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61  Technical / Electrical / Re: junkyard welder / dual alternator on: March 13, 2009, 03:14:12 PM
the OCV changes with rpm. at 1800 its probably about 40-50 volts, but I need to crank the engine up to about 2500 rpm to strike an arc w/ an 1/8" rod.  so the voltage is up at 60-70 volts, which probably isnt all that safe when you are standing in a foot of snow next to what you are welding.  The next add-on will be to tie it into the computer I have in the dash.  I can program the computer to PWM the current to field and regulate the OCV.  So I can crank up the amps for welding w/out electrocuting myself in the process.
62  Technical / Mechanical / Re: hydro assist on: March 13, 2009, 03:09:02 PM
no its the suzuki steering box.  I have no idea what the system pressure is. 

But I think I'll go w/ the 1.5" ram.  that seems to be the standard.
63  General Category / General / Re: The not so random people you see on youtube on: March 13, 2009, 03:06:25 PM
its on tv? what channel?
64  Technical / Electrical / junkyard welder / dual alternator on: March 11, 2009, 04:20:45 PM
I added some more circuity to the junkyard welder.  now I can switch it from welder to dual alternator.  Or if my primary alternator craps out, I can run this a main alternator.  So with both alternators running, I'll have up to 220A on tap. 
65  Technical / Mechanical / Re: hydro assist on: March 11, 2009, 04:11:00 PM
i think we're the only 3 people that use this forum...
66  Technical / Mechanical / Re: hydro assist on: March 11, 2009, 02:02:04 PM
ok. so what size should I use?
67  Technical / Mechanical / Re: hydro assist on: March 10, 2009, 05:39:25 PM
the force should be proportional to the piston area.  in that case, the 1" will only put out 1/4 the force of the 1.5".  From what I've read online, it seems like the standard jeep TC pump that I'm running should push the 1.5" w/ as is or with some minor modification, and 1.5" is also what comes in all the jeep aftermarket kits.  I  was considering the 1" just because I dont want to break shit on my front axle.  I've heard of people bending tie rods and shearing steering arm studs if the tires get wedged real good into the rocks, but there's also a lot of stupid people out there that dont know when to let up.  On the other hand, I'd hate to install the 1" and find out it doesnt have the nut i was hoping for.  As far as finding a ram, I don't think its worth searching the junkyard.  you can buy a new cylinder from a hydraulic supply store for about $90.

I figured out the best places to tap my steering box (I only had to ruin one junkyard box to figure out where the thickest metal to tap was).  so all i need to do now is buy the parts once i decide on a the ram size.
68  Technical / Mechanical / hydro assist on: March 08, 2009, 12:31:31 PM
i got my junkyard steering box all apart and ordered a seal rebuild kit for it.  I just need to tap the ports for the hydraulic lines.  Anyone have any ideas on what size ram to buy?  it looks like people use 1.5" for jeeps and 2" for full size trucks.  I can buy 1" and 1.5", but cant find a 1.25".  I'm leaning toward the 1.5".
69  Classifieds / Wanted / IFS toyota rear axle on: March 06, 2009, 11:45:17 AM
I'm looking for a rear axle from an IFS toyota (86-94). Anyone know someone parting out a truck?  it needs to be a 4x4 (6-lug pattern).
70  General Category / General / Re: Rausch Creek March 21 on: March 06, 2009, 11:33:49 AM
we're shooting for March 28-29 now.  Please post a reply if you are interested. I'd like to drive down there friday after work (March 27).
71  General Category / General / Date Change: Rausch Creek Now March 28 on: February 23, 2009, 05:22:53 PM
Anyone interested in a ride at Rausch Creek the weekend of March 21?

72  General Category / General / April Fools Ride in Harkan, KY on: February 17, 2009, 06:31:39 PM
Would anyone be interested in a trip to the off-road park in Harlan KY for the april fools day toyota crawl? Its not exclusive to toyotas, and the admission is only $20 to the park.  Its the Black Mountain Offroad Adventure park.  The event is from April 3-5.  I'd like to drive down thurs and back on monday.  It about 14hrs.
73  General Category / General / Re: st patric day parade? on: February 15, 2009, 04:28:06 PM
unfortunately the parade is off this year. if we do it, they will only let us bring 2 vehicles.  That doesn't really seem worth it...
74  General Category / General / Re: whispering pines on: February 15, 2009, 04:26:45 PM
I'm interested in going on the 21st. anyone else available?
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