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Trust me I wish I had a backup machine but I dont have anywhere to store a backup TM... But hopefully I will be moving soon and get some land I can do things I wanna do on.... I plan to build a knife making shop for a hobby and eventually a second stream of income...
 

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Slid the frame in today just for eye balling the fit. this coming week is gonna be peddle to the metal as I am taking several things to a fabricator to be made up, custom frame for my dual water reels, mounting bracket for the silencer, a new aluminum pipe for the dump valve has to be cut to size and threaded for a 2" ball valve, ect ect...
 

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Oh and the Front panels are getting replaced with brushed stainless... Not looking forward to doing the gauge cluster so that is going to get done at a later date on a long weekend after I am back to work, but the bottom panel is getting done this week... The show side of the stainless is covered with protective vinyl so it isnt scratched up, just showing the back side here which is scratched up... This should make the machine look a lot cleaner and more industrial from the side door...
 

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looks good, heres a shot inside our NV with the relia built TMView attachment 85282
Gotta love that fuel fired heat! Looks like you didnt keep the bulkhead? I got one with my van, not too sure how it's gonna work out since it severely hinders access to the side of the machine I need to get to to change belts and couplings... But I went ahead and put the brackets in and what I plan to do is just use wing nuts on the bolts that hold the panels to the mounting brackets so I can just spin the nuts off and the bulkhead panel will just slide out without having to remove the mounting brackets for it...
 

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Gotta love that fuel fired heat! Looks like you didnt keep the bulkhead? I got one with my van, not too sure how it's gonna work out since it severely hinders access to the side of the machine I need to get to to change belts and couplings... But I went ahead and put the brackets in and what I plan to do is just use wing nuts on the bolts that hold the panels to the mounting brackets so I can just spin the nuts off and the bulkhead panel will just slide out without having to remove the mounting brackets for it...
ya took most of the divider out, wanted more air flow near machine.
 
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Finally starting to see some progress... Got both drip pans fabricated today and set the reels in for a mockup, having a custom frame fabricated for the dual water reels. This big ol machine sure did put a dent in the floor realestate... Gonna have to capitalize on these tall walls and learn to use that extra overhead room..
 

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Great machine and pretty user friendly to work on. They did so much right on those units, oil cooler, 3 pressure selections, open design that doesn't trap heat. Looking forward to your finished TM
Yeah its got a lot of great things about it, although I converted that psi system to a standard unloader valve... Im bringing it back to life for another 20 years of work... New Engine, New Burner Coil, New Generator and a lot more going on..
 

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I found a shop across town that is going to water jet the stainless front panels for me... This is the lower panel, with the 6 inch burner exhaust hole, vac and dump ports, engine and blower exhaust, fresh water inlet and solution outlet... Im taking them this panel tomorrow, if it works out they will get the gauge cluster a little later on... Original Panel shown in rough condition...
 

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I found a shop across town that is going to water jet the stainless front panels for me... This is the lower panel, with the 6 inch burner exhaust hole, vac and dump ports, engine and blower exhaust, fresh water inlet and solution outlet... Im taking them this panel tomorrow, if it works out they will get the gauge cluster a little later on... Original Panel shown in rough condition...
Welcome back. Looking good John. Fuel fired heat makes it hard to go back to heat exchange. I know I will never go back :)
 
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some more progress pics... A welder I know made me up the silencer cradle bracket. The original way they mounted the silencer Led to some damaged frame rails and a destroyed silencer so I had this cradle fabricated to keep that from happening again on the new silencer.
 

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More progress updates, Machine is finally starting to get assembled, each day I get something major done and hope to have the rig ready to run within 5 to 7 days... But with each new day a new set of challenges arises... Today was mostly spent working on the blower, getting a new pipe nipple made for it since the old one was rusted real bad. Of course I could not just go out and buy the nipple I wanted so I had to make it... From there I refurbished the vac relief valve and began installing the Generator Pulley and Coupling Flange on the blower... Had a new Flex Exhaust fabricated for the engine exhaust and a lot of other small tasks were knocked out.... I also got the Stainless lower panel fabricated yesterday but I wont be peeling the vinyl cover off that till the machine is almost done...
 

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I haven't been around here much. Awesome to see you doing well. You were having a tough time getting started. I have never laughed as hard as the post of Randy that showed your blue van with a garage sale in the yard. You had so much gear in that beast. I knew you would make it once you got rollin.
 
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