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  1. Aug 22, 2016 #41

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    Needed a tire bead breaker to get a tire off of my lawn mower wheel. Didn't have one. Used an engine hoist instead. Worked great. All I needed was a couple of 2 X 4's and a long eye bolt.


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  2. Aug 22, 2016 #42

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    It also is a good squeegee for spreading resin.

    If using T-88, be sure to mix it by weight.

    Wait until it sets up before returning it to your wallet.


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  3. Aug 22, 2016 #43

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  4. Aug 22, 2016 #44

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  5. Aug 22, 2016 #45

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    A jig is a tool for building airplanes. Started this thread so people may get ideas in building their own tools. Pictures of the Bearhawk landing gear jig. Built about 10 sets of LG's from this jig.


    Also pictures the LG jig for aligning the axles then weld the LG attach fitting to the lower longerons.


    As you can see, I stored the SSSC the same way the military did the Piper L-4's in WW-2. Made more room in the hanger/workshop.
     

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    Well.....I consider these forums like an electronic tavern or coffee shop. If you are sitting around talking with your friends about bending brakes and one of them asks you what your EAA # is are you going to jump his **** and say "scrapper, stay on topic. We're talking about bending brakes." I'm not. I'll work back to the topic if there is something profound to say.
     
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    Oh man, that's some bad azz jigs.
     
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  9. Aug 22, 2016 #49

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    to fit a vacuum pump onto a Lycoming, you need a 7/16 th wrench with a bend in it to get one of the bottom two nuts on tight. I have a wrench cut, welded and ground to fit exactly.haven't fitted a Lyco vacuum pump in twenty years but I still have it....one of the most common homemade tools I've seen is a bungee cord tool for Cubs. One guy bought a genuine one and a few of us made copies. great thread, too.
     
  10. Aug 22, 2016 #50

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    Many years ago, the Cub newsletter had an article on making a bungee cord tool for Cubs from an auto bumper jack. I built it and have used it many times. Works very good.
     
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    Pops if you can find it please post the instructions for making this jig for Shock Rings " bungee Cords". I am in the middle of trying to replace a set of these on an N3 Pup.
     
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    A metal cutting bandsaw I built from scratch about 18 years ago using gingery plans. Capacity is 12'' wide and a depth of 6". Ending up using it to build my tube bender and all the parts for my ultralight.
     
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    Now that's what I like to see. Nice job!
     
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    How 'bout this? It's a small brass hammer I made for the purpose of tapping bolts into tight holes without damage when assembling planes. The back side is polyurethane for an even softer "whack". The handle is a mountain laurel branch from the woods out back, with a shape turned to match an old wooden file handle I have that fits my hand just right.

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    Then there's this... it's not a homemade tool, exactly, but... a friend bent the axle in his Quicksilver in a hard landing, and we didn't have any kind of proper hoist to lift it off the wheels. We ended up strapping the root tube to the bifold hangar door, then raising the door until it lifted the plane off the ground (after checking to see that the airport owner wasn't around of course. :) )

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    They are all good, keep it coming, can't get enough tools.
     
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    I have a couple of 'stubby screwdrivers' i made from squaring off broken vacuum pump shafts and drilling a 1/4" hole in the end and driving 1/4" screwdriver bits into them, super tiny and the splines are easy to hang onto with your fingertips, and you can stick a 9/16"? ratcheting wrench over it to give enormous leverage in a super tight spot.
     
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    this a valve spring depresser for a Lycoming 150/180. I was running a 150 horse Apache on 100LL and the lead was getting in the valve guides and the valves were sticking. So being cheap like most of us instead of buying one I made this one out of a screwdriver and some junk. The tang hooks under the rocker arm shaft and the semi circle pushes down on the valve spring so the keeper can be removed. I used it several times with what we called "the rope trick" some may know about it for those that don't here it is what I can remember about it anyway. Pull the plugs, piston on bottom dead, feed the cylinder full of rope and bring the rope up tight against the valve with the piston to hold it on the seat, use the depresser to push the spring down and remove the keeper, washer and spring. Tie a piece of monofilament(call it cat gut around here) around the valve stem keeper groove lower the piston and push the valve and cat gut in the cylinder, fish the catgut and valve stem out the botton plug hole and polish it up if it needs it. Run the 1/2" reamer thru the guide a couple x; fish the catgut back in the cylinder I think we taped it to a piece of wire and worked it back out the valve guide then fished the valve back in the guide with whatever kinda junk you can make work thru the plug hole(bent up piece of stiff wire), back on bottom dead and cylinder fulla rope and against the valve and reinstall the spring and keeper. Saves removing the cylinder. First one took Buddy and I three hours, second one took 40
    minutes. I went to cargas from a tank in the pickup. No more sticking valves.

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    I made my own milling machine.

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    I've made a few real parts with it. It'll hog out .750x.750 at like.. an inch per minute. It's precision hasn't really been tested yet.

    I have also made a sheet metal brake.
     

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