<VV> Turbo Odyssey and Hillbilly Blaster -- tools, no Corvair

Rick & Janet Norris rickjanet at charter.net
Thu Mar 31 17:34:47 EST 2005

Let's see, who advised you of all these little "challenges" (as opposed to 
problems) before you built the HBB??


> Thanks, Ned.  I'm very pleased with how it is coming along.
> Yesterday I got an e-mail from Scott Trunkhill asking for an update on how
> well the Hillybilly Blaster worked out.  For those who are new or don't
> remember, the Hillbilly Blaster is the scratchbuilt sandblasting cabinet 
> we
> built during the "Legends of the Engine Compartment" adventure.  The
> building of the cabinet was reported here:
> http://www.wittelaw.com/personal/legends/doc9.htm
> I have made several improvements to the cabinet that have improved its
> usefulness.  In use I found the cabinet to be a bit too short.  Last 
> summer
> I attached four-by-fours to the legs connecting them front to back (left
> over deck parts), and then installed casters on the bottom, raising the
> cabinet about eight inches. The cabinet is much easier to use now.
> Two other modifications were made to keep dust down.  The first was to 
> make
> a better system for securing the top when it was closed.  I filched a 
> couple
> of clamps from my dad that were similar to these:
> http://www.rockler.com/ecom7/product_details.cfm?offerings_id=10397&filter=b
> ench%20clamp
> and attached a couple of four by four blocks (more left over deck parts) 
> to
> the sides of the cabinet on which to mount the clamps.  These seal the top
> much more nicely than the flimsy latches I had on it before.
> The other dust reduction measure I took was to staple a canvas skirt 
> around
> the legs of the cabinet.  (The canvas was a drop cloth abandoned by a
> contractor who did some work at my office.)
> These improvements make the cabinet much more usable.  I find that
> sandblaster tends to clog too often, which could probably be cured by 
> better
> moisture traps and more compressor power.  The compressor problem my solve
> itself via a new "used" compressor.  The typewriter repairman next door is
> selling his building -- I guess selling stuff on eBay is more lucrative 
> than
> fixing typewriters these days -- and offered to give me his 60 gal. two
> stage compressor if I agreed to handle his closing documents for him.
> Sounds like a deal to me.
> Norm Witte
>> Norm,
>> That's sure a pretty car! Much nicer than it was in the first set of
>> pictures when you brought it home.
>> Ned
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