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Old 01-21-2018, 01:59 AM   #1
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I needed a right angled drive for my mill to make up a line bore setup to do the Model A blocks for inserts ,V8 mains and other stuff.
The commercially available right angled drive was nearly $1000,
So I thought for a bit and drew up one using an old 33 axle and spider gear to get the right angle gears
Made up the shafts today and they turned out nice,will do the housing this week.
The steel in the old axle is the nicest stuff to use.
the cost of my right angle drive will be under $100,mostly the bearings and seal.
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Old 01-21-2018, 02:19 AM   #2
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Nice thinking ! That is recycling at best. Please show us the product when its finished.
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Old 01-21-2018, 02:22 AM   #3
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Legendary Lawrie.. make sure you post some pics while it's doing it's job. ��
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Old 01-21-2018, 11:41 AM   #4
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nice job! i cant wait to see the end result
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Old 01-21-2018, 12:33 PM   #5
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VERY COOL!

Please post more pics as you progress.
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Old 01-22-2018, 11:41 AM   #6
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Great idea Lawrie. I've come up with a couple uses for old Ford V8 axles as well, but not as good as yours. If nothing else, the main axle shaft is excellent bar stock for making many different things on a lathe.
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Good lateral thinking Lawrie, I once saw a vat mixer made up of a rear Diff ,one paddle turned one way and the other the opposite using the shaft through a tube ,Ted
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Old 01-23-2018, 09:00 AM   #8
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Awesome idea and please post more info and pictures. I would love to make a right angle adapter for the Bridgeport . I have piles of axles and diff parts
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Old 01-23-2018, 10:45 AM   #9
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it used to common to see old ford rearends made into post hole augers in the junk yards
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Old 01-23-2018, 06:57 PM   #10
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Love the "out of the box" ingenuity.
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Old 02-08-2018, 05:10 PM   #11
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Finished the right angled drive for the mill today, it runs really nice,in keeping with the reuse of old ford parts the bolts that hold the seal carrier on are from the model A fuel tank clamp A-20566,
Total cost was over what I thought at $183.00, mainly the hollow bar cost .
still way better than the $1000
Next job is to make up the boring bar and guides.
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Nice work Lawrie..
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Old 02-08-2018, 11:05 PM   #14
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Very cool, thanks.
What kind of mill is that on?
How is the housing attached to the quill?
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Old 02-09-2018, 12:30 PM   #15
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Good thinking. I'd like to that for my Bridgeport !
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Old 02-09-2018, 05:50 PM   #16
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I'd like to see your set up for line boring with an explanation of how you get everything square and on center. Not that I'm going to line bore a block but it would useful information.
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Old 02-09-2018, 08:20 PM   #17
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In the next week I will be making the boring bar and attachments to get it in the right place,(this is for the model A blocks we are doing),
I have the bar (30mm dia HT chrome bar) and just need to make up the bits that hold it.
I have drawn it up so no worries.

My mill is a cheap bridgeport copy, and my drive clamps onto the 100mm dia spindle housing,same as a bought unit.
all the rest I made.
I will have an exploded view of the drive later next week as I want to take it apart and paint it.
I cant do it tomorrow as we are out for the day in our 34 3w,this needs some miles on it as its only done about 850 miles in the last year.
Mind you they are predicting a hot 39C day tomorrow.
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have a nice drive !
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Old 03-15-2018, 02:16 AM   #19
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finally got my boring bar setup finished, this has taken a lot of work but it turned out real great,did a trial run with it on the mill this arfo.
for the boring bar it self I used a 30mm dia chrome bar,I thought it was just H/tensile but was in fact induction hardened,was a job to drill it,but yesterday got some cobolt drills and milling cutters so it should be an easier job.
I made all the fixtures to hold the bar in the correct pos in relation to the cam and pan face etc.that too turned out great too.
I had some advice from some one on the barn regarding the cutting tool to use on the bar ,but went with an insert tool that I machined to fit the bar.
not cheap ,but this was all done to keep the machining in house as I had some bad jobs done by others before.
Our plan is to make up 3 or 4 A engines with all new stuff inside ,
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Thanks for sharing that, you are smart.
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