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anyone with access to a machine shop? need help

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by BranndonC, Feb 4, 2005.

  1. BranndonC

    BranndonC 3/4 ton status

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    Hey guys. My Jimmy project with the 514 has been on hold for many months because I didnt have the money to fix it. I just started working on it again. But to get to the point, I need to know if anyone can put some left hand thread on to this piece of tie rod for me. The original piece I have is 4 inches too short, what I need is 7/8 size and 18 thread size threaded 3 1/2 inches down on the shaft in the picture. I took it to 2 machine shops, the first said $195!!! the second 150!!, so I thought maybe someone on ck5 could do it for a few bucks... I mean even with shipping both ways I might come out ok. I didnt think this would cost me more than $50 or so.
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    folkenheath Worthless Trash Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Call ORD and see how much they charge for it, I am pretty sure they have the equipment for that. Good luck :thumb:
     
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    i'll try them if i cant find anyone to do it cheaper than them, I have a feeling they'll charge me what any normal business would.
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    whats it for? on the truck?
     
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    I can do it, as long as I understand exactly what has to be done. Length of threads and such.

    How soon does this have to be done? I am traveling for work for the next two weeks.

    -Chris
     
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    as soon as i can get it is best, but i dont think the truck will be on the road before march. and the steering can be last if needed. Thanks, What other info do you need? Both sides are left hand thread, they need to be threaded 3 1/2 inches down, the spacing of the threading is 18, and the width of the threaded part is 7/8 (according to one of the machine shops) it is cut from a tie rod, its hard metal from what the first shop told me. Anything else i can tell you?
     
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    its for crossover, the upper tie rod, from the pitman arm to the knuckle
     
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    That's all I need. PM me Monday. I'll check the stock rack at work, maybe I can cut one to size and just ship it to you.

    -Chris
     
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    dude, if you could do that i'd be indebted to you, plus i'd pay you of course! thanks man
     
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    if sickquad cant help you out, i know a guy who might be able to do it. he's our go-to guy when we need something fabricated or expert welded.he's just a one man comany working out of a small shop, but im pretty sure he could do it. plus he just charges by the hour. $40/hr i think.
     
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    that may work, but the shops were quoting me 3 hours, so thats still 120 bucks, but its the cheepest so far, i'll let you know
     
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    $40/hr is cheap even for a one man show. Be careful of machine shops that don't charge much. When I send parts out I think the going rate is around $90/hr from a quality shop.

    -Chris
     
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    That's called a drag link.
     
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    haha thanks, it sounded wrong to me
     
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    If you don't have any luck BrandonC give me a hollar. I'll do it for you.

    :grin:
     
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    Thanks Kert! Ill let you know after i talk to the original guy who offered on monday. Thanks again!
     
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    ya i know its cheap, thats why we use him. he is an old guy who has been doing it for 40 yrs. guys like that are kinda stuck in thier ways. i know thats what he charges per hr for welding repair. not sure if its more for machining.

    i found out he just sold his outfit to a young guy, so dont know if he's charging a higher rate or not. we had the new guy fix one of our trucks, mainly cutting and welding in supports. i think it was around 40-50hr.

    personally i dont know how anyone can work that cheap. those machines are expensive. i guess if you dont have alot of overhead its possible. i know if i was doing that kind of work i'd want at least 60/hr.
     
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    I'll do my best to get it out today! Thanks man!
     
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    got it shipped out today and included beer money and return shipping money, or you could keep the money and send it COD via the USPS
     
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    I'll make it happen. ASAP. I'm away until at least Thursday, then most of next week. But if I get it in time it'll be done on Monday.

    -Chris
     

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