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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by plane_ben, Sep 18, 2009.

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  1. plane_ben

    plane_ben XS650 Junkie

    Been doing some mock up on the rear rim for the Yamaha. Bought some Kawasaki rims for it awhile back. They were about an 1 1/4" to wide, so I made a few adjustments so they would fit the Yamaha spacing.
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    You can see the milling I did on the hub between hub and sproket.
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    This pic shows the brake backing plate still on the mill. I'm milling down to the blue line.
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    These two show the rim mounted. May still need to narrow the sproket side bearing seal area, as it is pretty close to the axle adjuster. I need to weld spacer washers on the inside of the adjusters so they fit the width of the 3/8" adjuster plates on the frame
     
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  2. Travis

    Travis Staff Member XS650.com Supporter

    Wow, great work as usual! What kind of mill do you have?
     
  3. shreveport1

    shreveport1 XS650 Addict

    Wish I had your tool's!! after the pics of that VW truck I'm not suprized to see this type of professional work coming from you....all i can say is WOW....:D
     
  4. plane_ben

    plane_ben XS650 Junkie


    I've had a little Shop Task mill/lathe for about twelve years or so. Comes in handy all the time. Funny thing about this last bit of work, this is usually a lathe task. But I couldn't mount either piece to my lathe chuck, so I had to do both on the mill. Lots of little X, Y moves on the sproket hub.
     
  5. Travis

    Travis Staff Member XS650.com Supporter

    That's cool, I've wanted a 3 in 1 for a couple of years. But from everything I've read, most people say to get an old lathe and old mill as separates because they are tighter. I almost bought an old southbend lathe for a $1,000 but didn't because I didn't know enough about what I was getting. I think a 3 in 1 is really what I need for space savings, but I want something that will last 25 years. Would you recommend the Shoptask, or any other 3 in 1? Seem like they are called shopmaster now
     
  6. plane_ben

    plane_ben XS650 Junkie

    I've been really happy with my 3 in 1. It won't do the real heavy stuff, or large size jobs. I have access to a full size mill when the projects get big.

    Travis, check and see if your local CC has classes in manual machining. Ours here in Tucson had a verity of machines. Good way to learn and pick up knowledge to properly check out that deal that springs up.
     
  7. crash

    crash XS650 Junkie

    nice work ,been looking at 3 in 1 lath for several months ,maybe i ll have to gat one now
     
  8. Travis

    Travis Staff Member XS650.com Supporter

    Ben, Yeah I thought about doing that, but it's hard to find one that has night courses around here. I'd really like to take a course or program that went over everything from manual machining, to working with CAD mills and lathes, to drawing in SolidWorks or AutoCAD. I'd like to be able to do the small stuff at home manually or with CAD attachments, and learn the software so I can draw up some cool stuff and have it sent out to be done if I can't do it with what I have.

    What do you have for motors in your Shoptask? What model is it? A Quadra Lift-1996?
     
  9. plane_ben

    plane_ben XS650 Junkie

    It's a quad lift model. I bought it in 1999. The motors are 110v/1hp each if I remember correctly.
     
  10. Travis

    Travis Staff Member XS650.com Supporter

  11. crash

    crash XS650 Junkie

    nice but alittle out of my price range at this moment:doh:
     
  12. plane_ben

    plane_ben XS650 Junkie

    That looks good. Still the same basic package I have, but looks like they added power feed to the 'Y' axis, and added a compund tool post. It would be a good investment for the home shop.
     
  13. plane_ben

    plane_ben XS650 Junkie

    Wow! I haven't posted in awhile. Six pages back! been a regular lurker though.:D I haven't been working on my project much this month, doing another short VW bus for a friend, and my daughters car started burning anti freeze. But I have managed to finish the rear wheel mock up. Made some spacers that ride on the inside of the axle slots, and take up the space left from not using the pull type chain adjusters.

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    Scrounged up an old Honda tank at the junk yard that I think I like. Fifteen dallars, so it won't break the bank if I deceide I don't like it. Funny, I put a Yamaha tank on my Honda bobber, and now contiplating a Honda tank for a Yamaha.:shrug:

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  14. Travis

    Travis Staff Member XS650.com Supporter

    I'm also looking forward to the girder build. :D Nice job with the spacers and adjusters.

    Got any pictures of the new short bus project?
     
  15. plane_ben

    plane_ben XS650 Junkie

    Hey Travis, here are a couple pics of the bus.

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    Last edited: May 5, 2011
  16. crash

    crash XS650 Junkie

    those buses are cool as hell,whats the final weight of the finished bus?
     
  17. plane_ben

    plane_ben XS650 Junkie

    A stock bus is around 1800lbs. this shortend version, about 1600lbs.
     
  18. Travis

    Travis Staff Member XS650.com Supporter

    Nice! those are so cool... Looks like a lot of work though! How long do you think it'll take to finish? And how much would someone have into a project like this?
     
  19. plane_ben

    plane_ben XS650 Junkie

    I'll be finished with it by end of Jan 2010, I'm just doing the shortening and some other repair work. Then the owner will take over from there.

    I put close to $6500.00 into my shorty single cab.
     
  20. Gordon

    Gordon XS650 Junkie

    Travis, I believe that the reason for the compression release was that only a 12 amp battery was available in '73. Yamaha didn't think that was enough amperage,so.Then the 14 AH. battery became available. I also believe that the starter moter's are all the same. Ben, you gotta be a young 'un, all that work on Hitler's Revenge! Nice work, I gotta say. Are you runnin' the later 2.0 litre's from the later van's? I had quite a few beatle's that I ran with the 2 litre. Or you runnin' the sixes from Porsche?
     

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