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post #1 of 6 Old 08-24-2019, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
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Timing cap mod, lathe threading practice

So I bought a couple of new change gears for my old lathe so I could cut metric threads. Then I start looking for something to make that needs metric threads!
Then that chunk of 1" aluminum stock catches my eye, the KLR is sitting in the garage and I start looking for round objects on it...

Wasted time? Too much time on my hands? But aluminum is so much nicer to look at than plastic, right?



I get the threads cut, knurled the edge...



But it's a little too large and sticks out. So back on the lathe it goes, and I shave it down a bit and add two holes for either snap ring pliers or needle nose to get it off.




Riding buddy says it's too complicated if you need an extra tool in the tool kit. So then it gets a slot cut into it.



Still working on finishing it off, so it will have to wait for more ideas on wasting effort on silly farkles.


But I did get to ride a 196 mile loop yesterday, so that's good.


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That's totally knurly, dude!
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Had some time a while back an started the flywheel bolt cover.




AND........... bought the right gear set for my lathe to cut proper "metric" threads instead of "Imperial" threads.
So made a layout and started working.





Had some lessons to be learned with this little project, but it was well worth it in the end. Just used holes for a surface spanner type wrench on this one. I don't have a milling machine for what I wanted to do.





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In my opinion, both worthy projects. Well done!

I will assume an oil fill cap is next?
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In my opinion, both worthy projects. Well done!

I will assume an oil fill cap is next?
I'm that predictable?

Actually, That's what I started with, but not a cap. Made a oil funnel out of Delrin plastic stock.





And made the mouth the right size to hold the dumb one quart bottles.

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But I do have some aluminum stock that size around here somewhere..........



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