Saturday, February 01, 2014

Top Braces Done

Today I drilled the second top brace for the wood.  Then I drilled four 3/8" holes for cotter keyed hitch pins that will hold the top in place.  That was some fun drilling.  I had to drag my workbench over to the drill press to hold the storage battery truck.  Found out that because the drill press is not bolted down I need to have leverage or else the press will lift up and not cut.  I ended up raising the loco up on 2x4s so I could slide the drill press plate under and wedge some pieces of steel under.  

For all four holes I first drilled with a 1/4" hole stuck a pin in it and then drilled the 3/8" hole.  back and forth, fourth and back, back and fourth.  Had to keep swinging the drill press plate back and forth for clearance.  Nancy said I should take pictures.  I didn't.  It is all cleaned up, even vacuumed the floor and some cobwebs.

I also drilled and chamfered the 8 holes in the end brace steps.

This evening I drilled the holes for the throttle lever cable.  What a pain.  Broke a 1/16" drill bit first thing, cleaned it out with the Dremel and a diamond bit but still took out four drill bits getting through the first 1/8th inch.  Finally I got through after what felt like several hours of trying.  Final diameter is 3/16" instead of the 1/16th inch cable only, it will hold the cable and outer housing from the end to the center electronic trays.  This time Nancy did take pictures of the setup in the drillpress.

Make top braces
Install throttle lever cable
Make throttle lever
Choose paint color
Choose stain color
Sandblast entire thing
Prime
Paint
Stain wood
Attach wood

Make trailing cars
Plan wiring
Wire up drive systemVelcro down batteries
Get auxiliary power
Get auxiliary charger
Install speed limiter
Install charge port

Install brake wheel to pot
Find a headlight
Find a horn & bell system

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