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  • DanStokes
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    I have an empty enclosed cabinet up on the mezzanine and a bunch of what should be work tables downstairs that are covered with misc. parts and fittings and such. I'll see if I can get some he-men (read: younger and stronger than I am) to bring that cabinet down and I can then install shelves as needed and fill the cabinet with the stuff and clear out the center of the shop. First - get the stitches out.

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  • dave.g.in.gansevoort
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    Originally posted by Captain View Post
    It is good to do a Major Reset in your shop every now and then. Mine is coming up.
    The Spring Jefferson Swap Meet is the 26th & 27th.
    ​​​​​​We go through the ALL Parts Room Boxes & Shelves. Same for the Blue Barn and the Lower Barn.
    Broom out all the Dead Chinese Beetles, Shop Slag, and Cat Hair to find All Those Nuts, Washers, and Little Carb Springs that Mysteriously disappeared in the past.
    No swap meet, but same thing here. The stuff that showed up under the benches and in the corners is still to be sorted, categorized, and reshelfed. Well, maybe thrown in cans and boxes and put up on the shelves...

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  • Captain
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    It is good to do a Major Reset in your shop every now and then. Mine is coming up.
    The Spring Jefferson Swap Meet is the 26th & 27th.
    ​​​​​​We go through the ALL Parts Room Boxes & Shelves. Same for the Blue Barn and the Lower Barn.
    Broom out all the Dead Chinese Beetles, Shop Slag, and Cat Hair to find All Those Nuts, Washers, and Little Carb Springs that Mysteriously disappeared in the past.

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  • dave.g.in.gansevoort
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    There I go again, phat phingers phugging things up! Hit the wrong button...those last 2 pictures are of the small stuff workbench and my old welding bench. They're actually clean now!

    Today I got another new tool, a milling attachment for the lathe! But did nothing in the garage. Too damp! And the barometer was in the basement! My arthritis told me so...

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  • dave.g.in.gansevoort
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    ​ Hey, I've made good headway with cleaning up the garage and rearranging stuff in an attempt to make the tools more easily accessible.
    The picture is how the power tools shaped up. Seems usable, and the daily driver doesn't have to be out of the way for small stuff that needs some kind of fettling on those tools.
    ​ The rolling workbench behind the Whatever project has new no-phlat wheels and tires! And I've decided to use it to hold tooling and the like for the machinery. And there's enough room to get to the distributor machine and it's cabinet. Of course I still have to clean up and refurbish it...

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  • DanStokes
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    Originally posted by dave.g.in.gansevoort View Post
    Here's the question of the day I'm wrestling with: which transmission should be used in the Whatever project? I have a close ratio T10 and enough parts to put it back together with reverse gear. Remember, I acquired this transmission from a friend who took it out of a drag car that didn't need reverse, and needed a short transmission to fit the chassis.

    I also have 2 T5 transmissions, one a world class S10 transmission with a granny gear first, 4.03 I think. I have an adapter for it that spaces it back so that modifications to the input shaft are not required. The 2nd T5 is from a V-8 Camaro/Firebird, and is a non world class transmission. It bolts directly on to a GM spec bellhousing, but the shifter is too far back.

    This is not insurmountable, as I can swap tailhousings between the two transmissions, getting the forward shifter locatiin of the S10 T5, but losing either of the 2 speedometer mechanisms. One is electrical the other mechanical. That's really not a problem, as I have a quick change rear axle, and likely will use it a little bit. So for a speedometer I'm planning on using a GPS device to get a signal for the speedometer. So the considerations are as follows.

    T5: the shifter mechanism is all contained in the transmission housings. This means that there will be no levers, rods, clips, or other mechanical things to interfere with the the driver's legs and feet. This might be the biggest factor in the decision process. The V-8 transmission has decent gear ratios, and the S10 T5 has the forward shifter location. So, with minimal effort to get the tailhousings swzpped, I have a transmission that gives good gear ratios, has a good shifter location, and should be able to handle the power, given that the Whatever project is going to be much lighter than a V-8 Camaro. However the size is a little bit of a concern.

    T10: only 4 gears, no overdrive. External shifter mechanism. Has a mechanical speedometer drive. Smaller than the T5 transmissions and the case is smoother. Able to handle the power. Needs to be rebuilt, however I have most, if not all, of the needed parts. Gaskets and seals will be the only required purchases.

    So, you may ask, why the diatribe? I'm ruminating over which option to go with, as I will A-start to do the work required to get the chosen option ready, and B-divest myself of the remaining transmission(s). Decluttering the garage is one of the goals this spring.

    So weigh in with your opinions. It should be interesting to see what you have to say. And after the decision making process, I'll have some parts available for an interested party. I like swaps in case you are wondering... altho cash will work
    I'd say yes.

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  • Monster
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    Originally posted by dave.g.in.gansevoort View Post
    I'll take a picture of the inside of the Whatever project and post it.

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  • dave.g.in.gansevoort
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    Originally posted by Captain View Post
    My 2 worth.
    Do the tail housing swap on the T5. Whenever you DO Finish it, you will be doing MOSTLY Car Shows and Drive In Restaurant Cruising with it. A NICE dependable OVERDRIVE transmission is the way to go.
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    No fun crawling under your car to Pry Crossed Shifter Rods on a old side rods box and that odd one rod usually in the way for reverse.
    Captain, I'll take a picture of the inside of the Whatever project and post it. There's no crawling under for me. Everything is accessible from the top. And that's one of the reasons that is causing the consternation over which option to go with. Those rods and levers are going to be next to my ducks feet!

    If only someone had told me just how small a T body really is...

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  • Captain
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    My 2 worth.
    Do the tail housing swap on the T5. Whenever you DO Finish it, you will be doing MOSTLY Car Shows and Drive In Restaurant Cruising with it. A NICE dependable OVERDRIVE transmission is the way to go.
    ​​​​​
    No fun crawling under your car to Pry Crossed Shifter Rods on a old side rods box and that odd one rod usually in the way for reverse.

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  • dave.g.in.gansevoort
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    Here's the question of the day I'm wrestling with: which transmission should be used in the Whatever project? I have a close ratio T10 and enough parts to put it back together with reverse gear. Remember, I acquired this transmission from a friend who took it out of a drag car that didn't need reverse, and needed a short transmission to fit the chassis.

    I also have 2 T5 transmissions, one a world class S10 transmission with a granny gear first, 4.03 I think. I have an adapter for it that spaces it back so that modifications to the input shaft are not required. The 2nd T5 is from a V-8 Camaro/Firebird, and is a non world class transmission. It bolts directly on to a GM spec bellhousing, but the shifter is too far back.

    This is not insurmountable, as I can swap tailhousings between the two transmissions, getting the forward shifter locatiin of the S10 T5, but losing either of the 2 speedometer mechanisms. One is electrical the other mechanical. That's really not a problem, as I have a quick change rear axle, and likely will use it a little bit. So for a speedometer I'm planning on using a GPS device to get a signal for the speedometer. So the considerations are as follows.

    T5: the shifter mechanism is all contained in the transmission housings. This means that there will be no levers, rods, clips, or other mechanical things to interfere with the the driver's legs and feet. This might be the biggest factor in the decision process. The V-8 transmission has decent gear ratios, and the S10 T5 has the forward shifter location. So, with minimal effort to get the tailhousings swzpped, I have a transmission that gives good gear ratios, has a good shifter location, and should be able to handle the power, given that the Whatever project is going to be much lighter than a V-8 Camaro. However the size is a little bit of a concern.

    T10: only 4 gears, no overdrive. External shifter mechanism. Has a mechanical speedometer drive. Smaller than the T5 transmissions and the case is smoother. Able to handle the power. Needs to be rebuilt, however I have most, if not all, of the needed parts. Gaskets and seals will be the only required purchases.

    So, you may ask, why the diatribe? I'm ruminating over which option to go with, as I will A-start to do the work required to get the chosen option ready, and B-divest myself of the remaining transmission(s). Decluttering the garage is one of the goals this spring.

    So weigh in with your opinions. It should be interesting to see what you have to say. And after the decision making process, I'll have some parts available for an interested party. I like swaps in case you are wondering... altho cash will work

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  • dave.g.in.gansevoort
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    Originally posted by Captain View Post
    Somewhere buried in a old tool box, I have a hand me down "Dowling Jig". Someone gave it to my Dad, and he thought it would look better catching dust in my shop. I don't know if the instructions are in with it.
    BUT ....IF.....for some Reason I need to USE It,
    I know who to Contact.
    Hey, I remember using one of those once. Luckily for the wood it was actually really easy to use. Simple minds need simple tools. I had a rock on my toolbox back at the paper machinery company. It was a really good hammer to beat the parts into compliance. My specialty was precision gears and bearings. A rock just seemed to be appropriate for when the engineer came out of the office to make changes. BTW that was before I got edumacated m'self. Ahh, those were the days, fat dumb and happy! My only concern was Saturday night at the track. Methanol fueled small block Chevy. New tires were the biggest expense, barring instantaneous disassembly.

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  • Captain
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    Somewhere buried in a old tool box, I have a hand me down "Dowling Jig". Someone gave it to my Dad, and he thought it would look better catching dust in my shop. I don't know if the instructions are in with it.
    BUT ....IF.....for some Reason I need to USE It,
    I know who to Contact.

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  • DanStokes
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    Mine are beachwood and they swell up when the absorb glue. Not flaky or yummy but they DO work to join (or rejoin) wood.

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  • dave.g.in.gansevoort
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    Originally posted by DanStokes View Post
    Just like metal only you use glue and sometimes biscuits.
    You'd never use my biscuits, they're too flaky! And buttery! Mmm, biscuits! And honey!

    The system is acting weird! Just took a look after watching the last 5 laps of NASCAR (yes, I was napping), and it was asking if I wanted to discard or restoe previously saved content. That's it above, same as the previous post. It's not me! It's the ghosts in the machinery...

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  • dave.g.in.gansevoort
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    Originally posted by DanStokes View Post

    Just like metal only you use glue and sometimes biscuits.
    You'd never use my biscuits, they're too flaky! And buttery! Mmm, biscuits! And honey!

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