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  • Mick uploaded a new video
    Air Cooled VW - Hoover Mods
    Vintage Volks performs Hoover Mods on every performance motor we build. Watch the video as we explain what we do and why we do it. Please click the subscribe link to follow as we show, step by step, how we build our motors.

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  •   DeeEmm reacted to this post about 5 months ago
    Mick uploaded 3 photos in the album Workshop equipment
    Saw this cool looking valve seat jig for sale on Facebook, it's made by Hunger. The tools I have do not have a support and are just used by hand, they use the guide as the pilot. I'm assuming that these do the same but have the additional support for the tool. Pretty cool. I like that they have a handle to rotate the tool. Might make one up for my cutters when I do another set of heads.
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  •   Mick commented on this post about 5 months ago
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    Whilst Wray is working with aluminium in this video the techniques used are the same for steel. Well worth watching
    How to remove dents in aluminum
    Soft Body Dolly: https://www.proshaper.com/product/soft-body-dolly-filled-with-9-lead-shot-slapper-not-included/
    In this video Wray instructs how to remove high spots and dents in aluminum using simple metal shaping tools.
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    Another useful video from Wray Schelin.

    Everything you never knew about dollys.
    How to grind and polish your Autobody Dolly
    https://www.proshaper.com
    Soft Pad Adapter: https://www.proshaper.com/product/soft-pad-adapter-for-rotary-grinder/
    We recently purchased a few used auto body dolly's on ebay. Most of them had rust and dings all over them. This video will show you our process of grinding and polishing them to their former glory!
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    A great video on how to make your own slapper - a must-have tool for body repairs and metal shaping
    Metal Shaping Tools: How to make a Slapper (Part 1)
    http://www.proshaper.com

    In this video we will show you how to make a Sheet Metal slapper from the spring steel of an old office chair we found on the side of the road. Part 2 will go over the detail work for the handle along with any fine tuning we need to do to the slapper.
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    How cool is this DIY vapour blaster
    World's Cheapest Vapor Blaster? Zero Dollar Build
    This is a vapor blaster I built over the Sunday and Monday of a long weekend, taking about 14 hours. Everything I used for this build I had on hand. The cera...
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  • Did a couple of little projects in the workshop this weekend. Installed a steel rack to keep all my steel and aluminium stock tidy. Generally this stuff tends to accumulate in various piles around the workshop. Now it is all in one place and easy to get to. The rack simply hooks over the purlins.

    Also made another tidy for the chucks on my drill press. It is surprising how useful a simple bit of wood with holes in it can be.
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  •   Lloyd Durbin reacted to this post about 2 years ago
    Was tired of the mess on my welding bench and figured that I should be working smarter so I knocked up this bench tidy out of scrap offcuts. I feel more productive already.
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    DIY dynamic balancer
    Posted on Monday, 24 April 2017
    Have long thought about building a dynamic balancer. Very useful for crankshafts and blower rotors. Easy enough to build a very simple balancer and nowadays not too much more difficult to build an accurate one. Electronic controllers are very accessi...
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    Twin plug
    Posted on Wednesday, 12 April 2017
    Lots of reasons for going to twin spark such as less timing, cooler more complete burn and a more detonation resistant engine. Here's some jigs for drilling for a second plug
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  • Made up a valve spring compressor out of stuff from the scrap pile today. It's basically a bit of 150mm x 5mm flat bar for the base, a couple of lengths of angle to support the pivot bar and a handle that slides on the pivot bar that in turn pushes an arm to release the valve. I found a suitably sized washer to fit the valve spring retainers, it was deformed into a slight concave shape and so fits the retainer nicely without sliding off.

    I also added a couple of bits of angle to help hold...
    Made up a valve spring compressor out of stuff from the scrap pile today. It's basically a bit of 150mm x 5mm flat bar for the base, a couple of lengths of angle to support the pivot bar and a handle that slides on the pivot bar that in turn pushes an arm to release the valve. I found a suitably sized washer to fit the valve spring retainers, it was deformed into a slight concave shape and so fits the retainer nicely without sliding off.

    I also added a couple of bits of angle to help hold the valves in place when operating it and a small bit of flat bar at the rear to locate the cylinder head against. I made the pivot bar removable by securing it with 'R' clips. This will allow me to remove the lever arm should I need to.

    It works really well, much easier to use than the regular clamp style compressor that I normally use. Well worth spending a couple of hours on.
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    Roller lifters
    Posted on Friday, 31 March 2017
    Stock lifter bore = 19mm Harley roller diameter = 18.6mm The cam followers used in Sportster engines, K models, big twin side valve models, and the side-valve W model series were a slightly shorter version of the followers used in the larger mo...
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    Beehive springs
    Posted on Thursday, 30 March 2017
    Some info on single beehive springs. The biggest benefit of a beehive spring is that you can use a retainer of a smaller diameter - less weight. A bugpack or berg retainer is roughly 21g... a retainer for the PSI spring is roughly 11g (the same as...
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  • Mick uploaded a photo in the album DIY Tools
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  •   Mick commented on this post about 2 years ago
    Mick uploaded 3 photos in the album DIY Tools
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    Parkerising (chemical black coating)
    Posted on Sunday, 26 March 2017
    Cold parkerising kits - http://www.caswellplating.com/metal-finishing-solutions/black-oxide-kits/black-oxide-kit-1-25-gal.html Details Black Oxide Kit This new technique was developed by the commercial gun blue manufacturers as a more environm...
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    Quick Reference Info
    Posted on Sunday, 26 March 2017
    Displacement chart for easy reference
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    Basic head porting
    Posted on Saturday, 25 March 2017
    This is a reproduction of an article from the now defunct cal-look.com website. Preserved for future reference. Basic Head Porting By Thomas Simpson, aka. "Ohio Tom" Editor's note: No matter what type of engine you are building, weather it ...
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    Slapper
    Posted on Wednesday, 22 March 2017
    If you are doing sheet metal work and haven't made yourself a slapper, this is a great tutorial on how to make and use one... And a video primer too... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdLDOkEPFgA
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  • Narrowed bay beam how-to
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  • Come across this today. Handy information for those looking to get into voodoo and the black arts...
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    DIY Flow bench
    Posted on Monday, 20 February 2017
    Another future project; a flow bench. At some point down the track I want to get to the position where I can build and modify my own heads and test / verify the results on a dyno. Found these plans for a DIY flow bench whilst surfing for DIY Dy...
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    DIY Dyno
    Posted on Monday, 20 February 2017
    After being on the lookout for a reasonably priced Stuska Dyno (and not finding one) I've decided to have a go at building a basic engine dyno myself. I've got an understanding of how they work and have a basic idea mapped out, all I really need to g...
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