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    Well for those who have been asking about my old forklift project I'm happy to say that I got it completed. This ends a very long rebuild for me with this old forklift. I purchased it around this time last year and started in to rebuild it shortly after. I wanted it to be a fun project and to a point it was only for all the hard long hours it took to get it to this point.

    Basically everything had to be done. I had to remove all the paint, rust and crap others had done with it over the years before I could even begin to start the rebuild. the first thing I had to do was build a new engine hood for the beast. Toyota wanted over $3000. just for the hood so I fabricated the one you see on it now out of 1/8th plate. This one will be awhile before it rusts out.

    Basically I went right through the complete machine. New rings, bearings, lapped the valves and installed new valve stem oils seals. I rebuilt the mast. all new bearings in it as well and had to rebuild some of the hydraulic cylinders because they were leaking. Some of them had to even be re-chromed due to the pitting on them.

    After all that was done I sand blasted, primed and painted it. I fabricated the custom stuff such as the headlamp guards. Custom built the rear light bar and all the lights you see in it are strobes. I built sun visor as well and added some more aluminum plate to the sides to **** it out a bit. The top have a plexy glass top in it now. I added all new gauges and even fabricated new sections of the dash because it was in pretty bad shape. It even has air horns now along with chrome duel exhaust stacks. I had to design some custom adapters to get them to work on the lift but they sound nice so it was worth it.

    I removed the old Toyota charging system and it's external voltage regulator and installed a GM alternator with a built in regulator. Of course that's harder than it sounds because I had to make up new brackets to get it to fit. I also added a cool hook up to the engine cover that I can just plug my booster cables into so I don't have to pull up the lid to do it.

    Anyway there's much more to this story but I'm sure you'll see by the pictures there was a lot of work involved. One thing I did learn out of this. Never try and rebuild a forklift unless you have a forklift to help. These buggers a very heavy. I'm happy with the outcome. It's runs like new and will come in handy around the shop. Here's some photo's.







    Miller matic 350P
    Millermatic 252/Spool gun
    Miller Spectrum 875 plasma
    Miller Dynasty 200 DX
    Miller Coolmate 3
    Miller Elite ( INFERNO Digital)
    2008 Miller Trailblazer 302/Custom trailer
    Custom DX200 Crazy Cart
    Sofia 13 X 30 Lathe
    MODERN 10X50 knee mill with Fagor 40i DRO
    Craftex 30 Mill/Drill

    All this stuff below was done with Miller gear


    My YouTube vids:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/7863348

    Flickr photo's:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/15602393@N05/sets/

  • #2
    New charging system installed:



    Some of the old wiring I removed:



    Booster cable hook up:



    Miller matic 350P
    Millermatic 252/Spool gun
    Miller Spectrum 875 plasma
    Miller Dynasty 200 DX
    Miller Coolmate 3
    Miller Elite ( INFERNO Digital)
    2008 Miller Trailblazer 302/Custom trailer
    Custom DX200 Crazy Cart
    Sofia 13 X 30 Lathe
    MODERN 10X50 knee mill with Fagor 40i DRO
    Craftex 30 Mill/Drill

    All this stuff below was done with Miller gear


    My YouTube vids:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/7863348

    Flickr photo's:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/15602393@N05/sets/

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    • #3
      More photo's.





      Miller matic 350P
      Millermatic 252/Spool gun
      Miller Spectrum 875 plasma
      Miller Dynasty 200 DX
      Miller Coolmate 3
      Miller Elite ( INFERNO Digital)
      2008 Miller Trailblazer 302/Custom trailer
      Custom DX200 Crazy Cart
      Sofia 13 X 30 Lathe
      MODERN 10X50 knee mill with Fagor 40i DRO
      Craftex 30 Mill/Drill

      All this stuff below was done with Miller gear


      My YouTube vids:

      http://www.youtube.com/user/7863348

      Flickr photo's:
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/15602393@N05/sets/

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      • #4







        Making of a storage box and light bar. It took me almost two days to make the light bar and another to build the box.
        Miller matic 350P
        Millermatic 252/Spool gun
        Miller Spectrum 875 plasma
        Miller Dynasty 200 DX
        Miller Coolmate 3
        Miller Elite ( INFERNO Digital)
        2008 Miller Trailblazer 302/Custom trailer
        Custom DX200 Crazy Cart
        Sofia 13 X 30 Lathe
        MODERN 10X50 knee mill with Fagor 40i DRO
        Craftex 30 Mill/Drill

        All this stuff below was done with Miller gear


        My YouTube vids:

        http://www.youtube.com/user/7863348

        Flickr photo's:
        http://www.flickr.com/photos/15602393@N05/sets/

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        • #5








          Miller matic 350P
          Millermatic 252/Spool gun
          Miller Spectrum 875 plasma
          Miller Dynasty 200 DX
          Miller Coolmate 3
          Miller Elite ( INFERNO Digital)
          2008 Miller Trailblazer 302/Custom trailer
          Custom DX200 Crazy Cart
          Sofia 13 X 30 Lathe
          MODERN 10X50 knee mill with Fagor 40i DRO
          Craftex 30 Mill/Drill

          All this stuff below was done with Miller gear


          My YouTube vids:

          http://www.youtube.com/user/7863348

          Flickr photo's:
          http://www.flickr.com/photos/15602393@N05/sets/

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          • #6



            Considering I'll be using the lift around the yard either boosting vehicles or even towing them I realized I needed a storage box to put the cables and tow sling in so that's what I made yesterday. I had a bit of checkered plate left so I used that on the project. I also had to decide who I was going to mount the box and not wanting to drill or weld the counter weight I decided to machine a few parts for the lift holes and use two small pieces of threaded rod to hold them in place and then I could just simply bolt the box on the back and not alter anything. Here's how it ended up.







            Miller matic 350P
            Millermatic 252/Spool gun
            Miller Spectrum 875 plasma
            Miller Dynasty 200 DX
            Miller Coolmate 3
            Miller Elite ( INFERNO Digital)
            2008 Miller Trailblazer 302/Custom trailer
            Custom DX200 Crazy Cart
            Sofia 13 X 30 Lathe
            MODERN 10X50 knee mill with Fagor 40i DRO
            Craftex 30 Mill/Drill

            All this stuff below was done with Miller gear


            My YouTube vids:

            http://www.youtube.com/user/7863348

            Flickr photo's:
            http://www.flickr.com/photos/15602393@N05/sets/

            Comment


            • #7






              Miller matic 350P
              Millermatic 252/Spool gun
              Miller Spectrum 875 plasma
              Miller Dynasty 200 DX
              Miller Coolmate 3
              Miller Elite ( INFERNO Digital)
              2008 Miller Trailblazer 302/Custom trailer
              Custom DX200 Crazy Cart
              Sofia 13 X 30 Lathe
              MODERN 10X50 knee mill with Fagor 40i DRO
              Craftex 30 Mill/Drill

              All this stuff below was done with Miller gear


              My YouTube vids:

              http://www.youtube.com/user/7863348

              Flickr photo's:
              http://www.flickr.com/photos/15602393@N05/sets/

              Comment


              • #8
                This is the last of them!





                Miller matic 350P
                Millermatic 252/Spool gun
                Miller Spectrum 875 plasma
                Miller Dynasty 200 DX
                Miller Coolmate 3
                Miller Elite ( INFERNO Digital)
                2008 Miller Trailblazer 302/Custom trailer
                Custom DX200 Crazy Cart
                Sofia 13 X 30 Lathe
                MODERN 10X50 knee mill with Fagor 40i DRO
                Craftex 30 Mill/Drill

                All this stuff below was done with Miller gear


                My YouTube vids:

                http://www.youtube.com/user/7863348

                Flickr photo's:
                http://www.flickr.com/photos/15602393@N05/sets/

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                • #9
                  Someone please give that man an award.
                  2- XMT's 350 cc/cv
                  1- Blue star 185
                  1- BOBCAT 250
                  1- TRAILBLAZER 302
                  1- MILLER DVI
                  2- PASSPORT PLUS
                  1- DYNASTY 200 DX
                  1- DYNASTY 280 DX
                  1- MAXSTAR 150 STL
                  1- HF-251 BOX
                  1- S-74D
                  1- S-75DXA
                  2- 12-RC SUITCASES
                  1- 8-VS SUITCASE
                  2- 30 A SPOOLGUNS

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                  • #10
                    Awesome job. Nice looking welds. I noticed that you welded the box without supporting your wrist or arms. I have found that I shake too much and need to support my arms or wrist for stability.
                    Miller Thunderbolt
                    Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
                    Miller Dynasty 200DX
                    Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
                    Clausing/Coldchester 15" Lathe
                    16" DuAll Saw
                    15" Drill Press
                    7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
                    20 Ton Arbor Press
                    Bridgeport
                    Miller Spectrum 375 Plasma Torch

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                    • #11
                      Wow!!!

                      U need to take that forklift in a parade!! Nicest forklift I have ever seen, Do they make polished wheels for that model??
                      Lincoln ranger 305g x2
                      Ln25
                      Miller spectrum 625
                      Miller 30a spoolgun
                      Wc115a
                      Lincoln 210mp
                      F550 imt service truck

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                      • #12
                        Unless someone has done something like this before it is hard to appreciate the time & effort involved in a project like that. You can be very proud of that project. Thanks for sharing & very well done.
                        252 Miller Mig
                        180 Synchrowave
                        R - 45 Milling Machine
                        Kingston 1100 Lathe
                        Miller 2050 Plasma Cutter

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                        • #13
                          Looks great!

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                          • #14
                            Here is some pics of my project, EP 4x4, Perkins diesel, 21' of lift.

                            At the adoption agency.



                            stock plastic fenders



                            Construction of new walk on fenders (3/16" tread plate)



                            Painting of tanks to match powder coated fenders

                            Last edited by Pass-N-Gas; 05-24-2009, 01:37 PM.
                            Steve

                            Bobcat 250EFI

                            Syncrowave 250

                            Millermatic 350P

                            Hypertherm 1250

                            A Bunch of tools

                            And a forklift to move the heavy stuff with..

                            Torchmate 2x2 CNC Plasma

                            It's Miller Time - Get Back To Work!

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                            • #15
                              Getting there



                              Wiring up the guages



                              Installing an additional fuse / relay block



                              Last edited by Pass-N-Gas; 05-24-2009, 01:11 PM.
                              Steve

                              Bobcat 250EFI

                              Syncrowave 250

                              Millermatic 350P

                              Hypertherm 1250

                              A Bunch of tools

                              And a forklift to move the heavy stuff with..

                              Torchmate 2x2 CNC Plasma

                              It's Miller Time - Get Back To Work!

                              Comment

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