A few photo highlights of today.
Above, one of the parts that came up on my Sunday scratch and dent sale. It was more of selling off some good and useful orders design stuff in a hangar cleaning. Builders responded in a way that was a little surprising, most of the stuff sold in a few hours.
Above, a pile of stuff going out at the Post Office today. I’m trying to develop a reputation for fast service.
First weld of the day, an O2 sensor port added to a Zenith Exhaust. This is for a Innovate 3918 Air/fuel unit. This pipe was purged inside with argon before welding.
Guest welder Bryce Gilbert using my home made (25 years ago) rotating welding stand to weld up pipes to carb flanges for intake manifolds. The picture didn’t capture it well, but there is a argon purge line going through the top of the clamp feeding inert gas to the inside of the part, otherwise it is a very poor weld. 304 stainless requires this. When we work together one or two nights a week, generally I fabricate and Bryce welds. The parts here have already been band sawed to rough length and squared up on my lathe. The inside gets turned again after welding. There are about 20 more steps to make a rather simple looking intake manifold.
Above, the weld beed on the carb flange to intake pipe. When I TiG weld a part like this, I use the pulser and hand motion to produce the ringlets. Bryce prefers to go old school and does this purely with pedal manipulation.
Up pipes for 18 intakes in process.
We also worded on oil pan installation kits. The center piece of the kit is a fabricated deep sump pick up. They start with brand new chevy pickups from a regular small block.
The fixture for accurately welding them is made from 1/4 of an old case. the ghosted structure is the same exact shape as the oil oil pan. The clamping bolt that holds the tab in place is an old distributor shaft, easy to turn without tools which gloved hands.
In the middle of the day I took a crated engine up to the huge freight terminal north west of Jacksonville, On the way I stopped my my fiberglass shop and picked up another five STOL bowls. When shutting off the lights I almost forgot to bring them inside. Would not have mattered, they are obviously water proof. End of long day, except a few more phone calls, 2 emails and typing this.