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All is well north. The plantings on the bank I did from Irene did their job no erosion. Some new sand deposits. Only lost some steps that needed to be replaced with the granite sitting here for years.

Not looking very wintery though.

Gondola is in its permanent home now.

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Back to New England and cold weather !

Didn’t get much done in Disney other than new U bolts.

My rear table is tied up for a bit. Long sad tragic story with my friend whose shop it is at. This is really the key to assembly and forward motion. Figure about a month till snow if lucky

Gong to try and rebuild one of my other spares for plan b. Have plan C lined up also. Good time to test my home shop mill skill. Will pick the Tucker bone yard tomorrow for a specimen.
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Got the drag pulled up today and some tree cutting trail maintaining. Added some drain holes so the water doesn’t pool. That is what caused the bolts to fail. Two new 1/2 grade 8 bolts and back in action.

Found a useable table out back. Two spring holes needed to be opened up to 1” and bushed back to 5/8 with high impact oilite bronze bushings. Other side is good.

Had to get a reamer to open up the tie rod taper for the larger tie rod ends I have.

This week will set the table and boring bar up in mill and open the center pivot up to 2 1/2” then use a bronze oilite bushing to bring it back down to 2”. Drill and tap new grease fitting then a little cosmetic welding paint and install.
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Not bad for my first pass at machining a turn table.

Had to open up rear spring bolt holes to 7/8 to clean up. Bronze bushing bring back to 5/8.

Pivot came out to 2.250 to clean up the wear. Bronze bushing on way to bush back to 2”.

Few signs of snow falling today !
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Welded up he wear from the upper table smoothed out. Welded stripped grease zerk for pivot. Will drill and retap once bushing is installed.

Waiting on a reamer to go from the old style small to newer large. It’s a 7 degree 1.5” but larger diameter. Automotive 1” commonly available bottoms out and can’t get tie rod up far enough.

3 old roller bolts came right out. New exterior flange bolts and UHMW sliders being installed. Quick change style.

Bushings should be on this weekend. At this pace should set the Tucker table right around Thanksgiving.

Starting to look like winter up north!
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Happy one year Anniversary running myself over. Thanks for the leg cake!
Same group of people tonight no ambulance rides yet......

Table all done paint starts tomorrow.

Bushings all turned and pressed in. New grease zerk threaded for pivot. New UHMW sliders.

Moving along.
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kinda looks like the shop to me, thinking they are one in the same, just with lots of orange dust...tuckering along
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