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Old March 13th, 2010, 05:26 PM   #61
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Default Progress report 03/12/2010

I got more work done this afternoon. I did not like how the flexible conduit was "wrapping" around the corners to the back of the oven, so I have redone the corners. All of the conduits are run now, I just have to run the wiring for the oven elements and get them wired into the control panel. I will be leaving the top two elements unhooked for now. I'll probably hook them up to at least test them out (while the bottom two are unhooked to do so).

I picked up an assortment of gold-plated terminals today, to use for wiring in the elements and lights, as opposed to using the "cheap" aluminum terminal ends.

I also found out that the thermocouple should NOT be at the top of the oven, but rather centrally located. I have relocated that now.







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Old March 14th, 2010, 05:15 PM   #62
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nice work! I really want to build one...but i live at home with my parents and my mom yells at me as the powder gets all over lol. Perhaps when I get money I can rent out a building and do it.
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Old March 14th, 2010, 05:54 PM   #63
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nice work! I really want to build one...but i live at home with my parents and my mom yells at me as the powder gets all over lol. Perhaps when I get money I can rent out a building and do it.
I usually try to spray the powder outdoors, when I can. Once I have a spray booth built with some good filtration fans, then indoors I'll go.
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Old March 15th, 2010, 08:24 PM   #64
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Default More progress ... more pics ... 03/15/2010

Here are pics from today's progress. Everything is all wired up now. Top set of oven elements are currently unhooked, until I can safely run more juice to the garage.

I hope to have the windows in the door tomorrow, and the door finish insulated and outer door skin put on. Still need to screw the door seal rope around the opening, seam seal the inside with the high-temp oven cement, install the toggle clamps for keeping the door closed and screw a handle on the door.

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Old March 16th, 2010, 02:43 PM   #65
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Default More Pics ... More progress ... 03'/16/2010

Today, I didn't persay work on the oven, but I did start doing some MUCH NEEDED spring cleaning to deal with the winter mess in the garage and get some stuff out of the way, for putting the oven in. I also powdercoated some front spoiler mounting plates for a buddy's Corvette.












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Old March 18th, 2010, 10:04 AM   #66
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Default Progress today - Part A

Got the inside seams all sealed up with 2000-degree furnace/oven cement. Also, a close-up of the 4-pronge 50-amp range cord I installed.



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Old March 18th, 2010, 03:33 PM   #67
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Default Progress today - Part B

This afternoon, I played around with a buddy's plasma cutter, trying to cut apart and make smaller, the oven doors. It worked OK for a while, but I think is having problems.

Soooooo, I got out the big torch and rather quickly trimmed off the excess on the doors. I then ground off the edges and welded the two halves together. I will be installing these into the oven, for the window in the door. One of the pics below, shows the full oven door, just setting in the area where the window will be located.

More pics to follow later as I make more progress. Here are the latest pics.







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Default Progress today - 03/19/2010 - Part A

Last night I had a fun time finding more of the Rutland Furnace Cement in stock ... aparently it's a seasonal item. 3rd store I went to (Home Depot) had to locate the skid(s) all the wood stove stuff was packed in, pull it down from their rafter storage and get out 2 tubes of it for me. The manager was really cool about ... very helpful ... for $7.00 worth of caulk!

Today, I worked on the door window frame more. The sandwiched door pieces, from the double wall oven, after being welded together, where 1/4" thinner than the large oven door is. So, I took two more sheets of the high-temp oven door glass, from the double wall oven, and cemented and taped them in place, on each side of the sandwiched window frame. This gives me the right thickness now.

I mocked up a cardboard template for the window opening area, and used that to get the position to cut out the window opening in the door inner panel. It was crude and effective.

I have the window frame cemented to the door inner panel now, and screwed into place. More work to come this evening, after I go do some work elsewhere.

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Default Progress today - 03/19/2010 - Part B

Once I got back home this afternoon, I did more work on the door, from about 4:30-9:30 PM. The door is almost done. Door skin is on. Window is functional. Industrial-sized handle is installed ... does anyone recognize this "handy" item?

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Default I thing I'm done with the oven! 03/20/2010 Update

I just finished up the oven. Got the toggle latches screwed/welded into place. Got the door seal screwed into place, as well as doubled up at the top of the oven. Got the high-temp terminals installed for the upper elements.

Now on to some garage clean up so that I can get the 240V wiring and outlet installed in the wall. This thing should be up and running tomorrow!

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Old March 22nd, 2010, 11:03 AM   #73
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Default It's alive ... It's alive!

Dr. Frankenstein has puuuuulled dee svitch! It' alive ... now to go test it out.




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PID ... check





Lights ... check





Lower elements ... check



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Old March 22nd, 2010, 01:09 PM   #75
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Default Test drive #2

Swapped out the wiring in the control panel for the upper elements. They're working too!

Lower elements raise the temp about 1-degree every 2 seconds.

Upper elements raise the temp about 1-degree every 3 seconds.

So, with the lower elements usually running, I should be able to hit 450 degrees in about 13-minutes (from 55-degrees outside).


Upper elemments ... check.

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Default First Test drive with powdercoated parts 03/23/2010

Today I tested out the oven with some powdercoated parts. Sprayed Mirror Chrome on an Offy I6 intake, 2 V8 thermostat housings and a couple of heater hose fittings (for the V8 intakes). I also sprayed Black Stardust on another V8 t-stat hsg and a Turbocity Rockit dual snorkel intake, which I will be running on my 304 stroker.

The test drive had a learing curve to it. I was having some issues with the contactors in the control panel buzzing, about 70% of the time, once the oven got to temp and started cycling on and off. Ted at www.tedsfabrication.com was a great help with this issue and has gone the extra mile to help me out. Ted's was where I got the control panel from.

Now for the bad ... I busted the inner window pane in the oven. I didn't even think about the expansion issues, once the oven warms up. Having cemented the glass pane to the door inner ... well ... POP ... spider-webbed glass everywhere. So, again, Ted was a great help with suggestions for correcting this issue, sharing with me how he builds his oven window, so that expansion/contraction doesn't bust the glass.

Here are pics of the parts I coated up today. Pic quality is OK. I need to take some pics of the black stardust in bright sunlight to really get the true effect of this black rainbow prism powder. I plan to do my intake manifold and valve covers in this powder, also.















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Old March 26th, 2010, 09:03 PM   #77
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Default New parts done with oven ... and ... New powdercoating gun

I've been able to do some more parts in the oven and I'm getting the hang of it now. Today, I sprayed some Eastwood reflective chrome on the fabbed aluminum valve covers which WERE on my 304 stroker, as well as on an I6 Offy intake and a V8 Airgap intake. I still need to spray the clearcoat and cure that.



I also have purchased a new gun. Did some researching on both the Eastwood forum and the Caswell forum, and decided to choose the Kool Koat 2.0 gun from www.columbiacoatings.com ... it is really sweet and sprays AWESOME (circles around the Hotcoat hobby gun). I've used the Hotcoat gun of/on for 10+ years and it was time to upgrade.



I also picked up a new rolling scaffold from Harbor Freight, to use as my hanging rack for spraying/cooling parts. It works pretty good.





















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Old March 29th, 2010, 09:33 PM   #78
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Default Powdercoated some GW rims and AM Eagle 58's

I have been working on powdercoating some early 80's Grand Wagoneer turbine rims, for a local FSJer. I sprayed the rims with Reflective Chrome and the center caps in Smoke Chrome.

I also have some 15x10 American Eagle series 58 rims, which I drilled for GW center caps. Tonight I sprayed two of the rims in Black Stardust ... eventually, the center caps will probably be in 1-stage Chrome (waiting for that to arrive).

I am going to experiment with different methods for hanging the rims in the oven, to see which method works best. So far, I have been hanging them with 1/8" cable and 50lb s-hooks.

I will also be adding some sheet metal shields over the elements, to shield the heat from any parts that are near them ... this was suggested by a member on the Eastwood Powdercoating forum and I see the need for it.

I have also discovered tonight that doing 2 rims at a time, instead of 3-4 is actually quicker for the heat-up time (less cold mass to warm up). Once I can run all 4 oven elements at once, it will work a lot faster.

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Old March 29th, 2010, 10:06 PM   #79
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nice stuff man! I hope to one day be able to afford to do this on a higher end scale.
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Old March 29th, 2010, 10:12 PM   #80
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nice stuff man! I hope to one day be able to afford to do this on a higher end scale.

Thanks. You're using the hotcoat system now, right? So far, I'm liking the Kool Koat system ... having to get used to using it differently than the hotcoat.
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