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post #1996 of 41962 Old 11-15-2011, 09:03 AM
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I am still on the fence if I want to do the desert wranglers ride on Sat morning or do something up in the spring mountains area... my kid is home from daycare sick today... hopefully he will be better by sat!!

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post #1997 of 41962 Old 11-15-2011, 10:19 AM
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The finished product looks great. Do you have tube bending software or did you get results like that by just eyeing the bends?
I've tried bending software a few times and all sorts of gizmo like bending layout devices over the years but when it comes down to it I keep falling back to a very basic list of tools and supplies and just some brain power of sitting back and thinking about what I'm doing before I do it. LOL

Basically I lay all my bends out using a mix of the following...

Tape measure, sharpie, small protractor, two 12" straps 1/8"thick x 1/2 wide straps of steel with a bolt at one end to work as a large protractor or angle gauge kinda, a sample 180 degree bend of tubing and that's about it.

Honestly IMO the hardest part of working with tube is the notching! For me at least that's where I make more mistakes then anywhere else in the process.

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I don't know about 110 vs 220 all I do know is I have done 1/4 inch thick with my 110 and it worked great. The draw of the 110 is you can do all the "hobby" welding you want and not have to worry about where your going to plug it in. The right 110 will pretty much do what ever you want. If I welded for a living then yep 220 it is for the average guy 110 will do just fine.
I agree somewhat here but.... I used to think the EXACT same thing! I even bought the gas conversion kit for my little 110V lincoln and that was decent. I VERY RARELY weld thicker then 3/16" let alone 1/4". Then I got the 220V welder and it's not that it's capable of thicker material that makes it better. It just flat out welds better. I'm not a pro welder so I actually can't even really tell you why it does. It just does...

Anyone that's curious... You're all more then welcome to come by and burn a weld with my little 220V lincoln 175. Bring something you're used to welding up material wise or play with some scrap I probably have laying around. I assure you if you currently have a 110V welder you'll leave knowing there's a very night and day difference in the way the 220V welder welds that exact same material. Like I said, why? LOL I have no idea!!! HAHAHA


Same goes for anyone that wants to do some tube work or even just learn tube work. If I have space and time I'm usually down to help out with small projects if the person is willing to help out and wants to learn. Again, I'm no "pro" I sit at a computer 9-5 and design car parts. At home I'm a hobbiest building toys I can't afford to pay others to build for me so I've forced myself to learn instead. If it's the "right" way I'm not sure but I'll bet most of you would be impressed with a lot of the stuff I've done. My toyota truck is a running resume for what I do as a hobby basically. Welding in the rear bumpstops on it tonight actually and hoping to take it out for it's virgin test run in the dirt! Hopefully nothing falls off!!! LOL
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post #1998 of 41962 Old 11-15-2011, 10:25 AM
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BTW, I really want to start getting out with you guys more in the jeep! I'm heading down to the havasu/parker area this weekend to play with the jeep and will be out of town next weekend also but possibly Dec I can start being more active! From the pictures I've seen around here it's on par with what I want to do. Get out and explore! Learn to use my GPS. Not looking to be the rock crawling king! Just out to put it in 4lo occasionally and explore the local deserts! I know virtually ever 12" wide goat trail in nelson hills from all the riding I do on my dirt bike out there but I want to get out and enjoy the jeep for what it's meant to be doing!
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post #1999 of 41962 Old 11-15-2011, 08:48 PM
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Here are pictures from todays YouStupidBunny episode. That's the target for today. That tailing pile up there. It's much higher than it looks in the pictures.

Davidson, check it out. My skies are as blue as yours now. I adjusted the white balance of my camera and the results are so much better now. I guess the auto settings weren't as smart as I thought they were.
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post #2000 of 41962 Old 11-15-2011, 08:50 PM
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There's Mrs. StupidBunny monkeying around the adit (entrance).
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post #2001 of 41962 Old 11-15-2011, 08:54 PM
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Here's one of the ways in. I have no issues rappeling over a ledge, but even though that board was sturdy and the drop wasn't that far, I had to concince myself to walk across it.
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post #2002 of 41962 Old 11-15-2011, 08:56 PM
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The drop below this was well over 100 feet, so we didn't walk across it.
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Yeah, I wouldn't walk across the 50+ year old board. Instead, I roped up and climbed down the 50+ year old ladder.

Climbing back up was the only time I was ever scared in a mine. From the bottom, about 15 feet up, My hand started to shake and got weak. I have a neurological issue and hand tremors and limb weakness happen from time to time. I had no choice but to keep heading up. Several times, I didn't think my grip was strong enough to hold me. I almost fell transferring to the second ladder. I actually thought I might die today.

I really need to re-evaluate my condition and reconsider trying to live like I'm a healthy 20-something year old.
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I hope noone was at the end of that rope when it snapped. Even with both of our powerful lights, we weren't able to penetrate the bottom of that winze (vertical shaft).
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post #2005 of 41962 Old 11-15-2011, 09:06 PM
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This is another mine in the same valley. This chamber was much wider than my wide angle could capture. They left columns like that throughout this area.
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Deeper into this mine maze, you can see where the miners tunneled along this smooth fault line. At one time, this was all horizontal.
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post #2007 of 41962 Old 11-15-2011, 09:12 PM
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Looks like they found what they wanted are started tunneling straight up along the fault. This kept going up and up. Not sure if the support timbers were there for them to climb up or to prevent the area from closing back together.
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Last picture for today. On our way out of the valley my wife asked me to stop so she could try to zoom in on the bird well off in the distance. Our camera has a 36x zoom, so getting close is easy, but finding a moving target at full zoom is entirely by luck. We didn't even notice there was a car all the way across the valley until we got home and uploaded.
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The last time this hand tremor and weakness thing happened it turned out to be a transient ischemic attack and my neurologist admitted me into the hospital. I'll probably disappear for a few days. See you men another day. Be safe.
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post #2010 of 41962 Old 11-15-2011, 10:19 PM
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....Thanks for the Share again YSB. Hope your alright..
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