<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
> built during the "Legends of the Engine Compartment" adventure. The
> building of the cabinet was reported here:
> 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
> 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
> a better system for securing the top when it was closed. I filched a
> of clamps from my dad that were similar to these:
> and attached a couple of four by four blocks (more left over deck parts)
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
>> That's sure a pretty car! Much nicer than it was in the first set of
>> pictures when you brought it home.
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