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Some Projects made with Miller Welders

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  • Some Projects made with Miller Welders

    Im new to the forum so Im not sure if there is already a thread for this a quick search did not show anything.

    In my spare time I maintain locomotives for a non profit and fabricating custom tools is a large part of keeping our equipment in service. Miller welding machines keep us going.

    One such project is a customized crane used to lift the heavy cylinders of the locomotive on and off the locomotive itself.







    Even a large scale valve spring compressor


  • #2
    Nice work there on the real trains...Bob

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    • #3
      nice joint welds...
      Jim

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      • #4
        Thanks, with our most recent project I found myself faced with a major lack of tools. Since all these tools are very specialized they are very costly to purchase. So I came up with my own variation on them to get the job done. This included custom Jacking tools and anchor tools.

        This is a tool used to Jack the Cylinder Heads free of the liners







        While the head is being jacked free the Liner needs to be properly Anchored to make sure it does not lift out of its seat so a Anchor tool had to be Fabricated to make sure the Cylinder Liner did not come out with the Cylinder Head.

        Last edited by Tooling17039; 04-12-2010, 06:16 PM.

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        • #5
          I'll stick with the MACs...
          Attached Files

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          • #6
            A large majority of the tools I have made will work for the 645 or 710 blocks found in later model EMD power. Even though they were built for the 567 series.

            One of the newer ones a Cylinder Head rotating tool. This was made cause the Heads weigh over 100lbs and can be a bit cumbersome to manhandle.







            Last edited by Tooling17039; 04-12-2010, 08:24 PM.

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            • #7
              Tooling17039, any of those locomotives have "ROY WAS HERE" painted on them anywhere???

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              • #8
                I haven't found that on anything, all of our 12 locomotives started out life as Reading Company Locomotives and most went to Conrail after the merger in 1976.

                One of our recent restorations



                This is the Rear corner of the Cab we had allot of framework and structural repairs on this project



                Everything Cut out



                and the new framework

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                • #9
                  Well, Tooling, looks like some pretty clever tools you built, to do the work with.

                  Question, does the non-profit organization have a website?

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                  • #10
                    JSFAB, We don't run Geeps...SDs or nothing!

                    EDIT: Banged around on SD9s at the start, saw SD40s come and go along with the SD45s. Nowadays its either SD70MACs or rattletrap GE Evos.
                    Last edited by WyoRoy; 04-12-2010, 08:49 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by WyoRoy View Post

                      EDIT: Banged around on SD9s at the start,........
                      I thought you first started, as the guy shoveling coal into the firebox?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by JSFAB View Post
                        Well, Tooling, looks like some pretty clever tools you built, to do the work with.

                        Question, does the non-profit organization have a website?
                        Thanks part of the enjoyment for me is inventing things to do the work with so far its like 18 or so tools to pull out the Power assemblies and regasket them in our 567B engine.

                        The Museum I am with is the Reading Company Technical & Historical Society

                        http://www.readingrailroad.org

                        We operate EMD's and ALCO's and have a GE and Baldwin Representation







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                        • #13
                          @Tooling17039 - Really nice work, and on a scale that's way beyond my skills. I couldn't help noticing that in the photos of the "Cylinder Head rotating tool" that the hole for the hook is drilled above the center line of the beam and it looks like the beam's top half, above the hole, is flexing or bent under the weight. The whole assembly is massive, but might be undone by this one spot. Like I said, this is not my area of expertise. Think of me as the little kid pointing and saying "Is that right?".

                          [QUOTE=Tooling17039;232459]A large majority of the tools I have made will work for the 645 or 710 blocks found in later model EMD power. Even though they were built for the 567 series.

                          One of the newer ones a Cylinder Head rotating tool. This was made cause the Heads weigh over 100lbs and can be a bit cumbersome to manhandle.

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                          • #14
                            Interesting you caught that, The photo was of my mock up and test of the tool. I actually addressed that issue and added some cross braces to keep things in place a little better.

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