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Old 08-17-2012, 12:42 AM   #26
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that shop floor is gorgeous!
ive been waiting for another project thread =]
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Old 08-17-2012, 12:45 AM   #27
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Are you guys in San Diego or the east coast?
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Old 08-17-2012, 12:56 AM   #28
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It looks shopped to me. I might be able to tell by the pixels, but I'd have to see it in person. Second the meat/drool idea.
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Old 08-17-2012, 05:00 AM   #29
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Awesome. I could never afford a workshop like that over here...stupid small country with overpriced everything :(

Can't wait to see how it all comes together.
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Old 08-17-2012, 06:49 AM   #30
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I'll third the meet idea. I've been going to school in Boston for three years, not sure how I never managed to meet you guys or make my way out there (not that I was invited, but I would have brought beer )

And I'm permanately moving up to Gloucester (well, at least a year or so) on the 28th as well.

All that said, awesome shop space.
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Old 08-17-2012, 08:54 AM   #31
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So ****in jealous, and I have a shop too. But yours is impressive... like REALLY impressive.

How much did you drop for that Miller 250? I paid 1475 for mine, it's a 1996 unit.


Again, fkn awesome.
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Old 08-17-2012, 09:45 AM   #32
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The shop is looking good. Those epoxy floors are a lot of work to prep for but they are worth it. Probably its better your place was a wood shop... saw dust means non-contamainted concrete

Your lumber chassis stand is very swedish.
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Old 08-17-2012, 10:00 AM   #33
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Old 08-17-2012, 10:24 AM   #34
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The shop is looking good. Those epoxy floors are a lot of work to prep for but they are worth it. Probably its better your place was a wood shop... saw dust means non-contamainted concrete

Your lumber chassis stand is very swedish.
They should sell those at IKEA
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Old 08-17-2012, 10:30 AM   #35
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Are you guys in San Diego or the east coast?
Wrong coast.
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Old 08-17-2012, 10:46 AM   #36
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Looking good guys!
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Old 08-17-2012, 11:09 AM   #37
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jesus i am jealous, the shop space i share with my friend... is... well... leaves something to be desired.

****ing awesome guys, keep it up ;)
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Old 08-17-2012, 12:08 PM   #38
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i'll be watching this build for sure! anxious to see the car come together.
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Old 08-17-2012, 01:14 PM   #39
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Beautiful work on the shop- so jelly!

Looking forward to the 242 getting some fresh Buchkalove™

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Old 08-17-2012, 02:13 PM   #40
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Thanks dudes! Alex and I have really busted ass to the get shop to where it is now. Not pictured is the bandsaw, drill press, and belt sander Alex scored at an estate sale for $50. They need some minor attention, but are otherwise in excellent condition.

The shop is on Cape Cod, in MA. We'll see about putting a mini-meet together when we get back there.

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nice work, what else are you guys planning to ad? And are you planning on replicating your friends 240 control arms....
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the chassis table to me almost seem like it would make it more difficult to work on the car in certain respects... i assume that it will just be used while you are working out the fenders?
The table is, as the name implies, for building the chassis. We're going to use the table to complete all principal fabrication. The car will come off the table when it's ready to be put down on four wheels.

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so awsome that shop is really really nice! i wish you would keep that 6 though.
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How much did you drop for that Miller 250? I paid 1475 for mine, it's a 1996 unit.
I think ours is an 80s model. Final bid price was $1225. That included a pedal, an air cooled torch, a ground clamp, and a power cable. I think it got shill bid for a couple of hundred bucks extra, but even at $1225 I think it was a good deal.

The fan doesn't have a thermostat, so it's loud as all hell. I'm going to build something up for that. We've also got all the parts collected for a homebrew watercooler setup (pump, heat exhanger, watercooled torch, and tank materials).
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Old 08-17-2012, 02:20 PM   #41
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I think ours is an 80s model. Final bid price was $1225. That included a pedal, an air cooled torch, a ground clamp, and a power cable. I think it got shill bid for a couple of hundred bucks extra, but even at $1225 I think it was a good deal.

The fan doesn't have a thermostat, so it's loud as all hell. I'm going to build something up for that. We've also got all the parts collected for a homebrew watercooler setup (pump, heat exhanger, watercooled torch, and tank materials).
Yeah, these machines, and what people don't realize, is that they are awesome. And pretty easy to work on. I was lucky enough to find mind on craigslist, guys said 1475 and I didn't think twice.

I'm not sure my fan ever goes on... (it has a thermo) but I'm not very good with the machine yet soooo it hasn't been run too much yet LOL.

I also am doing the home brew water cooling. I, however, bought my tank because, again, I am not good enough haha. But yeah, picked up a WT - 20R on eBay from IOC (Indiana Oxygen Company) with the AK4 accessory kit. Such an awesome little torch to hold compared to the CK 17 Air cooled.

I went with a diaphram pump to start (not a bevcon type). Supposed to be able to keep 40-50PSI. So we'll see.

I can't wait to see what you guys make outta that shop! Put bigger shops to shame.
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Old 08-17-2012, 02:29 PM   #42
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Old 08-17-2012, 03:36 PM   #43
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Thanks dudes! Alex and I have really busted ass
Yes you did. Great work. Looks like it will greatly benefit the fake racer also.
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Old 08-17-2012, 04:27 PM   #44
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that shop looks sick. can i drop my 940 off there for a year? do some cool **** to it and then ill pick it back up. lmao
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Old 08-17-2012, 04:41 PM   #45
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The fan doesn't have a thermostat, so it's loud as all hell. I'm going to build something up for that. We've also got all the parts collected for a homebrew watercooler setup (pump, heat exhanger, watercooled torch, and tank materials).
FWIW - I am fairly certain Miller sell a retrofit kit for Synch 250's to convert to a tstat controlled fan. Dunno what the cost is like- if it's not too grossly overpriced it may be the cleanest/simplest solution though.
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Old 08-17-2012, 04:50 PM   #46
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FWIW - I am fairly certain Miller sell a retrofit kit for Synch 250's to convert to a tstat controlled fan. Dunno what the cost is like- if it's not too grossly overpriced it may be the cleanest/simplest solution though.
I thought I had read about this at one point:

http://weldingweb.com/showthread.php?t=25535


It isn't a retro kit, but it's what other people did. One person did elude to it with a link to a broken PDF. So they definitely did make one, not sure if they still do.
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Old 08-17-2012, 05:18 PM   #47
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FWIW - I am fairly certain Miller sell a retrofit kit for Synch 250's to convert to a tstat controlled fan. Dunno what the cost is like- if it's not too grossly overpriced it may be the cleanest/simplest solution though.
Yeah, there's a kit, but as 550 said, it's been NLA for some time. Even if you could buy it, I'm not sure I would want it. It's just a simple on-off deal where the fan is either off or running at full blast. I want a speed controlled fan that can turn faster as temperatures rise. I think it could be a fun primer on circuits that interface with mains power.
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Old 08-18-2012, 12:55 AM   #48
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There's not much point in speed modulating it or anything, as it will barely ever run when doing car stuff. Way overkill. I've used lots of them with fan on demand, it barely ever runs the fan.
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Old 08-18-2012, 01:01 AM   #49
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lol I could have swore that I heard somewhere that you guys were from San Deezy.
Oh well, carry on - and I shall continue to envy.
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There's not much point in speed modulating it or anything, as it will barely ever run when doing car stuff. Way overkill. I've used lots of them with fan on demand, it barely ever runs the fan.
To think, I just thought mine never ran because it sits in the corner and doesn't get used much seriously though. Yeah. :-/
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