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Offline Speed Limit 1000

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Re: Australian Belly Tank
« Reply #5535 on: January 24, 2018, 06:38:04 PM »
And you had to cross the ropes 'cause you drive on the wrong side of the road over there?  :|
Wayno
You'll be the guy on the wrong side of the road when you get there Wayno, try not to kill anybody!
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Re: Australian Belly Tank
« Reply #5536 on: January 24, 2018, 09:05:37 PM »
James... mark me down for 1 of each.... and maybe double up on the ear wool.... I have trouble understanding folks from the US east coast... all y'all from the far island parts of south Texas are hard to understand  :-D
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MSA Bockscar Lakester #1000 my fastest mile 245 and change, 84 ci turbobusa motor... but Corey's 233 MPH H/BFL record is still 3MPH faster than mine.

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Re: Australian Belly Tank
« Reply #5537 on: January 24, 2018, 10:08:20 PM »
. Now Bob that sounds like a good idea and I know that this might sound a bit silly but before you go ahead get someone to check the haven't already got some in there in fact if you have get them to dig it out and check that there isn't some behind that already as well
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Re: Australian Belly Tank
« Reply #5538 on: January 25, 2018, 10:50:39 AM »
Doc, I really don't hear well anyway due to 34 years of jet engine noise and flying in extremely noisy airplanes....
so generally I only hear the voices in my head...  :cheers:
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Re: Australian Belly Tank
« Reply #5539 on: January 25, 2018, 12:53:40 PM »
Doc, I really don't hear well anyway due to 34 years of jet engine noise and flying in extremely noisy airplanes....
so generally I only hear the voices in my head...  :cheers:

My whole life I've been accused of the double of talking too fast and mumbling, the truth is I'm surrrounded by deaf people.

Did I mention that you need to arrange a day as part of your entry requirements to the country? Most people put it on credit, they just offer up the day after they leave as their security time deposit, it of course is returned when you leave. A little planning can avoid any inconvenience and have distinct advantages......for example if you"ve ever thought "if I ever have a day like that again it"ll be too soon, then here"s your opportunity...and, on your way home, well, think about it, double up on a day where it's all wins...a 48 hour birthday?....2 wedding anniversaries?hmmmm;, actually, that could be fraught with problems.

Your man in Vegemitania, six hours ago, tomorrow.

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Re: Australian Belly Tank
« Reply #5540 on: January 25, 2018, 09:16:26 PM »
Doc, been on that side of the line several times... like the place where America's day begins... and the footprint of freedom... with those aforementioned noisy airplanes.
So it takes 2 days to get there, but you return the same day.... We lose the 7th.... nothing planned that day anyway  8-)
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Re: Australian Belly Tank
« Reply #5541 on: January 28, 2018, 01:53:33 PM »
Got started with an attempt to close up the cowl where we windowed it to fit the rocker covers of the new Chev in. We could probably have got the motor a little lower, and a little further forward but at the critical moment our hair -splitting machine gave up the ghost. I put gaff tape over the holes and then a piece of fly wire, followed that with plaster. Hopefully we can lift the cowl off and glass the inside which will give us the minimum cover and then shape something up on the outside from there. It'd be really nice to shape something out of sheet aloooominumb but right now the clock is ticking....
The Colonel has built a new bracket for the DSP(thats dry sump pump, not disability support pension) as, try as we may we couldn't tension the belt. The pump body itself seemed to have a tiny bit of flex so the bracket was made of 3/8 plate and gussetted to minimize the force exacted on the pump itself.
Yesterday the administrator and I attacked the shed at the Lancefield Landspeed Labotomootory cockatoo practise range and Idiot Wonderland....house renovations are not forgiving on workshops... The successes include.
1./ I found the Moon discs(phew)
2./ My spray guns are all washed and ready to go
3./ You can walk around in there upright, and at normal walking pace, without a hazmat suit.
Less satisfying is my new inverter welder....can't get happy with the aluminium mig, if anyone needs replica birdshit i'm up to my ears in it here :x
« Last Edit: January 28, 2018, 02:41:21 PM by Dr Goggles »
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Re: Australian Belly Tank
« Reply #5542 on: January 28, 2018, 02:11:42 PM »
Only way i could make an aluminium mig work for me was turn the current and feed way up and move fast
 it still looks like cocky Subaru  but has some substance below
of you were closer i have a tig

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Re: Australian Belly Tank
« Reply #5543 on: January 28, 2018, 02:23:26 PM »
I did the bodywork on my old one, crank it and go dot dot dot, looks like mongrel tig and has pretty good integrity.... The old one had a switchable amp setting and a wire feed knob...this one has three knobs. They are "burn", "stick" and "hole" C.O.A.T.
« Last Edit: January 28, 2018, 02:42:18 PM by Dr Goggles »
Few understand what I'm trying to do but they vastly outnumber those who understand why...................

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Re: Australian Belly Tank
« Reply #5544 on: January 28, 2018, 02:26:55 PM »
Plus.
Just because I thought maybe I'd forgotten something I went and watched some instructional videos. Turns out all I'd forgotten is I am an experiential learner who cant be taught anything
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Re: Australian Belly Tank
« Reply #5545 on: January 28, 2018, 03:39:21 PM »
I have oxy/acetylene, a mig spool gun and tig. The mig is definitely in third place for any sort of body work. I consider it useful only for heavier sections that need to be joined quickly. These can look pretty decent. The oxy/acetylene and tig both do really nice work but the former requires much more practice and greater hand skills.

Keep thrashing guys and good luck.

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Re: Australian Belly Tank
« Reply #5546 on: January 28, 2018, 08:34:03 PM »
As I said above on light guage Al I'd use the mig cranked and hot spot it. Looks like tig, worked well. This new welder has a brain in it, thats great for jobbing when youre doing repetition work.

I can but weld 16g steel no probs, that's not so easy on Al because there's no heat spectrum...welding .050 to .080 with an inconsistant gap and a machine thatjust wants to pnch holes in the job, make smut and stick to the tip...its enough to make someone who is self described as occasionally impatient, HOMICIDAL :x
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Re: Australian Belly Tank
« Reply #5547 on: January 29, 2018, 12:38:06 AM »
Why make things mental with welding?  Just use an extra layer of duct tape.

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« Reply #5548 on: January 29, 2018, 01:48:50 AM »
Why make things mental with welding?  Just use an extra layer of duct tape.

Can I get a letter from you for the inspectors Bo?
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Re: Australian Belly Tank
« Reply #5549 on: January 29, 2018, 10:12:36 AM »
Pete:

I am a rank novice to TIG welding aluminum but am committed to learning how. After spending far too much time looking at video's on how to, I contacted a fellow here in Wichita who gave me some very helpful tips. One tip nobody mentioned in the how-to video's was to bring amps to around 180, then use the foot pedal to start putting heat into aluminum parts at lower amps. Once heat is in parts to be welded, begin bringing amps up with the foot pedal until you see the shinny puddle. Prior to this, I would either quickly burn a hole or never start the weld puddle. Does this sound reasonable to you?

John