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 …
Mead update

Mead update

The fermentation slowed to the point I decided to rack the contents and check the alcohol and sugar levels. The alcohol is at 8-10% and the sugar is still in the 22% range, which gives a slight alcohol taste and a LOT of sweetness left. In fact it's too sweet, so I decided to filter out all the blackberry seeds and pulp put it back in the jars and ferment it some more. Filtering out the seeds is just a matter of some cheesecloth and a funnel. Yup, made a bit of a…Read more …
Picking up another airplane

Picking up another airplane

Another student disabled one of my airplanes, so we had to go do a recovery run to Pismo/Oceano California. The propeller on our Tomahawk took a bit of a beating, and when there is the possibility that a propeller impacts the ground or a heavy object the entire engine must be disassembled and inspected before it can fly again. Since we can't fly it back, it had to come home on a trailer.   It was a nice day, sunny with a slight breeze and a temp of around 78 degrees. There was…Read more …
Continuing work part 2

Continuing work part 2

I did quite a bit this weekend and didn't think to get any pics of it. Just for the fun of seeing how it would turn out I stared the fermentation of 15lbs of red flame raisins in my main fermenter. It's just the raisins, a couple pounds of sugar for starter, and the yeast. I'll post more on it when I get the first taste and see if it was worth it. I also worked on the cast iron treadle base from the table project. I tried to braze one of the cracks…Read more …