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Re: New shoes and more.
« Reply #40 on: March 18, 2017, 12:31:44 pm »
Initial mock up of the new battery
tray.
I first removed the fender mount, then cut off the ridge that stuck up on the axle carriage frame to get clearance in front of snd under the battery. Since I don't have any steel other than junk I have collected, I'm reporposing.
 The old lid is now incorporated into the box. The new lid once constructed will hinge from the bottom front to give access to the battery when the head is all the way down. I have to take the new box back off and build the sides before I can bolt it back on. I'll find something to space the old fender mount out 3/4s of an inch and put that back on, then build my lid.
 

 
 

 
 

  
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Re: New shoes and more.
« Reply #41 on: March 18, 2017, 03:53:50 pm »
Looking good!!! smiley_clapping smiley_clapping

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Re: New shoes and more.
« Reply #42 on: March 18, 2017, 04:59:38 pm »
Just make sure you leave enough room that you can bring your head all the way down!
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Re: New shoes and more.
« Reply #43 on: March 18, 2017, 05:19:03 pm »
That is part of the reason for doing this. The head sits right on the battery box on this model in the down position. This is being improved upon.
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Re: New shoes and more.
« Reply #44 on: March 18, 2017, 05:45:38 pm »
If you make the battery box lid out of a non-metallic material, you'll be able to gain a little bit more room.  You'll be able to get closer to the top of the battery without shorting things out. I doing this to my '92 LT40 and will gain another 3/4 inch of clearance and I'll almost be able to get my hands in there with the head all the way down.
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Re: New shoes and more.
« Reply #45 on: March 18, 2017, 07:19:28 pm »
The normal battery would be a Group 31 , and I like AGM for all the vibrations. But if you are using a car battery a Group 34 is one inch smaller height .
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Re: New shoes and more.
« Reply #46 on: March 18, 2017, 07:40:09 pm »
My mill is much different than anything newer. The 86 was built so you could cut no closer than 3" to the deck. So, getting the battery lower does me no good. I have plenty of room between the top of the new box and the top of the battery posts.
It's now ready for an access door, but I don't have anything to make it from.
 

 
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Re: New shoes and more.
« Reply #47 on: March 18, 2017, 08:26:37 pm »
Sounds like it's time for a trip to the junk yard.
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Re: New shoes and more.
« Reply #48 on: March 19, 2017, 06:12:18 pm »
All looking good! Anxious to see the result.

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« Reply #49 on: March 19, 2017, 06:49:56 pm »
Jeff you can show it off at the pig roast :)  ;D
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« Reply #50 on: March 19, 2017, 10:27:16 pm »
A couple more weld tacks, add the hinges on the bottom and some sort of top latch, paint, and this will be ready to install. Once the battery situation is taken care of, on to replacing much of the wiring.
 

 
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Re: New shoes and more.
« Reply #51 on: March 20, 2017, 01:24:20 am »
Anybody who can do a job that looks that good with a hammer that big can do anything! 8)
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Re: New shoes and more.
« Reply #52 on: March 20, 2017, 05:24:45 am »
That is exactly how I've been making my parts. The hammer, the vice. A block of wood, and the work table edge is all I have for bending and forming the sheet metal. There are hammer marks, but a guys gotta use what a guys gotta use!
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« Reply #53 on: March 20, 2017, 10:55:39 am »
IF you want to lessen the hammer marks, get the biggest rubber mallet you can find.  I found that works really good at bending and not creasing/denting your work.
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Re: New shoes and more.
« Reply #54 on: March 20, 2017, 11:58:39 am »
I was thinking a trip to the junkyard for a car hood or fender would give you a good amount of sheet metal.

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Re: New shoes and more.
« Reply #55 on: March 20, 2017, 12:25:30 pm »
I've tried doing sheet metal work using hammers and it never looks good, functional yes but looks pretty bad.
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Re: New shoes and more.
« Reply #56 on: March 20, 2017, 02:37:51 pm »
Somewhere I remember reading that the first production model was 1983.That makes Jeff's mill one of the oldest
My LT30 was manufactured in April of 1984 (serial #143). Battery has been on my redesign wish list too. If my solar charging panels don't work well, it will be sooner than later.

Jeff, are you sure yours will only cut to 3"? I can cut down to 2". The clamping system makes anything less than 4" a PITA but it can done.
I have thought about making something to raise and clamp the cant so I can get down to 1".
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Re: New shoes and more.
« Reply #57 on: March 20, 2017, 02:48:27 pm »
Jeff,

Both the up down and carriage motors and controls look the same as my 1989 LT40 but mine will take a normal sized battery.
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« Reply #58 on: March 20, 2017, 05:03:36 pm »
3" is it. I usually cut a nice straight 3" thick can't first thing, then use that to put under each subsequent can't if I'm sawing on down.
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Re: New shoes and more.
« Reply #59 on: March 21, 2017, 08:07:33 am »
Ready to mount as soon as I build the new fender mount. It's not beautiful, but with what I have to work with, I'm okay with it.
 

 
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