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Old 09-08-2019, 08:39 AM
Denny Graham Denny Graham is offline
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Default First time up for an old fabricator

This forum is a bit confusing for an old dude like me, but I guess now I'm
supposed to tell ya'll a little somethin about me.
I'm retired now for 14 years from the Fermi National Accelerator Lab. I was
a Sr. Tech there for 30 years. Prior to that I ran the welding fabrication
portion of a family business for a decade. Dad was an old time mechanic
trained in the 20's so my brother and I were always messing with cars.
Over the years I've raced midgets, built and flew a biplane in aerobatic
competition and since retirement in 2015, have had a couple of early 50's
Chevy pickup trucks the I've restored (not hot rods) and drive weather
permitting. I've ridden motorcycles (not HD) for 62 years now and still
have a couple that I ride.
For the last several years I've been building a Cyclekart, which will have an
aluminum body copied after a 1929 Riley Grand prix car. For the body work
I've built a bead roller, an English wheel, many hand tools, i.e. slappers,
T-posts, shot bags, blocking hammers, etc.
I've joined the group to see what sort of secrets I can learn from this forum.
I'm 77 and am looking forward to another 23 years and still have a lot to
learn.
Denny G
Sandwich, IL
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Old 09-08-2019, 09:58 AM
Mike Rouse Mike Rouse is offline
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Welcome to the group Denny. Sounds like you are a doer and builder.
Making your own tools and machinery is old school craftsmanship.
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Old 09-08-2019, 10:33 AM
Don Papenburg Don Papenburg is offline
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Hi Denny , You are not to far from me . I live east of Streator .
welcome to the forum , I am just a student here with a few comments now and then . Oh and a lot to learn ! This is the place to learn with all the top notch craftsmen /women here.
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Old 09-08-2019, 01:00 PM
bobadame bobadame is offline
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Welcome Denny. We'll try to keep up with you.
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Old 09-08-2019, 01:18 PM
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Welcome to the forum, Denny.
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Old 09-08-2019, 02:29 PM
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Welcome aboard, Denny.
I like old bikes and am particularly fond of the twin-cam Pierce single.
Glad you got to fly an old bipe in competition ....

( I was scheduled to teach at a "Fermi Lab" last year, but things got complicated.)


It's only metal....
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