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    Re: Antique homebrew HOBART MR-300 with a flathead 6


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    All it needs is Marvel Mystery Oil for its' inners,
    a top coat of Turtle Wax, and it'll be ready for
    the show circuit . . . bill it as the first machine
    powered by the Flux Capacitor . . .

    Pls post - if/when, it turns/fires and welds . . .


    Opus

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    Re: Antique homebrew HOBART MR-300 with a flathead 6

    Quote Originally Posted by OPUS FERRO View Post

    MilitiaMetals


    All it needs is Marvel Mystery Oil for its' inners,
    a top coat of Turtle Wax, and it'll be ready for
    the show circuit . . . bill it as the first machine
    powered by the Flux Capacitor . . .

    Pls post - if/when, it turns/fires and welds . . .


    Opus
    Tossed a bar on it, engine is stuck will pull the plugs and filler with diesel tomorrow.

    Got my new carb for my 1945 Hobart, so will get back to working on it.

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    Re: Antique homebrew HOBART MR-300 with a flathead 6

    Quote Originally Posted by MilitiaMetals View Post
    Tossed a bar on it, engine is stuck will pull the plugs and filler with diesel tomorrow.

    Got my new carb for my 1945 Hobart, so will get back to working on it.
    Tranny fluid/acetone free it up in no time although it might be the genny side that's stuck???

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronsii View Post
    Tranny fluid/acetone free it up in no time although it might be the genny side that's stuck???
    Could be, but generally not in my experience, if it is the welder head...I've got a line on a functioning replacement welder head that had the engine stolen off of it recently for another project.

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    Re: Antique homebrew HOBART MR-300 with a flathead 6


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    Quote Originally Posted by MilitiaMetals View Post
    Tossed a bar on it, engine is stuck . . will pull the plugs and
    filler with diesel tomorrow . . .
    Don't hurry . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by ronsii View Post
    Tranny fluid/acetone . . . free it up in no time . . . although
    it might be the genny side that's stuck???
    To free the engine - 'this is good advice' . . .
    Do this - and don't hurry . . . take time - and peen [vibrate]
    the block . . .

    Do this twice weekly - for a month - if Genny is dead - that
    might require a rewind . . .

    hth


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    Re: Antique homebrew HOBART MR-300 with a flathead 6

    Quote Originally Posted by 12345678910 View Post
    Did the tires hold air with no work ?

    Just getting it out of the weeds it's a hundred times less pitiful
    I happened to take a picture thinking Trailer Fail, or Welding Fail threads. This dump trailer has been in a family three generations. They have used it for trash since the 1950s.
    tires are rock hard, but no air in them. It was loaded with half ton of debris, tires showed no evidence of being flat.

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    Re: Antique homebrew HOBART MR-300 with a flathead 6

    One of the branch managers who was let go when they closed a whole bunch of stores where I worked owns the oldest and most original restored Rumely Oil Pull. Pretty cool and they kick start it.

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    Acklands by chance? Why were they shutting down stores?

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    Re: Antique homebrew HOBART MR-300 with a flathead 6

    Talked to the oldest guy around that used to work grading the gravel roads in my home RM/County, he started in September of 1969 and the welder was already there so it was put together between 1950 and 1969! It's my mission to find out who made it!
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    Re: Antique homebrew HOBART MR-300 with a flathead 6

    Talked to a handful more locals, got sent down a rabbit trail that actually led somewhere! Called the son of a man who was thought to have possibly built it, his father Max did not build it, HOWEVER he did own it at one point in time! He later sold it to my local RM/County shop. Max had previously bought it from another man named Eddie who lived 12 miles or so east. I spoke to one of Eddie's son who was born in '42 but he did not recollect the welder, so he called his 10 year older brother. Unfortunately he didn't remember it either, however he did say his father did build quite a few contraptions, of which one was a tire bead breaker that Eddie and his friend had patented! So far it's not the complete history, but I still learned a bit from those days gone by. Max's son Stan who is 79 told me the men at the RM/County shop used to switch hit weld the cleats on the Cat dozer, they'd have 2 sets of cables hooked up to the welder, one guy would weld til his rod was gone and then the next guy would start burnin while previous guy would get a new rod!

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    Re: Antique homebrew HOBART MR-300 with a flathead 6

    Quote Originally Posted by MilitiaMetals View Post
    Acklands by chance? Why were they shutting down stores?
    Yes, Acklands Grainger that is now Grainger Canada. Went from over 175 stores to only 31. Want to mostly direct ship and try to compete with Amazon. Everything they did to try and increase sales resulted in lost sales. Have no stock on a lot of items and takes forever to bring them in. Got rid of all the managers and other employee's with any knowledge. Grainger US doesn't understand Canada is a different market than the US. You can't just go into a branch and buy something. You can place an order and even if they have it in stock at that location, you have to come back in a couple hours to pick it up. A lot of customers want to just pick up the stuff they need and be on their way. They don't want to wait 2 hours, 4 hours or the next day to get what they need. They'll go down the street to a different supplier and get it right away.

    I was in technical product support and they eliminated the entire group of 10 of us and it's all done in the US now. We used to do mostly e-mails from branches so we could do some research to find what the customer required. The US does everything over the phone and is generally expected to have an answer in 6 minutes. It takes longer than 6 minutes to find a lot of stuff with vague descriptions and no brand names. I was the first one involved in a pilot project to see if the US team could find answers. They had zero clue about Blueshield 7018 that is the most popular rod in Canada. Everything is call centers now so you can't speak with the same person at the branch you've been dealing with for the last 5 years. 100's of people laid off and replaced with Americans in an Arizona call center.

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    Re: Antique homebrew HOBART MR-300 with a flathead 6

    Quote Originally Posted by Welder Dave View Post
    Yes, Acklands Grainger that is now Grainger Canada. Went from over 175 stores to only 31. Want to mostly direct ship and try to compete with Amazon. Everything they did to try and increase sales resulted in lost sales. Have no stock on a lot of items and takes forever to bring them in. Got rid of all the managers and other employee's with any knowledge. Grainger US doesn't understand Canada is a different market than the US. You can't just go into a branch and buy something. You can place an order and even if they have it in stock at that location, you have to come back in a couple hours to pick it up. A lot of customers want to just pick up the stuff they need and be on their way. They don't want to wait 2 hours, 4 hours or the next day to get what they need. They'll go down the street to a different supplier and get it right away.

    I was in technical product support and they eliminated the entire group of 10 of us and it's all done in the US now. We used to do mostly e-mails from branches so we could do some research to find what the customer required. The US does everything over the phone and is generally expected to have an answer in 6 minutes. It takes longer than 6 minutes to find a lot of stuff with vague descriptions and no brand names. I was the first one involved in a pilot project to see if the US team could find answers. They had zero clue about Blueshield 7018 that is the most popular rod in Canada. Everything is call centers now so you can't speak with the same person at the branch you've been dealing with for the last 5 years. 100's of people laid off and replaced with Americans in an Arizona call center.
    Yup, they done did messed up. Swift Current Acklands/Grainger has gone down hill, Rosetown shut down down few years back, and the call system blows!

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