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General Discussion / Re: Vale Bob Tait
« on: November 14, 2017, 08:50:55 PM »
  Alison, Bob was also a history buff particularly in the area where he lived and wrote and contributed to many books and articles over the years.  He also wrote heaps of articles in different motorcycle club journals.  He sent me a copy of his last book called  ( Bear Apprenticeship ) and when I was talking to him on the phone he said not to take this book to seriously it had been written while trying to get himself out of the depression he suffered after death of his wife.  He was right it is a very tough read and jumps around a bit, although Bob was a bit like that even when we were talking, if he was rich he might have been described as a little eccentric.
  I have been reading through some of his old letters and photos today, in one he talks about going and buying the renolds 531 tubing then building the jig to make the frame for the original 3 cyl bike then after that was finished he cut out and hammered out the aluminium tank but got his mate up the road to weld it up ( He didn't have a suitable welder). He then said sorry I have to go now I have to pack the Norton ready to head off to the Isle of Mann the next morning and he would post the letter on the way.   He still owned and rode that bike right up to the last phone call we had  a few months before he died. It was fitted with a single side swing arm type steering that he had built and fitted back in the 80s I will see if I can post a couple of photos of it.
  I think I will miss my old mate more than I first thought.  Alex I to hope that someone finishes the project and that it's not just sold off for parts.

General Discussion / Vale Bob Tait
« on: November 13, 2017, 06:46:23 PM »
  Lost a mate in July this year.  Bob Tait who was probably the smartest man I have ever known, designed and built a 3 cylinder 500cc 2 stoke bike back in the 70's, doing most of the work himself including the frame.  He was building another one at the time of his death, this one a 750cc using 3 Greeves barrels but I guess that one will never get finished.  He designed the front end for the British land speed record attempt and wrote and published at least 2 books.  All of this is incidental, the fact is he was a really good bloke and a good mate of mine for a long time.
  He lost his wife a while back and never really got over it.   We used to talk on the phone for sometimes a couple of hours at a time, he was a very interesting fella and the time used to just fly.  I had been trying to ring him for a couple of months without success and because I met Bob when we were both members of the Dot owners club back in the 80's I contacted them to see if they new how he was getting on or if he had moved closer to family or maybe gone into a retirement village.  The last thing I expected to hear was that he had passed away.

General Discussion / gumtree
« on: October 13, 2017, 07:58:33 PM »

   Lately when I get onto gumtree there seems to be a problem getting to see the item I am looking for.  I asked to see steel beam and amongst the beams there were caravans, air conditioners and household items etc.  Is there someway where people pay money so their ad appears on screen no matter whether it has been asked for or not.  This seems to the only answer I can think of.

General Discussion / caller ID
« on: September 30, 2017, 08:37:59 PM »

   Ever miss a phone call and wonder who it was.   Well  I came across this while browsing. Type in a landline phone number and it shows the name, address etc.   It will also work with  mobile numbers but they must be listed in the white pages.


General Discussion / Re: New forge photos
« on: September 11, 2017, 09:48:44 PM »

  Thanks Alan, I won't ask how you did that but it has made a hell of a difference.

General Discussion / Re: New Forge
« on: September 11, 2017, 07:59:37 PM »

  Just purchased myself an old English made anvil, so I have just put my old anvil and stand up for sale on Gumtree.
Hopefully it will sell quickly.

General Discussion / Re: New forge photos
« on: September 11, 2017, 07:42:33 PM »
  I got mine from Saddingtons.  They always have damaged blocks in stock and you can pick them up very cheap or even free if your lucks in.

General Discussion / Re: New Forge
« on: September 10, 2017, 09:04:11 PM »
  I have opened a 30 day free account with ( Imageshack ) to see how it works. First year costs less than $15. I put the photos on a new tread ( New Forge Photos ) so that anyone interested will see them, I thought that some, not knowing they were there might not reopen the original thread.
  The posted photos are copied and pasted onto here just like photobucket but the end result is not quite as good.
 One of the main reasons I decided to build the forge was to do small heating jobs that I used to do with my oxy/acet, but I am very low on gas and no way of getting anymore supplies, so I will now only use it for welding.   LPG is a readily available and a lot cheaper to buy and use.
     Hope you enjoy.  Zane

General Discussion / New forge photos
« on: September 10, 2017, 08:44:34 PM »
  This is a photo of the Forge on it's stand. You can see the acetylene regulator I fitted, the BBQ type reg restricted the gas flow to much to the home made burner which goes into the top of the forge.

  In this photo you can see the position of the Hebel blocks and the fire bricks that make up the floor.

 This is the view from the back and it shows the insulated door which when open allows me to put longer length steel through if I need to heat it in the centre and when closed helps retain the heat.

 The next 2 photos show the Forge with the front sliding doors in open and closed position. The sliding doors allow me to close them,  just leaving room for access to the heat.

These last 2 photos show my home made anvil and heavy stand, in the 2nd photo you can see the Hardy hole plus the 12mm round hole.

General Discussion / Re: New Forge
« on: September 07, 2017, 07:56:05 PM »
  Well that didn't work, friggin photobucket.  This is probably another reason why the build threads have slowed, nowhere near as interesting without photos and I for one refuse to be forced by photobucket to pay money for what has always been free.  You would think that they would be getting enough money in from all of the ads on the bloody site.

General Discussion / New Forge
« on: September 07, 2017, 07:54:53 PM »
  Just finished building myself a forge and also an anvil.  The forge is made with a metal outer box and insulated with Hebel blocks around 100mm thick and with a floor made from fire bricks.  It has a insulated door on the back and sliding doors on the front to keep the heat in. The forge is mounted on a trolley so it can be moved out of the way when not being used. The unit is heated using a home made gas burner and is capable of temperatures hot enough the forge weld.  The gas cylinder is also mounted in the trolley under the forge.  I can't afford to buy a real anvil so I made one out of a billet of steel about 160mm square and 360mm long.  I didn't fancy drilling a hole through it and then having to file it square for a Hardy hole, so I drilled the hole on my mill and then cut the female end off a 3/4 inch socket extension bar which was a press fit for the hole, now that it's filled it makes a nice Hardy hole to mount my anvil accessory tools.  The anvil is mounted on a robust frame which brings it up to a good working height. Welded on a couple of brackets for tools then made myself a forging hammer, now I'm ready for some black smithing.  I have attached a couple of photos of the forge and also one of the anvil.



General Discussion / Welding gas choices
« on: July 31, 2017, 05:47:46 PM »

  just signed up with BOC to supply me size G mig welding gas.  Never thought I would have anymore to do with actually hiring a cylinder,  was prepared to buy and save money.  But the current deals are worth having a look at.

Dear Zane,
As discussed please be advised your first refill of the 065G (Argoshield Universal) will be provided to you Free of Charge upon presenting your G Plan Quote in store.
Your first supply does not account as your free refill under the G Plan Offer so you still have another complimentary refill
included as apart of your G Plan to redeem between July 2017 - July 2018.
If you encounter any issues whilst you're in store please get the Agent to contact us on 1300 728 029.
Once you have been supplied your first cylinder please come back to us to advise so we can get you set up on to our G Plan Offer.
Kind Regards,
Anita Lam
Customer Support Specialist
BOC Limited - A member of The Linde Group
10 Julius Avenue, North Ryde NSW 2112 Australia
Phone: 1300 781 071
Fax: 1300 369 440

On 26/07/2017 5:15 PM, wrote:
Hi Anita Lam,

Here is a record of the quote you provided for the following customer.
G Plan Quote
Date:   26/07/2017
Account Number:   xxxxxxxxxx
Account Name:   ZANE CURRIE
Address:   xxxxxxxxxxxx
Suburb/City:   CESSNOCK
State:   NSW
Post Code:   2325

   There is a also a free refill every year after that.  If I went with a local supplier (Gasweld)  it would cost me around $650 to buy a full G size cylinder, and then $199 for any refills after that.  I think the current BOC deal suits me because I don't have the initial outlay of around $650 just $249 a year and that also incudes the free cyl each year.   I cylinder lasts me around a year so it fits me to a tee.

General Discussion / Mig wire cheap
« on: July 31, 2017, 05:17:01 PM »

  A mate of mine has given away working for himself and is selling off some of his stock.  This stuff will suit someone with a serious mig welder.  He has about 15 rolls of new weldclass platinum 71-xm flux core 1.6 x 15Kg welding wire for sale. This is not the gasless shit, but good heavy duty wire.   It needs to go so $100 you can have the lot.
  Contact me and I will give you his details.

Tech Talk / Re: Buying a hydraulic garage press, how many ton?
« on: June 12, 2017, 07:19:25 PM »
  Yes really lucky.  My brother worked in the BHP machine shop for over 20 years and the mill was considered obsolete so it was offered to staff at scrap price.  The lathe and press were replaced with new and a ballot was held for 4 lathes and my brother was first name out, a work mate won the press then sold it to me at his purchase price.  A few years later they closed the place down.

Tech Talk / Re: Buying a hydraulic garage press, how many ton?
« on: June 12, 2017, 12:04:09 AM »

  Picked mine up cheap, ex BHP.  100 ton and it moves just about anything with ease and yet it still has nice feel. Only problem is it weighs more than a ton itself.  May seem like over kill but I couldn't let it go at the price, I think it cost me $350.  Also purchased a great Dean Smith & Grace lathe off them for $1000 and a smaller Milwaukee milling machine at scrap price 10 cents a kg total $150 came with a dividing head and vice.   So cheap for quality gear
  Just arrived home from classic dirt, great weekend, they just get better every year.  10 hour drive, had a real good run, quick shower, check emails have a look on here and off to bed.

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