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Gary

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Gary last won the day on February 12 2012

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  1. small update, i've been working on cars and things again and the shed hasn't needed much more for me to work with the machinery enclosures gone, lots of random stuff i needed to store was on the floor so i started with a basic frame, screwed to the supports of the shed then welded shelves to that, and riveted some of the old tiny shed sheets i kept around. fairly rough but they do what the need to had some 'fun' refinishing some wheels for my other car, this pic gives a decent idea of the lighting i made. im going to replace it with better LED strip lighting eventually so the whole shed is lit.
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    '79 620 daily

    still got it, its sitting safe in my shed. lots of other things have taken priority but ill get around to bringing it back eventually :)
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    Photobucket & Ratsun

    yup, i bit the bullet and put the album in slideshow mode, then used dtaoneclick for firefox to download them all individually :\
  4. Gary

    '79 620 daily

    well photobucket has shit itself finally, and it wouldn't let me download my albums ('something didn't click'). i've managed to get all the images back, but all the links in the previous posts are going to be busted. not overly keen on going through 1400 or so images so i've uploaded them to this album if theres anything useful in there you want to see: https://ibb.co/album/m17gyv
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    J series timing

    shit sorry dude, haven't checked ratsun in a while. i just finished going through backing up photobucket images since they went and did what they did. i'll update my post with imgur links for now for you edit; looks like img tags arent allowed now so i can't give you image previews in the post. i've uploaded the images anywho so but ill try work out how to display images again. edit: ahaaa fixed. i was trying to image tag a url :huh:
  6. i've been spending a lot more time on cars recently so work has been going into them and some random things around the shed for storage. i made this that hangs off the mezzanine for powertools and things a big pain in the ass is what i do with tools when i've just finished using them. i forget where i dropped them or they're always where i'm not, so i made this to help i was stressing out over some weld tests for mmaw a while back and ended up putting myself in bed with the flu because of the fumes. i made this quickly so that wouldn't happen again. useless for most of the things i make but really good for small things like welding coupons. the shed went from very hazy after an hour to crystal clear after a few hours. im not sure how long the fan will last, it's just a bathroom fan. i've been getting progress in on some cars for a change and one of them needs lots of work with the lathe, but the old enclosure i made was terrible. machining is tedious enough without being uncomfortable doing it. both the mill and lathe were uncomfortable to use, and their old stands were huge and taking up too much space so i salvaged some 200mm SHS from work, cut up some of the old enclosures for 20mm and 30mm SHS and made much smaller, much higher much easier access stands for both machines. makes a massive difference. they wobble a little so i need to brace some things but overall they work fine. since i'm losing the old enclosures i've also lost some of the storage space they had. i was planning on getting aluminium for these yesterday but the place i go is closed over christmas. here's what i had in mind anyway, shelves that don't go to the floor so i still have the space to manouvre cars on dollys around the shed as i need to. i'll get a light under the shelf near the lathe too so i can see what tolerances i'm going over.
  7. gutters finished, then final shed inspection by the local council. all was ok except the downpipes from the top roof. they said i had to make them discharge over a longer distance which i thought it was pointless but ironically a few weeks after i'd made them we had probably the heaviest rainfall we'd ever had. i was watching it and i can kind of see why they want them, the bottom gutter would easily have overflown at the ends without something spreading out the flow. i made them up as i went a long, they're probably not ideal but they do what they should do i needed lighting so i worked out a reasonably cheap and simple way to do it. i started with a 12V power supply and used decent gauge speaker wire to some switches, then wired from there to those LED adhesive light ribbons you can buy from ebay for cheap. i got some aluminium channel and stuck the strips to that (but because of the heat i cabletied them also), then riveted them to various bits of the shed. for the mezzanine i riveted little neo magnets to the channel and it works ok. i think they were SMD5050 LED's i can't remember now. i haven't done the whole shed yet, ill do them as i need them i think.
  8. finally got the roof screwed down properly got some gutters up and some downpipes in place. messed up the gap a little :( but almost done!
  9. i had to move some cars beside the shed a little more digging and cut a nice hole all fitted and glued together. you can sort of see how out of level the ground is here i got some dirt bought and delivered. not as clean as i'd have liked but it was cheap i had to fill in the trenches obviously but also level out one side of the shed and make as shallow a gradient to the shed door as i could. its still not very level but at least built up more, looks much nicer. i'm thinking about top soil but might see how the grass takes to this first
  10. i'm glad it inspires :) i couldn't find many like this when i was trying to figure mine out. there were lots of nice looking garages and man caves and things but not many that you'd really be able to work out of. i've had help here and there and i've got help available when i need it too which is nice. you sort of get used to doing things yourself and at your own pace i made the mezzanine heavy because i'm no engineer :huh: should be safe for a few more engines up there and still be able to use the chain lift though
  11. yesterday there was a big downpour which softened everything up real nice. much easier digging after heavy rain. i got most of it done just needs gutters up and roof screwed down properly
  12. some olddd sheet steel. i tried sand blasting it but i don't have enough psi to pull it off. nor patience, sandblasting sucks. i kind of like how it currently looks anyway these two will make the floor, like this having storage is gooood. a bike is up there, a spare engine and the sewing machine i used for the 620. feels like i have a whole shed again. moving on from mezzanine i had to work out storm water drainage. i don't like digging. getting there though
  13. aand standing by itself. the legs weren't in the right place, i needed to work on drilling the slab so the legs could bolt down. eventually did that and got the second beam up and in. was a bit of a squeeze but hammered it in ok hell yeah mezzanine. looks better than i thought it would structural fasteners to be sure messing around with the hoist, it lifts to about 1800mm clear but since the mezzanine is there some cars are limited to about 1400 i swung by a place liquidating stuff from a closed mine. i got a good chain lift and trolley for cheap as, works good. having a lift that high is really really handy. i can work with much heavier things easily now
  14. the welder started clipping out on those gussets since the runs were long. a short break after each was annoying but still worked out ok. my MIG was getting a little carried away, its supposed to be good for 240A i was lazy and welded out of position, all groove welds though sure why not assembling a little more, was starting to take shape now wat last bit to get together was the beam at the top, it needed a few gussets i didn't get profiled and some holes i didn't drill previously so had to plasma cut. i thought about it, assembling one piece at a time would be better on my lifting tools, but impossible to do because of the height. and less safe when working that high. so i got a bigger ram for my crane (air operated now which is nice) and bolted the mezzanine together on the ground ready to lift it all at once big lift, so i worked on the hoist a little more and got it working so i could use that. i was a little worried since it was at full extension and only lifting on one end, and lifting to full height too. but i kept an eye on it all and it went up without much of a problem. no progress pics though, i was too busy jumping at every creak made by anything in the shed at the time during the lift.
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