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12-06-2013 05:48 AM

This bit clearly belongs in a bit brace, which I do not have, thinking of cutting the end off for my drill press at a very low speed. I don’t know if this would be ill advised due to whatever value it might have? I do know that spinning it in my hand, it isn’t well balanced and would have the potential for causing big problems if spun too fast! I don’t believe it’s ever been used, the spurs on both cutters are very sharp and the feed screw seems to have no wear at all.

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#1 posted 12-06-2013 06:35 AM

how low can you go. message me your address ill send you a brace.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#2 posted 12-06-2013 07:08 AM

Take Jack’s offer just to be safe. Plus you an bore holes without electricity!!!!

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#3 posted 12-06-2013 03:05 PM

The bit isn’t particularly valuable, but would be rather unsafe in a drill press. The feed screw is designed to pull into the wood at a much lower RPM than a drill press. Even if you solved that issue, the moveable blade arm probably isn’t strong enough to handle the torque a drill press has. Braces are pretty cheap ($1-$20 depending on condition and luck) at antique stores or flea markets, garage sales, etc. Jack’s offer is very kind and take advantage of that if you don’t have the time to go look for one.

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#4 posted 12-06-2013 03:12 PM

Yes to don’t cut it but if you NEED one for your drill press there are/were those made as well, and they’re slow speed on the ‘press.

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#5 posted 12-06-2013 04:54 PM

Pray to the “Big Block Overlords” ...

Would they allow a 50s Fireball Hemi when you have a 426 in you garage?

Would they allow a 390 FE when you can get a 427 Tunnel Port for a $100 next door?

Heed their advise they will guide you to the right path…

“Never destroy that which has survived”.

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#6 posted 12-06-2013 05:12 PM

69BBNova – I had a 53 Desoto with that Fireball Hemi, with over 200,00 miles on it. Still ran like a scat cat when I “got rid of it”. . . . . . . . . . . BIG MISATAKE !

-- BOVILEXIA: The urge to moo at cows from a moving vehicle.

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#7 posted 12-06-2013 05:36 PM

While I must plead guilty to bolting a 57 Olds J27 with tri carbs into a 32 Ford Sedan using a 1/2” steel plate
to make an adapter plate to bolt it to the Ford transmission, I would advise you not to cut this nice bit up.
I have two similar ones, but Irwin made a part number 44801 with a sharp point center spur and a nice
round shank for use in an electric drill that works very good drilling wood. The micro dial you show works
excellently in a brace, I only have one working brace or I would match jumbojacks offer.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#8 posted 12-06-2013 06:18 PM

To Jimbo

Which engine was it? My Uncle had an old rustbucket tow truck that had the 313ci Fireball in it, it was so big we almost couldn’t get through the bay door.

To Bluepine

I looked up your engine, and from your description and the fact it was in a ‘32 Ford sedan, I can only think it was the Oldsmobile 370ci J-2 Golden Rocket (I’m really hoping it was) that you dropped into it…

It must have been quite a mover…

I’m wondering if it had the Carters or Rochester 2 barrels…

I’m also wondering if it was the OEM engine or did you add some goodies, Offy and a cam…

As I was typing I forgot his name, all I can remember he was called (The Godfather of Cams), something like that.

Edit… I just posted this, was it Isky that I remember? I think my spelling is wrong.

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#9 posted 12-06-2013 08:19 PM

69BBNova – Ed Iskenderian “The Camfather”. I had an Isky cam in my ‘80 Monza 2+2. Buick 3.8 V6 with trip Weber 2bbl side drafts. Mated to a B&M turbo 350 and Williams 3.71 posi rear.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#10 posted 12-06-2013 08:41 PM

Thanks tefinn,

I could barely remember…

The Monza was a nice light car, how was the body on it? if I remember they had a awful problem rotting high on the quarters…

If I remember correctly when they started rustproofing the cars they would seal in existing crud and half the time they would block the drain holes in the body panels…

I did transmissions in the 70s -80s we hated the 350s, the intermediate race would shatter, and the input shaft to output shaft used a tiny bushing that couldn’t support the stress and we would fit an 1” long oilite bushing and drill an 1/8” hole on the stub of the input shaft so the fluid could support the load, but we always compared them to the 400s. If I not mistaken B&M came up with the first race that could take it without shattering that’s when they really became popular to use for high performance…

When they came out with the 200s the stamped steel drums would crack around the inner housing and loose pressure. We started talking about have much we loved the 350 and what a good transmission it was…lol

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#11 posted 12-06-2013 11:39 PM

And an adjustable drill bit is sometimes a good thing, but don’t cut the one that’s for the brace’n bit…;-)

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#12 posted 12-07-2013 12:29 AM

as stated above don’t cut.

PM if JumboJack’s offer does not pan out.

-- - Terry

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#13 posted 12-07-2013 02:26 AM

69BBnova: 313C.i., 2BB, with TorqueFlight (the automatic with a clutch, or let off the gas and it shifted for you). AND, you’re absolutely correct about the GM 350 . . . plus the 700R4 . . . . . junk piles. When I was assistant service manager at a GM dealer back in the day, those things were always in the shop being rebuilt.

-- BOVILEXIA: The urge to moo at cows from a moving vehicle.

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#14 posted 12-07-2013 03:16 AM


In the 70s I had a Fairbanks Turboflight(?) kit and full manual valvebody for my turbo 400…

I paid peanuts for it when I’d order from our parts supplier…

I never did use them, sold them to my friend about 15 years ago, told him he could sell them he did well…

I was going to get a ‘55 Chevy had all the 350 parts, TRW, Manley, Isky, Crane Trueroller, Dyers 6-71 Jimmey setup with a Weiand 6-71 manifold, I had no intention of using their crappy adapter plate. It was designed to use a dual plane manifold, If I remember I also bought the 8mm pitch belts…

I already had a ‘57 Belair with the brushed aluminum inserts, but the ‘55 just looked tougher…

Years later I sold the ‘57 back to my uncle just before I got the Nova, He picked up the edelbrock crossram with a pair of 600cfm DPs, ever since then I have loved the look of that setup.

Keep in mind I was about 17-18, I had started learning and doing general repair and transmissions at 13, now I can’t imagine anyone starting to do that at that age.

I think we hijacked this thread…Sorry about that

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#15 posted 12-07-2013 03:23 AM

Hijacked??? Slightly, but you’re in good company!

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