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Posted January 19, 2015 - 10:03 PM

Good sounding little engine.
Congrats!
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Posted January 24, 2015 - 03:35 PM

Made a little more progress on the tear down for the Western Auto Wizard. Have a little more to take apart on the engine to get it cleaned up and ready for paint. Also need to remove the handle bar grips and throttle cable from the handle bars. Did manage to get everything else torn apart including getting the all the bearings knocked out for replacement.

 

I also got the plate that was welded on there removed and cleaned up. Had to also re-cut the notches which I got measurements from one of the other Power Hos. It isn't perfect but much better than it was.

 

Everything is pretty much ready for sandblasting and I remembered to take pictures this time :D

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Posted January 24, 2015 - 03:39 PM

Impressive progress!


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Posted January 24, 2015 - 03:40 PM

Wow, you work fast George!

Is your garage heated?


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Posted January 24, 2015 - 03:43 PM

Wow, you work fast George!

Is your garage heated?

 

The garage stays fairly warm compared to outside temps. I would say it stays around 50 degrees. The garage is detached from the house but there is a full 1 bedroom apartment up above the garage which is where mom and dad live. I think from them having the heat on up there even though heat rises it keeps the garage a little warmer. We do have a torpedo heater to get it warmer when needed. It is actually really nice out today.


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Posted January 24, 2015 - 04:16 PM

my favorite, exploded tractor!! Looks like a couple more big weekends and you will be ready to plow.


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Posted January 24, 2015 - 05:09 PM

my favorite, exploded tractor!! Looks like a couple more big weekends and you will be ready to plow.


Snow, maybe... :D
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Posted January 24, 2015 - 05:12 PM

Your making great progress on her George. Won't be long now before you have it all back together and running.
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Posted January 26, 2015 - 11:03 AM

Wow, you work fast George!

Is your garage heated?

Brian, the garage does stay fairly comfortable. Our temperature here right now is 26 degrees and the garage is holding at 50. The original owner built the garage in 2000 and used it for a small plumbing business. The walls are well insulated so it doesn't take much to add warmth if we have to. The garage also has its own heat pump but we haven't run it this winter. We did use the AC on a couple of hot miserable days last summer.


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Posted January 26, 2015 - 04:26 PM

George and I went to the hardware store yesterday afternoon so he could get some metal stock. Since the Wizard is disassembled and in mostly small parts, George wanted to setup a small electrolysis system in a five gallon bucket. So far it's working well. The first pic of course shows our little system and the second the parts we have done so far. The two parts in the upper left George did last night and I was able to do the rest today. We still have more to do.

 

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Posted January 26, 2015 - 04:33 PM

Looks good George, I have several different size containers I use from a 5Ga. bucket to a 300 Ga. tote.


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Posted January 26, 2015 - 06:14 PM

what I want to know is how long does this tank method take. I can blast a whole tractor in a couple of hrs, not really looking like the dipping is very fast.


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Posted January 26, 2015 - 06:21 PM

 I can blast a whole tractor in a couple of hrs, not really looking like the dipping is very fast.

 

Man, you must have some serious cfm's!  


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Posted January 26, 2015 - 06:26 PM

what I want to know is how long does this tank method take. I can blast a whole tractor in a couple of hrs, not really looking like the dipping is very fast.

 

Some hook them up to welders to power through the process.

I have also found using hot water speeds up the process as well.

 

I really like doing the inside of old gas tanks with electrolysis really cleans the insides up better than anything!


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Posted January 26, 2015 - 06:38 PM

Man, you must have some serious cfm's!  

Well I don't mess around when I get going, once a two wheeled unit is striped down, there really isn't that many parts. I don't do the engines in a blaster, well at least not one with sand in it. tractors with sheet metal take the longest. Big steel wheels with lugs take a while, but ussaly the rest of the tractor is just a gear case and some handles, so you make up time fast on the smaller stuff. I also have a couple of tricks, like a lazy susan in the cabinet, and baskets to blast nuts and bolts in.


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