If one is learning, then they are interested. If your interested it’s almost as work becomes like a hobby more then “work”.
Are you getting a feel for what you can do with the Mini Mill ?I just picked it up, 500$. It’s smaller then I thought but still worth it. The guy had plenty of different size endmills, dovetail cutter, 3 carbide drill bits also a 3/8 chuck and a Collet set. Few drills there to, including a 1 9/16”, lol, I wouldn’t say I’ll be using that one on this small machine. My 12” lathe probably wouldn’t like that one either.
Machine is in decent shape. Bit of backlash on the table leadscrews but nothing serious.
First machining job here.Are you getting a feel for what you can do with the Mini Mill ?
It is not a full-size knee mill, but, you can still do a lot with it and you don’t have a massive ‘boat anchor’ to move around your workshop.
A 1/2” steel plate bolted to the back of the column helps to stiffen the mill assembly and absorb some machining reverberation generated.
This is the 1” Accusize Flycutter I bought last spring for $75.
These gaskets are seem the same design as a “spiral round” pipe gasket, for the aluminum head side with graphite on the manifold side. Very similar to a head gasket I guess but with the addition of graphite. Doesn’t take much to get a good seal.You would think that Dodge would have redesigned the exhaust manifolds with thicker cross sections or some heat fins.
Have you tried some manifold gaskets of other materials ?
Just a suggestion, I used to cut high-temp sealing gaskets from ‘silicone rubber‘ for extrusion dies running at 600 degrees F.