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Old 02-24-2009, 03:41 PM   #151
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Fair enough. I don't have a press at home (yet) but I tend to try and take the part out of the car (if possible) and go use the press at a shop I used to work at. Saves time (and annoyance!) overall.
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Old 02-24-2009, 03:56 PM   #152
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A press is just a cheap bottle jack in a strong frame. I was considering making a press out of an old jack and a bedframe once. That's what we'd call a 'widow maker'.
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Old 02-24-2009, 04:00 PM   #153
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Yeah - I could make one (have a welder and everything), but princess auto has them on sale every once in a while for less money than it would cost to just buy the steel for the frame. Next time I see a sale like that, I might pick one up.
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Old 02-24-2009, 04:05 PM   #154
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Fair enough. I don't have a press at home (yet) but I tend to try and take the part out of the car (if possible) and go use the press at a shop I used to work at. Saves time (and annoyance!) overall.
Yeah for sure. If you can take it out and bring it to the shop then that's definitely the way to go. But that's not always an option.

For example, I had to replace a brass bushing in a steering knuckle on my 540. Taking the knuckle out would have been a pain in the ass for just a small bushing. So I pressed the bushing out and in while it was still on the car with a home made press. sticking the bushing in the freezer overnight to help it get in easier definitely helps.
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Old 02-24-2009, 04:13 PM   #155
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Yeah - I could make one (have a welder and everything), but princess auto has them on sale every once in a while for less money than it would cost to just buy the steel for the frame. Next time I see a sale like that, I might pick one up.
They have one on sale right now if you're interested. I'd love to have a:

- press
- MIG w/ bottle
- parts washer
- small sandblasting tub

but my garage would be full then. Space is an issue, which sux.
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Old 02-24-2009, 04:21 PM   #156
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but my garage would be full then. Space is an issue, which sux.
Wanna trade garages?
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Old 02-24-2009, 04:28 PM   #157
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A press is just a cheap bottle jack in a strong frame. I was considering making a press out of an old jack and a bedframe once. That's what we'd call a 'widow maker'.
Yep, that's the type of press I have access to.
Last time I used it was to take out my outer balljoints...
15+ tonnes of force...Torch on it turning it red hot...
Bang!!! Ball joint to my right, control arm to my left, both flew 60ft+ into the walls.. Me standing their alone all stunned with a lit torch in hand telling myself "that was a really bad idea".
'widow maker' is exactly right.
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Old 02-24-2009, 04:32 PM   #158
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I built some kick ass shelving last night in the basement:



That might free up enough space for a few of the above items.
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Old 02-24-2009, 04:45 PM   #159
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They have one on sale right now if you're interested. I'd love to have a:

- press
- MIG w/ bottle
- parts washer
- small sandblasting tub

but my garage would be full then. Space is an issue, which sux.
I basically have all of that except the press.

However, my mig is on flux core right now (no bottle), the parts washer isn't set up yet, and I have a pressure-feed sandblaster instead of a tub, but still
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Do you have space to sandblast things like a valve cover and intake mani?

Or rather, do you have space for me to sandblast my valve cover and intake mani? I have a little one from Princess Auto, but it basically just shoots ****ing sand all over the garage LOL.

I've almost bought a MIG about 10 times now, but my father-in-law has a Lincoln I can use anytime and borrow I'm sure. I just can't justify the space used up for something I will use so infrequently.
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Old 02-24-2009, 05:57 PM   #161
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As far as space goes... it depends on the time frame! Right now, not so much (garage is full of cars) but when the weather gets nice enough probably. I haven't actually run this sandblaster at all yet - bought it to do some parts on my Jeep which I then sold. And yeah, it's very messy no matter how you do it, but this one should at least have enough power to clean stuff pretty well (I have one of the little siphon feed ones too and it doesn't do shit). I need to figure out how I can set up a "clean area" to collect all the sand... probably just set up some plastic sheet on the floor and as some "walls" around an area. Like I said though... no space at the moment, but you're welcome to use it when there's room

I think for a valve cover and intake manifold, you'd probably want to look into getting some glass beads or something - the sand I have here might damage aluminum alloy parts.

For the welder - that was a purchase for the Jeep as well, but it has come in handy for the BMWs as well. I got a pretty good sale price on it (it's the Mig Pak 15 from CT... has a different name on it now, but it's the 230V one). I haven't bought the gas setup for it yet, but I plan to eventually... the flux core makes it pretty tough to weld on anything less than about 16 gauge.
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Or rather, do you have space for me to sandblast my valve cover and intake mani? I have a little one from Princess Auto, but it basically just shoots ****ing sand all over the garage LOL.
I would suggest a bead blaster as duct taper mentioned. not only might it damage the parts, but if any of that sand is left over inside when you put things back together it wouldn't be too great for the engine

Also if you need some help I could help out doing a manual finishing on those parts. I'd like to think I did a pretty good job on my e30 parts finish looked almost factory when I was done.
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Awesome ideas guys..

Hopefully my most recent acquisition will be here for tomorrow night. Let's just say its somewhat of a shortcut.
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Awesome ideas guys..

Hopefully my most recent acquisition will be here for tomorrow night. Let's just say its somewhat of a shortcut.
Details please
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I built some kick ass shelving last night in the basement:



That might free up enough space for a few of the above items.
I might have to get you over when I move in, good work
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