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Old 04-01-2012, 06:55 PM
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Default Re: Old dog learns new trick...Welding!

Although no welding was involved today, we did make some progress on the fabrication of the gas tank to be welded. From cardboard patterns I had made Dan cut out the two side pieces of what will be an in frame tank for my 1950 Schwinn Panther. Before grinding and sanding the edges, he tack welded the two pieces together at each end so they would match each other.

I took the Panther with me today wo that we could check for fit. The side pieces were a little snug, so we took a ride to the machine shop where Dan works during the week to use some big boy machines.

Using a side grinder Dan took the height of the tank down a bit and then used a stationary disc sander to finish off the edges. Please note the monster lathe in the background. This is a serious machine which I paced off to be between 16 to 17 feet long.
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Someday when I grow up I will probably lose interest in toys with wheels, but until then...
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