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  • #46
    Under that long block box is where all your relays live. They’re the old open face style.

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    • #47
      Jrd, yeah right after that photo I blew a tonne of dirt out ill try give it a real good clean before I put it back. Ryan, so I need to remove the black cover and blow out under there too? I guess I should at least check the relays while I'm here.

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      • #48
        Probably won’t be any dirt in there. That box seals up pretty good, but it’ll at least be fun to pop the lid and take a peek.

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        • #49
          Originally posted by ryanjones2150 View Post
          Probably won’t be any dirt in there. That box seals up pretty good, but it’ll at least be fun to pop the lid and take a peek.
          And to snap pics for us to see too, lol

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          • #50
            Well its been a while but I'm renovating the house I live in and my wife thinks running toilets and actual walls are more important than welders...

            However I finally got the girl plugged in and running. Opened Her up blew out the cobwebs, wired on a new plug and it she worked perfectly first time. Of course ive never stick welded before and the sticks im using are probably 20 years old but I'm happy regardless. Her last owner passed away in 2004 so I'm pretty impressed at how well it works.

            Here are some pics with the sides and top off.

            Appreciate all the advise I got in here. Ill be working on the Wilson Hornet from the '40s shortly and ill post about that too.

            Cheers.

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            • #51
              That is fantastic! And, frankly, not unexpected--as several here have said, these things are incredibly reliable. And, stick welding doesn't require some of the relays and switches needed for TIG, so you're starting off with the "minimalist" approach.

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              • #52
                Thanks mate. With two boxes of sticks to burn to figure the process out too. Should be fun. It did make a ticking sound. Not sure if that's normal or not but either way a great afternoon. Now I just need to get the other 3 phase beast running so I can dim the lights in the neighbourhood.

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                • #53
                  That’s awesome! She’s a skookum old beast, that’s for sure. I don’t recall any reason for a ticking sound. If it’s rather fast in tempo, I’d suspect something hitting the fan blade or maybe one of the bearings or bushing for the fan blade shaft. I can’t think of any reason for anything to click or tick or whatever in there. About the only things that move, without you moving it at least, are the fan and the relays. If a relay is pulling in and out repeatedly, thanks probably something to look into.

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                  • #54
                    Thanks for the thoughts. I'll trouble shoot this week. Was about every 4 seconds.

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