Jun 6, 2020 my mechanics
this is a mirror upload in lower quality, I'm not the original creator, but I like his stuff and more people, like this guy, should have a bitchute.
Last time I scrolled through eBays antique section, this nice little antique kitchen scale caught my attention at the first sight. It was a little bit expensive with a price tag of $75, but I didn't even thought twice about buying it. I fell in love with it right away.
The paint looked very bad, it also had some dents and some signs of its age. It was still working and had a new screw added, I guess someone quickly fixed it before selling. The plate did sit way too loose on the top part, that made me suspicious that it isn't the original one. After disassemling I thought this will be a very quick and easy restoration, but one thing came after the other and it tourned out to be the most challenging one i've done on this channel so far.
I wanted to have a super glossy and perfect paint job. For that reason I applied three coats of high build primer after the regular primer and filler. Wet sanding with 400 and 800 grit made the base super smooth and perfectly even. Then it was time to apply two coats of light ivory. After it dried I masked it again and painted the brillant blue. The paint turned out absolutely amazing.
The old glass cover was too messed up to even try to clean it. I milled a new one on the tiny cnc-milling machine. Instead of painting the back of it gold, I decided to mill a brass foil to put it underneath. I cut some threads into the housing and fixed the class with fake rivets in a brushed look.
The whole mechanism of the scale needed much attention. I had to remake some parts that got destroyed during the disassembly. But the most difficult parts were definitely the aluminium part and the paper scale. This was my first attempt ever in metal spinning. After a few tries I knew how to do it and I was able to make an absolutely perfect part. The scale was warped due to the disassembly with water, so I had to make a new one from scratch. It required a lot of math to calculate all the diameters and angles, but it turned out very well.
I spent a long time thinking about the plate. After my success with the metal spinning of the aluminium part I decided to try to make a new one out of a copper sheet. I made a negative form as a template out of wood and than spinn the copper sheet on it to a plate. After a failed tries, I suceed. The key point was to heat the sheet up before hand to make it soft. I then sanded it all clean and soldered a ring on the back.
The plate, The scale with the aluminium part and the glass cover with the brass foil were definitely my personal highlights of this restoration. I think this is definitely one of the most favourite project I've done so far. It was very challenging and I had to learn many new skills to get the job done. After all I'm very happy with this restoration.
I hope you like my work and the video.
Huge thank you to all of my Patreon and PayPal supporters and specially to:
Amanda Taylor, Esq
Martin Rønnow Klarlund
Time and costs of this restoration:
I was working on this project for 4 weeks
$25 kitchen scale
$20 2k primer
$30 high build primer
$30 2k coat light ivory
$30 2k coat brillant blue
$25 brass foil
$5 transparent plastic
$10 copper sheet
$5 aluminium sheet
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I just bought this 1951 Cockshutt 30 two weeks ago, but was unable to get a video driving it until today. (I live an hour drive from the farm where the tractors are kept)
Anyway, this tractor has a bad engine, as you can see by the blow-by coming from the left side. I knew this of course, in fact I bought it specifically for this reason because I have a small turbo diesel that I wanted to swap into something. I was originally going to swap it into a small pickup truck or something, but I happened upon this old 30 with a half-assed decent paint job and a fawked engine, and I figured ‘why not?’
Yes, the front wheels are bent; yes, the rad cap is missing. This old girl needs quite a bit of work, but I like messing on this stuff so it’s all good. And it does move on its own for now, so please enjoy the video.
I’m not used to driving it, and doing it with one hand while filming doesn’t help, so don’t mind me looking like an amateur. The throttle also keeps vibrating up toward idle, resulting in a limp-dicked takeoff in high gear.
The tractor has a 4 speed transmission with a high and low range, (8 speeds total, 2 reverse) which you see me shift with my right foot about halfway through, in case you’re wondering what I was doing there.
Serial # 30-30467
I bought another old tractor last weekend, but wasn’t able to get a video of it because it needs some minor work to be driveable. I did get one of my 35 though.
This 35 differs from the one in the other video (which is a family hand-me-down) in that it is a standard. You’ll notice it doesn’t have the same transmission whine because it has a bad gear or bearing somewhere in the high range. One day I’ll tear into it and get it fixed—although it does drive fine for now. This one does have a rebuilt engine though, so it has noticeably more power.
Serial # 35-1433
I will try to get a video of the ‘new’ tractor up soon.
I have no idea how long this machine sat idle or where it was stored. The town I'm in is roughly a hundred miles from Death Valley, high desert, where summer temperatures regularly hit the triple digits. Fortunately, a little bit of isopropyl alcohol does a wonderful job of dissolving dried oil.
Unless you grew up in post WW2 Germany you have probably never seen one of these. We'll never know for sure but with the number of military bases in Southern California I'd bet it was a GI bring back, possibly with a bride attached.
While heading to Colorado we stopped at Antique Antique in state of Iowa. This shop began in a former machine shop that's familiar to fans of The History Channel series. Items Wolfe buys in his cross-country travels for TV are sold either in the original shop or his second location in Nashville, Tenn. If you are in the area stop by at : 115 1/2 Davenport St.Le Claire, IA 52753