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Unread 08-10-2011, 05:09 AM   #16
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Keith, None of the other skid mounting holes will match with this frame. I thought about drilling it but I would only be able to catch two holes and keep the skid in the same orientation for my TF999. The other trans mount positions would make my TF999 sit lower.

Red lines are about where I would have to drill the skid to use the existing frame holes. The other problem is they land right on the two "ribs" of the skid and there is not much lip there.

If I had to do it again, I would trash the factory skid and build my own. I spent days trying to get the one-size-fits-none skid bolted back in place along with the trans mount. If I have to remove it for any reason I will build one!

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I only have two busted nuts to replace. This being one of them. I was thinking about trying to strengthen all the other frame nuts by drilling 4 small holes around them just deep enough to touch the nut and then plug weld. Maybe 3/16 drill bit. Good idea? Bad idea? Is there a better method?
Paul, I repaired several like you have suggested but only drilled two 1/4" holes, it worked great.

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Unread 08-10-2011, 07:39 AM   #17
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Good luck, Paul!! Looking forward to watching your progress.
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Unread 08-12-2011, 06:18 PM   #18
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I have wanted to replace my small Craftsman compressor for a while before I get deep in my build. This evening I was crusing around in the Jeep and stopped in at a local hardware store. They have a 5HP, 80 gal Campbell Hausfeld (new) on clearance for 399.00 (DP5810-Q). From what I can tell it is only a single stage, but man.... the price is right! Anyone have first hand experience with this model? I may try to get the father-in-law down here tomorrow to help me get it.
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I have wanted to replace my small Craftsman compressor for a while before I get deep in my build. This evening I was crusing around in the Jeep and stopped in at a local hardware store. They have a 5HP, 80 gal Campbell Hausfeld (new) on clearance for 399.00 (DP5810-Q). From what I can tell it is only a single stage, but man.... the price is right! Anyone have first hand experience with this model? I may try to get the father-in-law down here tomorrow to help me get it.
I have pretty much the same compressor, but 60 gallons. I paid about $450 (IIRC). It is 240V, not too noisy, and it runs everything I have in my shop, including, DA and inline sander. I bolted mine to the concrete using Redheads, but I did not use rubber isolators. Use some kind of isolators! I have had no problems with the unit. It has been very dependable. I went to Northerntool.com (or someplace!) and looked at the customer reviews before I bought. I am happy and I would rcommend this compressor to you. Be sure to follow the break-in instructions. Let us know...
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Well, I picked up that 80 gal compressor. Price was too good to pass up. As soon as I get it wired up I will break it in and then start on plumbing the garage. Hopefully this week. Dang thing is HEAVY. Bout killed me and my buddy getting it off my trailer. Pallet jack would have come in handy.

I have everything I need to start repairing the nuts in the frame. Maybe next weekend I will have some progress to show. Since I will be welding nuts, I might as well order me up a set of Crabtree shackle hangers!
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Paul I ran my shop for 14 years with a compressor just a little smaller than that one. Even sandblasted with it at times. I think that will serve you well. I see a torch cart there too, I like the ones with the high wheels. Looking forward to seeing progress.
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Hmmm, new air compressor and oven in the shop. I can smell a home powder coating system in the near future when I see that! Now all you need is a sandblasting cabinet to complete the picture. If you decide to go that route, your gonna love it as it is easier then painting with instant results in about an hour.

The 80 gal compressor is nicer then my 60 gal but I never had any trouble keeping up with the sandblaster for prepping parts for powder coating.

I have that same HF 1 ton hoist in my shop too. Very handy to have to say the least. Between lifting axles, frames, engine, transmission and body tub, it more then payed for its self in no time. Get yourself some various length V-belts as they make great lifting straps for just about anything up to 500lbs.
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Unread 08-14-2011, 07:34 PM   #24
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As a matter of fact, I picked up Eastwood's dual voltage system a few months ago on sale! Have not tried it yet but it will get a workout soon enough. For those that like Eastwood products, you can always get free shipping by using the coupon code WELCOME. Been using it on every order for at least a year. May be old news. Got the oven on CL for 25.00!

Would love a blast cabinet but I am out of room in the garage. To work on 1 thing I have to move about 8 others things. I need a bigger garage. I do however have a pressure pot blaster I got for Christmas last year. Works pretty good once you modify it. Take off the mixer and drill it out to accept a copper pipe about the length of the pot. Drill a bunch of holes in the copper pipe (could also use PVC) about 90* and stagger up the length. Re-install. It allows the sand to enter the pipe from all over and since doing this it has never clogged.
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Good luck with your project, Paul! It's always good seeing how others overcome the elements of the unexpected!

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That was a great deal on the 80gl CF, I am abusing the 60gl model and so far it is holding up although the motor squeals when it gets hot. Also, the 60gl CF uses a plastic hose and push-loc fittings to connect the tank to the switch, when I run it really hot it blows the hose. I just leave a single edge razor on the compressor and when it blows I trim the end and reinstall it.
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You will have to change the break-in oil after about 30 minutes of runtime, IIRC. The drain tube on mine is short. You may want to modify it with a nipple to extend beyond the sides of the tank. On my 60 gal, CH recommends compressor oil or Mobil One synthetic 30 WT. A quart bottle is more than enough.
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Hangers are on their way Paul. Thanks!!
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Sweet!!! I think your hangers will also be my first attempt at powder coating.
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Sweet!!! I think your hangers will also be my first attempt at powder coating.
They ought to work out pretty good for that Paul. You won't have hardly any clean up since the metal is machined and no rust or other coatings on them. They will have a residue from the collant I use in the machine though, but dish soap is strong enough to get rid of that.

Thanks again and I'll look forward to seeing the powder coat job.
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