Brian’s Morning Newsletter for March 3rd 2009
Yeah, I just had to take some pictures of this baby before we painted it. No wonder I got something in my eye grinding on this. Boy howdy, that’s a lot of grinding.
No, it shouldn’t need so much grinding. Arc welding is inherently messy, add to that that the Rodgers’ boys are out of practice. You should see the floor of the shop, it is covered in grinder dust.
We made a stand to work on the turbine body. Obviously the base is a rim from a car, in this case it is a VW Rabbit rim since we have more wheels than functioning vehicles.
In the background, the gray box is our cheesy wire feed welder. It uses flux core welding wire to minimize slag build up, but so far we haven’t made it work properly. Slim wants to use it to weld on the fenders of a utility trailer, so he is going to buy fresh wire. We’ll give it another go and see what happens.
I’m standing on the welding table so you can better see the angles of the turbine body. In the above image the tail bracket is angled back and is off set from the tower pivot axis.
There is supposed to be more forward offset for the spindle housing on the left of the tower pivot point (the hole)
We may have issues with the blades being close to the tower because of this lack of offset.
There she is with the first coat of red paint. Pretty rough looking, it really was a lot of grinding?
Not bad if I don’t say so myself. The second coat went on yesterday, it looks better.