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Torch pics, with a new update at the bottom

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by jjlaughner, Sep 19, 2003.

  1. jjlaughner

    jjlaughner 3/4 ton status

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    WOOHOO its time to cut some stuff up, anyone have webpages for fun stuff to do with torches?
    I got it get my rear springs off and to cut up some angle iron! OH I have to heatup my steering arm to get the damn thing off too! /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif
     
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    Re: New toy with pics and questions!

    then things is sweet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Re: New toy with pics and questions!

    Careful with the steering arm, don't fry your balljoints.
     
  4. jjlaughner

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    Well no big fires, just a couple small ones and no big booms as I was worried might happen cutting the rear springs off. After about 45 minutes of heating the steering arm it still would not come off (lets recap... I sent 6hours taking the front springs off and replacing them and then 4 hours trying to get the steering arm off witha 2lb hammer and punch... THen I heated it up a little with a propane torch just to get the one back washer out... Then, I bought the torch above to heat the arm up cherry red in the hopes it would just 'POP' off), and [drum roll please] this is the reason I should NOT have a torch /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif,







    I cut the B!TCH-AZZ off! /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif

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    All is well, replace one stud and buy two new washers!
    Ball joint is fine, just needs some new grease /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
    Cut most of the way threw then punched it out with a chizle /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    Remember that metal expands and contracts when heated and cooled, so your ball joints may not be "Balls" anymore !! They might be "Egg Joints" !! /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
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    Re: New toy with pics and questions!

    Damn man..you're collecting tools as fast as I am /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Re: New toy with pics and questions!

    Most ball joints have nylon or rubber and a spring inside to keep them pre-loaded and tight---we fry em all the time when the press in type dont stay in the a-frame hole and we try to tack weld them in--usually requires a new a-frame and another new ball joint to fix it right.Sometimes you get lucky and it works ok,but we always tell customers the cheep way aint always cheaper! /forums/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif
     
  8. jjlaughner

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    Damn man..you're collecting tools as fast as I am /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

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    I would suspect by the end of the year I'll have a drill press and one of those 31" lift floor jacks from harbor freight. IF (big if) we get the project house sold we are going to build a pole barn (3bays gravel uninsulated, 2 bays with cement and heated) so I'm also going for a 2 post lift by spring! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Re: New toy with pics and questions!

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    Remember that metal expands and contracts when heated and cooled, so your ball joints may not be "Balls" anymore !! They might be "Egg Joints" !! /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif

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    Yeah in a month or so when I regear the front end I might go head and replace it if its riding funny /forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif Watching all the grease boil out of it I thought about that too. I kept it cooled with the garden hose (80'+ deep well so the water coming up is a nice 50deg) so we heated a little beat on the arm and cooled it, repete, repete, got PO'ed cut one section cooled removed chunk with chizzle, cut section section, cooled and chizzled. Then after about a total of 6 hours beating the arm it finally came off.
    It only took me 6 hours to get the old front springs off, frame bushings out, new frame bushings, shackles, and the new front springs installed and everything torqued down! /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif

    So total I have about 8hours in the front springs, bushings and painting.
    6 hours on the arm (and thats without drilling and tapping for the new stud!) /forums/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif
     
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    Looks good!!!! /forums/images/graemlins/pimp1.gif

    Be careful...without a cart...
    I've seen bottles FLY!!!! /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif

    At least chain them to a wall!!!! /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif
     
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    Kill anyone with those bottles yet? /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif

    Chain those things to something!
     
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    Good setup. I bought a $20 hand truck from Lowe's and strapped my tanks to it with a ratchet strap. Nice and portable now. I also bolted an ammo can to one of the back braces and filled it with all of my cutting tips, welding tips, chalk, striker, tip cleaners, etc... It works nicely. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    what size bottles are those. I just bought a cutting torch setup myself and I kinda wanted some smaller bottles like q's or something like that for portability.
     
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    I definitely would have removed the axle from the vehicle. I have never sucessfully got an arm off with the axle on the vehicle.

    And...every time I've ever used a torch, I've destroyed the balljoints.
     
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    anybody familiar with the tank sizes? What would be the tank letter for about a 3 foot tall 7" diameter tank?
     
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    Q size tanks, thats what I got, perfect for small shop use.
     
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    Re: New toy with pics and questions!

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    Well no big fires, just a couple small ones and no big booms as I was worried might happen cutting the rear springs off. After about 45 minutes of heating the steering arm it still would not come off (lets recap... I sent 6hours taking the front springs off and replacing them and then 4 hours trying to get the steering arm off witha 2lb hammer and punch... THen I heated it up a little with a propane torch just to get the one back washer out... Then, I bought the torch above to heat the arm up cherry red in the hopes it would just 'POP' off), and [drum roll please] this is the reason I should NOT have a torch /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif,







    I cut the B!TCH-AZZ off! /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif

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    All is well, replace one stud and buy two new washers!
    Ball joint is fine, just needs some new grease /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
    Cut most of the way threw then punched it out with a chizle /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

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    Did you try to get that arm off with the hub removed? I tried for 4 hours to get it off with the hub on. Once removed it was about a 45 min job with a BFH and a couple different sized chizles.

    BTW nice setup /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif I have one but am about as good at using it as I am speaking chinese. I just melt large chunks off at a time. /forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif
     
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    Wow, it looks really sweet under there now! Everything is all clean and new! Someday I'll be able to afford a torch.
     
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    Looks good!!!! /forums/images/graemlins/pimp1.gif

    Be careful...without a cart...
    I've seen bottles FLY!!!! /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif

    At least chain them to a wall!!!! /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif



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    Took a couple days but we did have this cart in mind, still need to fasten the tool box to the back
     
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    Nice, looks like mine now. It's always a good idea to keep the regulators off of the tanks and the covers over the valves when you won't be using them for a while. I haven't seen it personally, but I hear it's a freakin' nightmare to have a bottle fall over and get the valve knocked off. I have heard of them going thru walls, breaking legs, and worse. /forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif My $.02
     

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