|Project by PopsHuckster||posted 09-20-2013 06:09 PM||2103 views||6 times favorited||18 comments|
Always wanted an ECO air meter for outside the shop. Used to see these at every service station around for a long while. Prices today range from $500 to over $2000 depending on condition. Websites dedicated to just supplying parts or rebuilding one for you. Naaaaa … cost too much and didn’t want one that bad. Then last week i got the latest Winfield catalog and there it was … a pattern for the darn thing!So I ordered it right away.
As usual I’ve changed things a little like: 1. I didn’t use plywood for the front trim. It gets painted silver/chrome and I didn’t want to have to deal with the edge grain on plywood. So I used some 1/4”cherry I had left over from a previous project. 2. I didn’t cut up a 2×10 to make some of the layers. Instead I mitered up some 2×4 scraps and glued them together. The center gets trimmed out anyway so why waste a full size board when you have scraps. 3. I plan on making it a working unit by connecting it to the air manifold the feeds the existing outside air reel. Because of using the full size hose, I had to use stronger steel for the hose hanger.
The unit calls for a light inside to shine thru the front panel in selected spots. Not sure I’ll illuminate it because it’s going to be outside and who cares. NOW if I was gong to make it a table lamp… yeah. Then illuminate the inside. The last pic shows light shining thru the front panel from a back light.
As I go along..I’ll keep posting some pics. Feel free to critique or question.