Sunday, November 20, 2016

Clearing the Air I

I finished off the carburetors and turned my attention to the air filter housings.  They were looking pretty sad...

But after a trip to meet Master Blaster, they look much happier.


You'll notice that the big dents in the intake tubes are gone along with the dent in the top of the filter with the long necked tube.  That's me showing off my metalworking magnificence.  I also had to straighten out the connector in the middle and weld the arms that connect the filter housings back into the case, as they'd broken away after 50 years.  All I need to do is primer with filler primer to even things out, sand, and paint.

I am really glad to have learned how to do this.  It took me 10 minutes to do the welds, and that includes taking the welder out and getting it set up.  This would have taken me a half hour before, and I would have screwed it up along the way.  I also have learned a lot about straightening metal, though I'm by no means an expert... but taking that huge dent out and making it round to the point you can hardly see the damage... well, I think it's pretty cool to be able to do that.

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