Another little project I threw together, this one is called a "Weldernator" it is an old chevy truck alternator and a lawn mower motor. It arc welds realy nicely and will also TIG ( takes some argon gas and a special stinger, and would be much nicer with a foot pedal control, but it does work)
was a simple project and is not nearly as scary as it looks
3 simple connections and I have a really heavy duty stick welder that has an ( as far as I have been able to determine )an unlimited duty cycle. it can be controlled with either a rheostat on the armature windings, or more simply by the throttle on the gas engine, with the alternator full fielded.
I removed the internal diode pack(they wont handle the high voltage) and regulator then just rant the 3 phase output to an external diode pack ( 30 bucks from a local electric re builder) This will eventually be fitted to the engine on the Weasel as being out and about in a 70 year old steel vehicle leads one to have use for a welder from time to time.
Last Edit: Oct 9, 2010 18:12:30 GMT -5 by greywuuf
I thought I would mention, and maybe ask a question, The weasel,once it is complete, will be used for running a trap line and possibly some hunting. has anyone used their 7.62x 25 carbine on any game animals? Say .... Fox maybe?
Last Edit: Oct 10, 2010 13:07:03 GMT -5 by greywuuf
Sorry for the thread drift, and thank you about the welder. I myself would not say it is "nice" as it is rather crude and ugly. it is however rugged cheap and effective. I plan on mounting a control box (just the diode pack and a rheostat some switches and a volt meter and a standard 3 prong outlet) and the modified alternator under the hood of my shop truck and in the weasel. by adding the Volt meter you can set the output to 110-120 volts DC ( high freq square wave) that is suitable for running brushed motors ( say a 4" grinder or a drill) or a regular old bulb type shop light ( no flourescents ) sometimes a very handy thing "in the field"
hoping to get some good pictures of my 1/4 scale RC/autonomous flight gyro copter up soon. Anyone interested in the vacuum infusion method of composite construction? ( Fiberglass/carbon fibre/kevlar) Should be diving into that real soon as well
That sure doesn't look like the old studebaker I had. I was on a disaster recovery team for the company I worked for and we had a snow cat. I saw the youtube video and thought that has got to be fun -- never even got as far as starting the engine on that snow cat.
Last Edit: Oct 28, 2010 17:28:55 GMT -5 by 22boomer
thats too bad, snow cats can be a lot of fun too!. I have run Tuckers DMC's and Thiokols All of them a little differant. Place out in Utah used to be DMC (Delorean Motor Company) but changed the name when the Car company of the same name ran into difficulties. So the Delorean i drove did not look much like what people picture when they think of Deloreans either ;-) oh and then there is my Mercedes ( UNIMOG) a millitary truck, wife was not pleased when I came home with a Classic Mercedes convertible that was OD green ;-)