Striping down engine accessories.

November 19th, 2012

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July 30th, 2012

My CNC project has been turned over to a friend to complete. I have moved on to my firebird project.

First Drive

July 16th, 2011

Today, Brittany, Gail and I, took the bird out for a little spin. At first the transmission was a little sluggish but when it warmed up it was better. The engine seemed to run really well and sounds awesome! Did a little sanding and primering on the roof today to try to keep it from rusting. It’s funny how quick it started to get surface rust in areas that didn’t have any rust at all while it was in the mountains.

I also bought a few tools that I will be needing. A mig welder, soda blaster, sander, cut-off wheel, HVLP gun, and last but not least a air driven hydraulic pump. Hmm… wonder what that is for, OK I will tell you. I am going to build a hydraulic lift for the car! More to come on this soon.

Right now I am trying to get the SRT done so I can make room in the garage.

71 T/A clone in 1985

July 15th, 2011

Here is a picture of my 71 T/A clone back in 85. It doesn’t show much of the car but it is all I can find right now.

Sorry for the picture quality, but look at those three young birds!

CNC Update 9: Cutting Spindle Mount

April 30th, 2010

I finally got the spindle mount GCode right and made one of my 4 Spindle mount pieces. Look at the video below.

Here is the finished piece.

HDPE 1/2 of Spindle Mount

Spindle mount test fit, IT FITS!

┬áHere is a video of one of my test patterns using some 1/4″ scrap wood.

I had to make several manual modifications to the gcode to get it right. Not because CAM software did it wrong, I just didn’t have all the settings right when I created the gcode. Also I don’t have any home switches installed yet so all the absolute values are wrong or at least that is what I think you call them. The machine coordinates I know are not right until I get the home switches installed. I am still learning about all of this and I have a long way to go.

I have ordered some upgrades that should make some nice improvements in cutting speed. I have 3 new Acme leadscrews and nuts coming along with some other enhancements, such as bearing blocks and a motor mount for the Z-axis. My tie wraps are working but are a little to gehtto for me:-)