 2 inches higher than normal, not even very noticeable.
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Old 01-13-2018, 09:16 PM
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Lookin good Frank!
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