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Been building a school bus into a motorcycle garage RV to haul the bikes in.
 

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A lot of ice lollies eaten to enable that.
You folks over there have the oddest expressions. Not as odd as the Aussies, but close. Although I’ve packed on a few, not from those. They are tongue depressors.... I inherited a whole sack of them amongst other things like a couple hundred model airplane engines and a lifetime supply of TT carburetors. As soon as I’m finished making the actual part/bucks I swear I’m done with fibreglass. Miserable stuff. Next time I make a mold, the plug will be waxed... then a layer of unwaxed gelcoat, then epoxy to cure and seal the gelcoat... then back that up using a medium created by the Egyptians and passed on to me by a master craftsman from the Midlands.
 

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I could cast in a big eyebolt so when I’m done it could be used to anchor the mooring buoy.

Was thinking the gelcoat would eliminate any porosity on the surface.... which would only matter is it was being used as a mold instead of a buck.

This whole exercise makes me want to take up basket weaving or flower arranging instead.
 

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Not necessarily...I don’t think. Positive I don’t have it anyway, as this is my idea of porn... well this and machine tool catalogs.

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i"d heard about vapor blasting and was curiousl i found a place just down the road in Murrietta and gave them a try. Turned out well but a bit "silverish" for my liking. But it will be nice to work on a clean engine over the winter.

 

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i"d heard about vapor blasting and was curiousl i found a place just down the road in Murrietta and gave them a try. Turned out well but a bit "silverish" for my liking. But it will be nice to work on a clean engine over the winter.

I have never been a fan of blasting for that reason (amongst others) . Never tried vapour blasting though .... anyhoo, one way to get rid of the shine and IMHO leave a more natural finish, is wait for the bride to go shopping and then bung the shiny bits into the dishwasher.
The dishwashing detergent reacts with the finish and dulls it down. I have always had really good results, but try a test piece first.

I had some heads that were blasted with something more aggressive probably 40 years ago and they still looked like they just came out of the cabinet. Drove me nuts every time I looked at them. One round in the dishwasher and now they look totally normal. Cascade original in what’s in the cupboard now, but can’t guarantee that’s what I used... and I assuming the type of dishwashing detergent would make a difference.


Repeat.... try a test part. Don’t want you hunting me down with your AR15
 

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I don't have an AR-15. Are you OK with a 12ga? I'm figuring a trip to Bonneville next year will have it back to normal. I had one engine sand blasted 30 years ago. I iked it better. But I can live with it.
 

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Is that an Arrizabalaga?
No unfortunately. It’s a Sarasqueta and it was made by J.J. not Victor. Some say they aren’t all that great, but they (JJ) exported mostly lower end guns to North America and that is how they got their reputation. This is a model 135, which was the second from the top of the heap and as far as I know, none were ever sold here. It seems to be nicely done. Back when “the registry” was still afloat, I tried to comply.... took about 6 months of dicking around. I was repeatedly told it didn’t exist because it was a O/U and they only made S/S. The fact that I had all of the original factory paperwork didn’t seem to help. Finally ended up talking to a sensible young lady and she just made up another page in the system. Finally got the paperwork just in time for them to shitcan the whole registry.
 

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So I continued the saga of the widowmaker mailbox...

Came home a few weeks ago to see this:



And collected this debris (car mirror AND door handle):



The weak point right now was both the wooden base (1.5" thick btw) and the outer lip of the mailbox (10ga steel).





So I had a metal base made for it AND angle iron reinforcement for the outer edge:









I may replace the upper section of 4x4 post so that I can once again use two 1/2" lag bolts, but we'll see how this holds up.
 
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