Bush Hog JBI Diesel Repower (Hogzilla)
Posted March 14, 2011 - 11:08 AM
I hope you got your package!!!!
Posted March 14, 2011 - 05:24 PM
Your usual great job Dan!!!!!
I hope you got your package!!!!
Hey ya Joe! You need to come in here more often!
Posted March 14, 2011 - 05:29 PM
Started on one of the wider rear fenders too. Will get some pics tomorrow of the progress.
Posted March 15, 2011 - 05:58 PM
Today was a busy farm day, so got little done. I did get the air filter stack mounted to the hood. The top of the stack is mounted on a short piece of exhaust pipe, and is welded to the hood. The lower portion of the pipe slips over the air cleaner housing inlet when I close the hood. Makes it much easier to raise the hood this way.
Also cut the hole for radiator cap access. Normal service can be done with hood down.
Figured how to get angles on thick fender steel without having to take & get bent professionally. I just marked where I wanted the angles, then clamped a 1" square tube at the mark. Then use a 4 1/2" slicer wheel (.045" thick) on my hand grinder & cut a groove about 1/2 way through the steel sheet. It then bends easily just using a vice. If the one slice doesn't allow enough angle before the slice closes up, then with the gap closed, slice again & bend more until you reach the desired angle. I may not use this piece of steel for the fender, as I really need a slightly wider piece as I want an angle outward to cover the entire width of the tire. But I wanted to use this piece to see how it went. Rather have smooth curved bends, but this is much cheaper & I'm cheap! lol
Oh, and after needed angle is achieved, simply weld along the cut to renew the strength of the steel
Here's how she stands for now.
When I go get steel for the fenders, I'll likely get a new piece of sheet steel for the hood extension & replace what I've added already. The only piece I had the right thickness was pitted bad, and this makes it flimsy. In case the plow day doesn't get rained out, I wanted to go ahead & use the rusty piece so I'd have a hood on it.
Edited by olcowhand, March 15, 2011 - 06:07 PM.
Posted March 15, 2011 - 06:04 PM
Posted March 15, 2011 - 06:50 PM
What you get done in between keeping cows fed and milked and the rest of the hats you wear in a day never ceases
to amaze me. Looks good. I like the cut then bend and weld trick with the thick steel too!!
Posted March 16, 2011 - 03:44 PM
Here is what I started with:
And here is what I ended up with:
I wanted more of a smooth curve, so I used the .045 slicer wheels on my grinder & put 3 grooves, leaving just a smidge of steel between each groove, then used my shop vice as a bend tool to bend each area. Then simply hammered the corners together, welded, then ground smooth. Gotta head to the milk parlor now. Hope to feel like finishing all the fender work on both sides tomorrow evening.
Posted March 17, 2011 - 07:18 AM
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Posted March 17, 2011 - 09:04 AM
I learned a new trick too.
Posted March 17, 2011 - 11:01 AM
time to sleep!
Posted March 17, 2011 - 11:15 AM
Can you still hear?
I've done the slot cut to bend metal quit a few times. Lately, I've been using a Morse 7 1/4" metal cutting carbide blade in a circular saw to do my sheet metal work. It's real easy to controll the depth, & is incredibly fast, & fairly quiet. I just built 30"x30" add on filter box for my dust collector out of #16 (about 1/16") galv sheet. I did about 100 ft of cuts, including 1/2 depth for corner bends, + thimble rips, with the blade, & it still cuts almost like new. The galv. is a little harder on the blade than straight steel. It cuts like butter, with no dust, or fumes. The only thing is, you need to keep the vibrations to a minimum for good blade life. I do this by keeping the
blade depth set to about 1/4" below the bottom of cut, & clamp a straight edge guide to the sheet to avoid additional side stress on blade.
I think I paid about $40 for the blade.
Thank's again Daniel for sharing your project. It has inspired me to get more done each day!
Posted March 17, 2011 - 11:16 AM
I sent you a PM.
Dan, this one is coming along VERY NICE!!