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Re: Rim Straightening Table Jig

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06-15-2014 20:31:27

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Hi Hobo,

You wrote:

"I never understood what you meant by custom rims but now I see they were hat rims that had been modified... Why any one would want wider rims I dunno it must be a man thang... I do and don't understand the gizmo but understand locking it down its haft of the battle so will wait for more pix (its a man thang)... "

I like the look of the wide tires and they do add a little weight.

I was just kidding pretty much about the jug. What happened was when I repaired the first rim I used a 2" thick round plate up on top of the heavy wooden box off my carry all. I did so much beating I was driving the thing apart so I decided I wanted a better surface and a slower curve to conform to the curved part of the rim needing the straigntening.

I've had this old Louisville stand thing from a laundry building in the 40's and I put a steel plate on it. There were two bolt holes tapped right through it and through the big plate. I just left it welded there for years thinking I might utilize those threaded holes somehow.

But wanting nothing around the edge, for the sake of rim-truing

and for a clear surface for other things, I proceeded to cut the welds to remove it but I had a heck of a time! I couldn't figure out why with all my cutting and banging chisels it would not let go. Close to exasperation I cut that small slab in half and the next time I beat at it with big hammer and chisel, the 1/2 plate turned!~!!

Well. . . as it turns out there were two threaded headless studs holding that 6" plate to the slab . . . BEFORE they fully welded it. So I managed to actually unscrew the two pieces from the top.

You wrote:

"I don't have a special gizmo so would use a punch bit in a air chisel and back off from the inside of the lip and let it lightly tap the lip back in place a little at a time,,, Tell you the truth I would not want that job..."

I've got that leveling gizmo at the back that I just put an outrigger on, so now I have a curved table top dolly under the lip that conforms more to the curve of the rim (and the rim is made to lay level) so it supports a larger area. It will be a breeze -- less work by eye, to straighten the second rim now.

Thanks for the visit,


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