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Wire-Wheels

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Spent 50 years working in machanical trades. Never had a desk job, and.I am afraid.I have the body to prove it. ...J.D.
 

Wire-Wheels

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FEDEX just brought me.these yesterday. Working on filling.in the blanks in the toolbox. ...J.D.

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sikatri

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I’m inspired, at 60 I could have 20 plus quality years ahead! I dream of a space for my cars, motorcycle and wood shop when I retire. My wife retired a few years ago, but being the youngster I need to work a bit more.
 

Wire-Wheels

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Just an inexpensive set, but it fills in the blanks. I plan to replace any breakage with higher quality pieces. This is a way to get started. I machine some of my own pieces. My tap & dies have been pretty much bits and pieces, but I have a mini lathe and a large drill press. From my experience [retired almost 12 yrs.] it is best to buy the big stuff BEFORE you retire. I have two shops on this property. I bought it back when things were a lot cheaper, and I was a lot younger. The Covid-19 thing has given me new focus. I plan my projects a little ahead now so I am not setting around for a week waiting for pieces. ...J.D.

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sikatri

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Just an inexpensive set, but it fills in the blanks. I plan to replace any breakage with higher quality pieces. This is a way to get started. I machine some of my own pieces. My tap & dies have been pretty much bits and pieces, but I have a mini lathe and a large drill press. From my experience [retired almost 12 yrs.] it is best to buy the big stuff BEFORE you retire. I have two shops on this property. I bought it back when things were a lot cheaper, and I was a lot younger. The Covid-19 thing has given me new focus. I plan my projects a little ahead now so I am not setting around for a week waiting for pieces. ...J.D.

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I’m looking to get a metal lathe and mill before I retire. Wise words.
 

sikatri

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Do you have some experience in the machinist's trade ? ...J.D.
I’ve worked as a mechanic during my college years and had some machine shop courses so I’ve done it a bit, and always was drawn to machining parts. We had some old milling machines from WW1 naval ships donated to our college. They were old when I used them in the early 1980’s, but they were functional. I do all my own work on my cars and motorcycle and I have good experience in all things mechanical from drawing to minor fabrication. Not an expert, but understand the fundamentals. I look for tips from experts, so I will draw on the experience of those I know.
 

Wire-Wheels

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My machine shop experience is much the same. A little here. A little there. I am not.great at it. But it beats playing video
games. One thing I have planned this winter is a new shift rod for my America. I did not like the position of the factory heel/toe shifter. I have removed the stop for the shifter on the left footrest and added a.piece on the rod to lower the heel position. I want to make a new, one piece rod out of some stainless hex stock to replace the existing temporary setup. ...J.D.
 

sikatri

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Looking forward to following your project!
 

Wire-Wheels

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My thinking is by remaking the shift rod out of a little stiffer material, it will make it's shifting a little more precise. Here is what it looks like with the current rod in place. ...J.D.

Heel_Toe Shifter.JPG
 
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