|Alldays & Onions with Deutz diesel and new paint job|
|Before new paint|
Numereous hacks and stumbling blocks. Got 2 "B" belts from Princess Auto that looked right but when put in place, one was slack when the other was tight. Went to the seals-and-bearings Local Guru who in turn read the numbers over the phone to the Halifax expert and determined that one was "industrial" while the other was "fractional horsepower", i.e. Not The Same. Feh. Two new belts from the Local Guru.
The 1/4" plate with the pillow block bearings and shaft that's held in place with C-clamps has guide pins for positioning so that it can be removed without disturbing the alignment of the gear & shaft. Now that I have proof of concept, I have to make some rugged dogs to to replace the C-clamps. I suppose I could weld it up but I like being able to remove the whole shaft assembly without mucking with the big ol' bolts that attach the bracket to the hammer and without disturbing the bearing alignment. The gear shaft is the shaft from the original 15HP, 400V motor, expensively modified at the machine shop to take the bearings and pulley.
The belts are tensioned by a strut made from a truck tie-rod, including the left/right threaded turnbuckle affair. Once the engine is approximately in place and lined up and the belts on the pulleys, a couple of turns of the turnbuckle bring the belts up to tension. The engine doesn't seem to move around much while running but I guess I'll stake the off wheel so that it can't creep and mess up the pulley alignment.
So now I can get back to playing with the hammer itself instead of with engines, belts, shafts etc. I think I should fix up an automatic oiler to replace the manual give-it-a-squirt-now-and-then one. The big, clunky drawing dies could do with some serious modification. And of course I gotta get some big chunks of iron real hot and learn to use the thing. Yow! More fun.