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Denny Graham Gold Member Dennis Graham
Sandwich, IL, USA   USA
1950 Chevrolet 3600 "Old Blue"
1954 Chevrolet 3600
Well.....still taint got a frame finished to put the body on,
which I'll be fabricating when I get the rest of the tools finished.
Kinda like putting the kart before the horse situation, but,
when I get rolling on the kart I want the tools to do it
my way. That's the worst part of being retired, no access
to the shop tools you're used to using throughout your
working years.

Just finished the stand and electrifying the manual bead roller
that I made 35 years ago. Still gotta turn some new rollers
since I've only got the one I needed when I built my Pitts biplane.
dg

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dBlast Vince De Blasi
Maple, ON, Canada   CAN
Nice work Denny!

I was going to say where did you buy this beautiful machine, but it looks way better quality than any store bought piece from China.

I can't wait to see what you actually do with the cyclekart.

Vince.

Woodysrods Silver Member Brian Woods
Westbank B.C., Canada   CAN
I like your control panel and foot pedal.
Did you tell us n another thread what these are and whee you accessed them?
Brian

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JTremain Justin Tremain
Oak HArbor, WA, USA   USA
Seriously cool! thumbs up Wish I had the knowledge/ skills to build things like that, saves a TON of money!



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Denny Graham Gold Member Dennis Graham
Sandwich, IL, USA   USA
1950 Chevrolet 3600 "Old Blue"
1954 Chevrolet 3600
Thanks guys, I would have been money ahead if my time is worth anything,,by getting
a part time job and buying one from Baileigh. But then I couldn't say, I made it myself.

The drive, i.e., 1/2 hp gear motor and speed controls are out of an old milling machine
X-axis power feed. Reversible and infinitely variable from 0 to 150 rpm, also fast feed
in either direction.
Would like to have the speed varied by the foot switch like a Tig welder but it works
just fine with the on/off foot switch and speed controlled at the control panel.

Now......on to the English wheel!
dg

Bitalli Vitaliy Koyy
Bathgate, West Lothian, UK   GBR
Hi Denny

The roller and screen look amazing! Can't wait to see your kart in progress!

Kind regards
Vitaliy

Denny Graham Gold Member Dennis Graham
Sandwich, IL, USA   USA
1950 Chevrolet 3600 "Old Blue"
1954 Chevrolet 3600
tks Vitaliy. Isn't it always those little things that take up all your time!!!!!
Spent a day on the net looking at depth stops and spring returns for the
upper roller. Then......I combined a few ideas and spent another day
machining the stop I came up with.
Did the same thing for the spring return of the upper roll and am now
waiting for material and springs from McMaster Carr.
At this rate I'm gonna be 76 by the time the bead roller is finished!!!!!!!
As I said before......if ya got the coin......call Baileigh and have UPS
deliver your bead roller, while you're sitting back watching Blue Bloods
on the T&V.......you'll be money ahead of building it yourself!!!!!!
Damn it's cold out there in the middle of the night, in the middle of December!

Denny Graham
Heading back out to the barn, in Sandwich, IL

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Bitalli Vitaliy Koyy
Bathgate, West Lothian, UK   GBR
Denny

I know how cold Illinois could be in the winter, most of my family live there so I stayed there through the winter.

Actually I am due to visit them soon, so I am going to pop in to visit you and your cyclekart next year or ther year after, whether invited or not ;-)

Kind regards
Vitaliy

Denny Graham Gold Member Dennis Graham
Sandwich, IL, USA   USA
1950 Chevrolet 3600 "Old Blue"
1954 Chevrolet 3600
Well there tain't much to see here Vitaliy, I'm pretty disorganized and a hoarder of all things.
But if you get in the area, you're more than welcome to stop by for a visit. I think the last
CK'er that stopped by fell off the edge of the earth or....maybe it was something I said.
Which town is your family from? I'm about 60 miles due West of downtown Chicago, IL
Does the UK make as big of a thing about the end of year holidays as we do here in the US?
Have a nice holiday,
Denny Graham
Sandwich, IL

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Wikispeeder Bruce C
Tewksbury, MA, USA   USA
In reply to # 28083 by Denny Graham Now......on to the English wheel!
dg

Oooh! What kind of wheel are you getting/building? I made a copy of the Imperial 26 inch frame and put a 9X4 set from Hoosier Profiles in mine. Very sweet. Hoosier was running a sale on the wheels last time I looked, so you might be able to pick up a premium set for considerably less.

-Bruce

Denny Graham Gold Member Dennis Graham
Sandwich, IL, USA   USA
1950 Chevrolet 3600 "Old Blue"
1954 Chevrolet 3600
Making my own design Bruce and am still working on that. I'm not going into the
auto coach works creation/restoration business, so the 8x2 wheel and anvils I've
had on the shelf for a decade will be quite adequate for the aluminum work I'll be
doing over the next few years.
I've had a stack of 1/4" wall 3 1/2" sq tube, for a couple of decades just waiting for
a project, so that's what the frame will be made from. Been trying to decide whether
I want the wheel fully adjustable or not Also haven't found a design that I'm happy
with for the anvil support/release/adjustment.
dg

Denny Graham Gold Member Dennis Graham
Sandwich, IL, USA   USA
1950 Chevrolet 3600 "Old Blue"
1954 Chevrolet 3600
Got a couple of the roller sets made up for
the bead roller I finished last month and I
rolled some test scraps.
Here are a few of the shapes that are possible
so far. Have a few more dies to turn, such as ones
for large round beads, but first......I need to make
a radius turning attachment for the lathe, so.......
off on another tangent....will they never end!!!!!!
Of course these shapes don't come out looking
very good on a plywood floor pan or side panel.

Thru in a photo of the Shrinker/Stretchers I made a
foot operated base for a while back. Makes for nice
compound shapes that can be used for curved channels
and angles around the body.

DG



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Bitalli Vitaliy Koyy
Bathgate, West Lothian, UK   GBR
Hi Denny

I am really excited about your coming cyclekart build process, and even judging by tooling and the scrap pieces, it's going to be really special.

Thank you for the invitation, my family lives in Streamwood, so really close.

People get excited about different stuff, and there are lots of exciting things for me to see in your garage!

Kind regards Vitaliy

Woodysrods Silver Member Brian Woods
Westbank B.C., Canada   CAN
Okay Denny!
Now you have got me doing it!
After finding my 24" Chicago Finger break yesterday, I have designed a table to mount it on, and have started refurbishing the break.
Just more distractions that keep me away from my aluminum body buildingconfused smiley........but I need the break for that.......Right!
Excuses excuses!
Brian

Denny Graham Gold Member Dennis Graham
Sandwich, IL, USA   USA
1950 Chevrolet 3600 "Old Blue"
1954 Chevrolet 3600
Nothing wrong with that Brian. I take this interest in Cyclekarts as a good
excuse to acquire/restore/build a lot of the tools that I've been wanting in
the shop for many years.
Was up a 03:00 this morning researching the adjusters for my English
wheel project. Gonna get going on that next. Also ran into a good deal
on a Grizzly 52" foot shear and same size slip roll. Also part of that
package is a "HEAVY "72" 12 gauge finger brake. Only problem with
getting the brake home is it weighs dang near a ton. The worst part is,
I gotta bring them all back from Mt. Home, Arkansas which is a 10-12 hour
trip on a good day and all I've got to move them is a 1/2 ton Silverado.
But.....then I have to find room for them in the shop before they get buried
in the snow.
Well....alll that's gonna have to take a back seat for a few days
because of he cold weather you guys have been sending us
and the snow removal. Spent about 6 hours yesterday and
looks like it's gonna be about the same today since the winds
have drifted it all back into the drive.
Have a good day.
Denny G

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