Nice Job Uncle Paco 👍 😀My Nephew in LV ordered an all Aluminum winch bumper and had it shipped to my location. I inspected it and cleaned up a couple of rough welds prior to having it blasted and powder coated the same color as both bumpers on Big Red.
The bumper is made by Victory 4x4.
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A nice looking design.
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The back side was also impressive with good choices of reinforcements.
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My Nephew drove down and we set out to install the new bumper on his 17 Tacoma.
I used a laser level to plot some dots for a cut line. The truck was leveled first by adjusting tire pressure.
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I cut the passengers side while he watched, then I cut him loose on the drivers side. I set up a 5" hand grinder with a 5" cut-off wheel (no guard).
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Ready for the bumper to be fitted. I used the lift to keep my back straight. Although the new aluminum bumper only weighs 48 pounds, it's still a little awkward to handle.
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We tossed close to 25 pounds of cut waste so he only gained 23 pounds but the new bumper is much better than the plastic and light weight aluminum crash bar.
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The new bumper installed and driving lights wired in.
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My nephew cut this side and it looks great. He was nervous when it was his turn to cut. My advice to him was simple.
Take your time, let the wheel do the work, watch your depth, mind your fingers and lastly "what's the worst that can happen.....you buy a new bumper and start over. Seriously, I use this philosophy everyday in the shop when working on some expensive piece. I have messed up my fair share of things over the years, but what we learn from our mistakes and how we handle it is the real lesson.
He did well on his side.
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My side turned out nice too.
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I'm working on custom sliders for him next.
So why would the tolerance on a medical piece of equipment be less than when you machine a part? I would think it would be the same or better? Any thoughts? Or is the Dr. just spewing info and doesn't have the in depth knowledge of the machine and it's capabilities?He stated the accuracy of this new technique is within 1/2 millimeter. To me that's 0.020" of an inch, not acceptable for machining a part but better than free handing it like it's been done for years.
OK PACOWith the work completed, the tap was dismantled and the main frame painted with black epoxy.
While the paint was curing, I then turned some aluminum plugs to press into the pull handles that will eventually thread onto the actual taps.
Here you can see the tap cutting new 3/8-16 threads that will thread onto the tap.
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The handles are complete.
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You can see the aluminum plug that was turned and pressed in followed by drilling and tapping.
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A front view of the tap handle looks like what's found on a pump panel. Same history on these pull handles. They saw years of service with Tucson Fire. View attachment 643714
Reassembly after the paint cured. Almost complete, one last gauge to install, thread on the handles, and then move into location and hook up the beer.
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Here it is in place and in service.
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A peek from the left side show why the step in the rear was required.
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A centered shot. The 2-1/2" hose was braided and installed by another member and will be trimmed out along the bottom. This hose saw many years of firefighting service with TFD. The frame around the mirror was once a fireman's pole base supporting three poles. This particular base was pulled from service prior to 1970 and remained in storage until now (the same warehouse were I sourced the pole for the bar stool foot rest). I don't know the complete history but it was utilized for many years by TFD. The large round speaker in the reflection (top of mirror) came from old station 1 (HQ), apparatus bay. There were several in the bay of old station one. These speakers were where our dispatches would sound off from. The round design gives way to the early 70's.
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BTW, the round speakers were refitted with JBL quality speakers. The bar woodwork was done by yet another retired member and friend of mine. The thick counter used as a bar was an old shuffleboard that came from our original hall. This thing is quite old as well. The bricks came from old station 4 that was demolished about the time I started with TFD. Our union president was a mason prior to becoming a firefighter and laid them up. Lastly, at the base of the bar you can see the repurposed fireman's pole used now as a foot rest. I did this a few months back prior to my failed knee surgery.
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More on the Maltese later...