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Tiny little update,finally got around to moving my drill press and thought I better get axles mounted before I lost the parts.





    
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You sit are a master craftsman, this is turning out to
Be nothing short of amazing.
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Little Update. Thought I would make the cab clearance light today. Took me about 4 hours to make them!
Started with 1/2" 6061 material I had in stock, final size is .300" X 1.200" and used 5mm 12 volt LED's.
You will note I only need 5 but made six just in case I screwed one up.

Still need to figure out mounting,kinda thinking a dab of clear silicone,tapping a hole would be nice but roof thickness is not even enough to try a keep bolt from cutting the wire...will see. I still need to mill a small flat area for mounting.
Also learned after inserting LED is seems to be a one time thing,I had to cut the wires to get it pulled back out.
 









    
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Thought I would share the head light update.

So Fri. (day before vacation) I thought I would knock out the head lights. So started with 2-1"X1" round stock since I still wasn't sure of final size. Chucked them up and knocked them down to .800 and like that size for the diameter. Then spent about 20 min. grinding a cutter out of 1/8" X 1/8" high speed steel to cut the headlight reflector...programmed machine and started increasing depth till I was happy. Awesome reflector area and bulb center looked great. Then a simple .150 round over for the bezel....perfect!
Now a little .125 (1/8") step for the lens to set into,repeat for second part. Sanded and polished...VERY happy with results. Flipped parts to cut back side (easy side),programmed the simple cut,hit start... BAM!! part flies out of the chuck! I'm like what the hell happened...maybe I didn't zero machine right (all time thinking I need to redo the destroyed part). So lets chuck up second one and at least see how it looks finished. Re-set zero coordinates and hit start, BAM!!! flies out of the chuck...now I'm not so happy! The 2 parts are now identically destroyed.

Turns out some how I set program to start @ -.200

So cleaned machine down,turned it off and locked the door behind me!!! mad.gif
    
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OK, I knocked out the headlights this morning.
Here are the wrecked ones,you can see just how great repetition is with CNC...it even crashes parts the same! Damn thing does exactly what I tell it to do right or wrong.





Here they are almost done. Still need to drill for LED and mill a flat for the yet to be made bracket. Inset is for 1/8" thick lens.



    
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Headlight look awesome applaud.gif
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Thanks guys! More updates later this week....I hope.
    
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Big update...HUGE!! OK it might not seem like it to you guys,but just put 4 days into the build.
First up were the headlight bracket,not much to talk about but they are mounted. I hate tiny parts.
Next fuel tanks:
I originally went with an old school look on the ends but since I destroyed one on the final cut last year I grew bored of them and made two new ones a little longer. Yes they are hollow inside with solid end caps. I bored a true relief in the tubes and then made caps .003 larger,then heated the tubes to 500 deg. and put caps in the freezer. The one quick hit with the press,they were there to stay. Once cooled put them back in the lathe to true them up and radius the ends.

Next Tank mounts:
Well mounts look great on the PC screen so into the mill they went! All cut to size sanded ready to mount...Dang no way to mount them. That is the reason for the saddle going across frame.
The rest worked out great....hmmm thin aluminum,"hey whats this" copper sheet,perfect. I really almost passed on this step but really glad I stuck it out I love the look.
The saddle,mounts and straps will be powder coated black and tanks will be polished (I didn't feel like getting that dirty today).

Made two new exhaust pipes and mounted them with some 10/32" nutserts in the pipes and bolted through the body.
Let's see what else,Oh yea I mounted the visor. Damn that's it? Seemed like more.

Next up will be steps under the doors,beacon bar light on top of sleeper and grill insert. Still putting off the mirrors out of complete fear!! Hopefully I will get some more knocked off the list this weekend...Monday I have couple custom jobs to do,then another 100% scratch build.

Thanks for checking it out...where's my band-aids.............














    
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