New toy….. I mean tool…..

New toy….. I mean tool…..

I'm still trying to figure out which it is. Maybe it's both... a grown-up toy that's a cool tool. I have to admit I was pretty excited when the delivery guy pulled up out front and rolled up the door on the trailer. I took the day off just to make sure I was there. We got it off the truck and stashed it in the garage and that is when I realized... That this is a lot bigger than I thought it would be. Yeah, 4 feet long and over 2 feet…Read more …
Hi everyone……

Hi everyone……

Work has been keeping me busy, so I haven't even thought of posting. Now that I have a new position in the company and am no longer head of the Maintenance department and the sole Parts person I can post occasionally again. Yay! Lately I've been keeping my eye out for a grain mill, one of those things that takes wheat and turns it into flour and things like that. I had been holding out for the Cadillac of grain mills, a Diamant D525. Turns out I really don't like the thought of…Read more …
Keeping Busy…

Keeping Busy…

Posts have been few and far between since I have a few irons in the fire. I'm working on some emblems for a Datsun, the garden, finding rural property, a 3d printer build, and the usual clock and watch stuff. Yet, I still hear the question asked, "but you couldn't find just a few moments to post.....?" Lol. The garden is growing well. I'll post about that some other time. This year it's garlic, tomatoes, corn, pole beans, squash, watermelon, and the usual herbs. The coffee is doing good, saw flowers for the…Read more …
Old Radio success…..

Old Radio success…..

Nothing shows proof like a short video. The oscillating coil works and the radio lives! The coil is a 3RT-319A out of an Emerson BJ-200.     https://youtu.be/felcemdeU9QRead more …
More coil winding…

More coil winding…

The wire came in so time to continue this experiment. I finished unwinding the second of three coils on this item. The third coil is looking good on the meter and shows no signs of rot, so I will leave it and save Louis some tuning work. The outer coil was that mangled mess, so no chance of counting windings as I pulled it apart, but the second coil ( post 5 to 4 in my diagram) was in good shape other than the breaks in the wire and I got a good…Read more …
I’m back… and old radio parts

I’m back… and old radio parts

Ok, first post since returning from a trip all the way across the states...... and I'm not posting about the trip. I know, big disappointment, but I will post about it soon. Just not now. So dont ask when I will.   Right now I'm more interested in posting about a little experiment I have going on. A friend has an Emerson BJ-200 radio that doesn't work because the oscillating coil is busted. I wind coils, so I thought "Hey, what the heck it's already broke, right?" The last time I thought that…Read more …
I am not dead…. or lost….

I am not dead…. or lost….

I've just been busy. No property yet, but still in the search mode since I feel like time is getting shorter to get my butt on a parcel and get it set up the way I want it. I will be taking a road trip in the near future, out hunting for new road and places to see, maybe bring back a few new antiques to restore. I won't post anything on here while I'm on the trip since I don't know who¬† is reading this, and I don't want them knowing when…Read more …
Continuing work part 3

Continuing work part 3

It was another productive weekend in the garage/shop. I've been needing to get the valve work finished on the Fairbanks-Morse motor so I decided to tackle that. I wasn't comfortable with the bronze valve guide expansion rate in the cast iron when heating while running. We used Bronze valve guides in the cast iron heads when I worked for Harley, but replacement heads are easier to find for old Harleys than they are for this engine. So, I made a new set of guides in cast iron, to go in the cast iron…Read more …
Building a super mosin….

Building a super mosin….

I've been lazy about posting for a bit due to holidays, trying to get a piece of property, work, ect. Posting should pick up again, unless I get that property then I'll be moving stuff. I have been busy out in the garage, working on various projects. Lately it's been a mashup of small things from the hit-miss motor restoration to model engines and firearms. I took a series of pictures on the latest Mosin Nagant 91/30 overhaul and figured I'd share them with everyone. The 91/30 is a WWII era Russian rifle,…Read more …
Just flying..

Just flying..

Sometimes I just enjoy flying for the sake of doing something different that most people don't have the ability to do. If that sounds shitty, then so be it. It's the truth and I'm not going to apologize for it. I lost the ability to fly for a while due to a motorcycle accident, I wasn't cleared medically to be a pilot, and it was a rough time in my life. I can fly again, and I'm going to enjoy it while I can. Some pics from Friday. Oh yeah. It's raining in…Read more …