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#1 stiemmy ONLINE  

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Posted June 26, 2017 - 02:32 PM

Its made almost entirely of car parts, and plumbing. The rams are even made of pipe, the outriggers are made of bumper jacks, and lower control arms. The boom swings using the car rim with teeth welded to the backside, and a rack gear is meshed to the rim which has a ram on it.

It has a hydro driven motor coupled through chain to a 3 sp gear box, and pivot steering.

I have seen, and own some homebrew rigs, but this thing is cool. I thought it was so cool, I bought the dern thing;) The guy I bought it from said it'll dig hard packed gravel, but that remains to be seen. I don't think it weighs enough for that, and the pump is shot so who knows??

I did see it will need some repairs at 1st glance tho. One weld needs to be fixed, some new hoses here, and there, and obviously a new pump.

That hoe would look nice on the back of a tractor.

No creature comforts here!!!

Here some pics folks

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Posted June 26, 2017 - 04:16 PM

  Redneck engineering meets Rube Goldberg with introduction by Red Green!!

                                             Mike


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Posted June 26, 2017 - 04:26 PM

Someone had a lot of spare time and parts....


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Posted June 26, 2017 - 05:32 PM

I don't see how they got anything to seal using pipe for a cylinder.  Any pipe I been around was not near smooth enough on the inside for and kind of sealing for a cylinder.  Lot of part there but if it works, what the hay.


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Posted June 26, 2017 - 06:02 PM

Someone had time and a pile o stuff.
Awesome conversation piece

Be neat on a ratty tractor with an Fel, no restoration, just a coating of turpentine linseed oil to make it shine
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Posted June 26, 2017 - 06:19 PM

Need to back off a bit and give use a full side view. It is very cool but a piece at a time we don"t get the full effect thanks Don


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Posted June 26, 2017 - 06:38 PM

Need to back off a bit and give use a full side view. It is very cool but a piece at a time we don"t get the full effect thanks Don

This is the best I can do with what I have.

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Posted June 26, 2017 - 07:50 PM

I don't see how they got anything to seal using pipe for a cylinder.  Any pipe I been around was not near smooth enough on the inside for and kind of sealing for a cylinder.  Lot of part there but if it works, what the hay.

He probably put it on a lathe to bore it out and cut the end threads. 70 years ago many of the old garages had a large lathe and a milling machine tucked away in the back. They were used to make or repair auto parts. I saw one still set up in a garage in the early 90s. The old gentleman said that it was there, when he started working there, for his father, in the 1930s. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted June 26, 2017 - 08:13 PM

He probably put it on a lathe to bore it out and cut the end threads. 70 years ago many of the old garages had a large lathe and a milling machine tucked away in the back. They were used to make or repair auto parts. I saw one still set up in a garage in the early 90s. The old gentleman said that it was there, when he started working there, for his father, in the 1930s. Good Luck, Rick


Funny you mention, a guy had a shop about a mile from my old place where I got my 1455 from, and yep, there was a lathe in there, the guy had a ton of hombrew stuff there, so I bet ur right!!!

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Posted June 27, 2017 - 12:06 AM

*Looks like 3" pipe may be 2' long.I'm thinking minimum 10" swing 30" between centers. chuck the pipe in a 4 jaw chuck. hold the other end with a steady rest. Likely need a clamp to prevent the pipe from drifting out of the chuck. Mount a 2.5 inch boring bar between centers with a dog to prevent it rotating. Feed the bit of the boring bar by hand or with a finger from the pipe. Turn at the slowest speed the lathe is capable of. I could do it, probably not on the first try. I wonder if a simple hone with a cylinder hone would work? Don 


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Posted June 27, 2017 - 12:18 AM

*Looks like 3" pipe may be 2' long.I'm thinking minimum 10" swing 30" between centers. chuck the pipe in a 4 jaw chuck. hold the other end with a steady rest. Likely need a clamp to prevent the pipe from drifting out of the chuck. Mount a 2.5 inch boring bar between centers with a dog to prevent it rotating. Feed the bit of the boring bar by hand or with a finger from the pipe. Turn at the slowest speed the lathe is capable of. I could do it, probably not on the first try. I wonder if a simple hone with a cylinder hone would work? Don

It's definitely workable, as stated, never seen anything like it!

Can't imagine it wouldn't work, build all that stuff to find the end result sux;)

That large of pipe would make for a good sized piston, the rams look smaller, but we'll see what she'll do someday.

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Posted June 27, 2017 - 07:54 AM

There's something about it that I have no choice but to respect the builder. Love to share a six pack with that guy.


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Posted June 27, 2017 - 09:01 AM

There's something about it that I have no choice but to respect the builder. Love to share a six pack with that guy.


I bet there would be some interesting conversation;)

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Posted June 27, 2017 - 09:52 AM

There's something about it that I have no choice but to respect the builder. Love to share a six pack with that guy.

There are still some of those guys around but they are stuck in senior facilities alone. Talk to people. One woman introduced me to her elderly father. It turned out that he was a retired Army Engineer Colonel. He served in WWII, Korea, and early Vietnam. I asked a few questions and let him talk. I learned alot of small stories about the struggles he faced. His daughter(about my age) thanked me for spending the time with him. I thanked her for introducing us and explained to her that he was a remarkable man and a witness to alot of history. She and his grandkids should listen to him and record his stories. I never saw them again. They seemed to disappear about 5 years ago. Good Luck, Rick 


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Posted June 27, 2017 - 12:02 PM

Agreed Rick. I thoroughly enjoy speaking with folks older and wiser than myself. I've always had a comfort level there, probably because my parents were so much older than myself. I tell my kids, "they've been where your going, you might want to pay attention to what they have to say".


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