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    I had an eye patched for a week or two once for an injury. The thing I remember most was how much concentration it took to ride my motorcycle back and forth to work. I would be totally stressed out at the end of the ride. so many little things are missing. I can't imagine racing that way. Hat's off to you Winky. Yet I had a coworker who lost an eye when he was around 3 or 4 and he was a football quarterback in high school. I asked him about depth perception, but he had just learned to cue on different things. He could no more explain it to me then I could explain how my brain would process the two images, it just works, and he was better at distances than I was.
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    I lost my eye in 1977 when I was in my mid 20’s it was due to a motorcycle crash … I broke a lot of bones in that incident … I had been released from the hospital for about three weeks when I just had to get back in the wind … my bike was totaled so I asked one of my club brothers if I could take his bike for a spin … it must have looked really strange to see this guy riding a motorcycle with wires sticking out of his head and gauze bandages and a cast on his right leg … could only use the front brake so when I was in gravel it was a challenge stopping. The biggest problem I have now is when I’m walking in crowds … people don’t realize I can’t see on one side so they walk into me and sometimes give me a hard time because they think I deliberately bumped into them. On the road it’s not a problem because I adjust the mirrors to compensate, while racing we don’t use mirrors but we have dedicated lanes. It’s kind of funny because even though I am missing my left eye I prefer the right lane, outside groove. When I’m left lane I prefer the inside groove even when I launch from the outside so I tend to move over to the inside after I launch … not a good practice … costs me time and in between groves you don’t have good cohesion. Being close to the wall at 100 plus MPH makes me nervous when I can’t see it, generally when I make my move to the inside I’m at about the 150’ mark but I really need to stop doing it because it costs me almost 1/10th of a second in my ET … that’s like an eternity in drag racing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Winky View Post
    (Спасибо, мой друг ... Ваша работа является удивительным.) Sometimes when I see the work of others I feel very inadequate ... I have a friend who works for DSR ... Tom Michael Patsis ... http://t.co/9tLKQngS ... this guy just blows me away and some day when I have some extra money I'm going to have him make a piece for me ... probably a model of Antron Brown's rail ... another friend.
    Very cool. I was thinking about doing one (chopped) with my son. But I get a mental block trying to find the parts. The sealed bearing Donor had is slick and even the bearings. But they are not cheap and I do not have surplus.

    Now that I saw Winky's Tom guy, maybe a bike, maybe a rail. The sky is the limit I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by everlastsupport View Post
    Very cool. I was thinking about doing one (chopped) with my son. But I get a mental block trying to find the parts. The sealed bearing Donor had is slick and even the bearings. But they are not cheap and I do not have surplus.

    Now that I saw Winky's Tom guy, maybe a bike, maybe a rail. The sky is the limit I guess.
    Tom has it made because working for DSR and has an unlimited supply of nitro fueler parts … they have to rebuild motors after every pass. What I do for parts is stop by shops and ask if I can dig through their scrap bin and trash … even offer to pay a token amount for broken parts … I find bearings, valves, oil pumps, cams and chains, springs … you name it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Winky View Post
    Tom has it made because working for DSR and has an unlimited supply of nitro fueler parts … they have to rebuild motors after every pass. What I do for parts is stop by shops and ask if I can dig through their scrap bin and trash … even offer to pay a token amount for broken parts … I find bearings, valves, oil pumps, cams and chains, springs … you name it.
    Not a bad idea. Might try that for fun of it. I know my son would like to go with me.

    My Mom is blind in one eyes, from birth, right handed and left eye. Funny watching her shoot a rifle with a scope. With her, you can not tell either, eye moves and look normal, just does not see. She is a pretty good driver too, but hers was from birth, so never know what two views looked like.

    Glad the accident did not even slow you down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by everlastsupport View Post
    Not a bad idea. Might try that for fun of it. I know my son would like to go with me.

    My Mom is blind in one eyes, from birth, right handed and left eye. Funny watching her shoot a rifle with a scope. With her, you can not tell either, eye moves and look normal, just does not see. She is a pretty good driver too, but hers was from birth, so never know what two views looked like.

    Glad the accident did not even slow you down.
    It's good that she has normal appearance ... that has actually been one of the hardest parts for me ... people stare and sometimes make rude remarks to each other as they pass but little kids are great ... they ask about it ... I love their honesty. The only places I don't mind being with the public are places like drag strips and bike or hot rod shows and such ... there are a lot of people with battle scares so I fit right in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Winky View Post
    It's good that she has normal appearance ... that has actually been one of the hardest parts for me ... people stare and sometimes make rude remarks to each other as they pass but little kids are great ... they ask about it ... I love their honesty. The only places I don't mind being with the public are places like drag strips and bike or hot rod shows and such ... there are a lot of people with battle scares so I fit right in.
    Being female, good point on appearance. She's a blonde haired green eyed beautiful lady. No one knows she is blind in the one eye. I never thought about it unless we went shooting or something.

    For us guys, well, we live with the scares, loss of hair and eyesight, weight, etc. hahahahaha.

    Kids are cool. Do the parents freak when the kids ask?
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    Quote Originally Posted by everlastsupport View Post
    Being female, good point on appearance. She's a blonde haired green eyed beautiful lady. No one knows she is blind in the one eye. I never thought about it unless we went shooting or something.

    For us guys, well, we live with the scares, loss of hair and eyesight, weight, etc. hahahahaha.

    Kids are cool. Do the parents freak when the kids ask?
    Naw ...not usually ... they sometimes apologize and I tell them no big deal and smile at the youngster and explain. Green eyes ... how unusual and I'm sure gorgeous. Back to the subject at hand ... when I look at Donor76's bikes I am totally stoked ... he does awesome work ... makes me see how far I need to come. I made some Christmas tree ornaments in the shape of motorcycles and I'm getting quite a few orders for them ... I threw together a short video about them today ... http://youtu.be/jkL_rgQFA0c
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    Good video Winky, looked with pleasure
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    Quote Originally Posted by donor76 View Post
    Good video Winky, looked with pleasure
    Thanks ... it was fun to make. There were several reasons I didn't use the Tig welder ... one I needed to use one hand to hold the pieces as I welded them the other is I would use so much gas making them that I would have to raise the price too high ... they only take a few minutes to make the way I do them. They would look a lot cleaner if I tigged them but they would take four times longer ... this way I just whip them out ... boom boom boom ;-)Click image for larger version. 

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    Good video, I watched your DX video as well. Music was a little loud, but very good video.

    On the bike ornaments, I would maybe try making them on a small copper piece to avoid the sticking from the MIG. Or worth a shot if you have a piece laying around (I know copper is not cheap). Or aluminum?

    I watched the Christmas Ornament video while having the morning coffee. The sped up video and the coffee was quiet the combo. Very cool idea Winky.
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    The sped-up video and "peel away" jump cuts are a sign of good editting, keeps the watcher interested, nice job. I like your mini work table locked in a vise, too.

    Any way to mark the year on the ornament? We've received gift ornaments and it always accents the tree decorating conversation- 'I remember this one, so-and-so gave us this in 2005', for instance. It may be tricky if you're making them for sale, since you don't want to get stuck holding "old" inventory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by everlastsupport View Post
    Good video, I watched your DX video as well. Music was a little loud, but very good video.

    On the bike ornaments, I would maybe try making them on a small copper piece to avoid the sticking from the MIG. Or worth a shot if you have a piece laying around (I know copper is not cheap). Or aluminum?

    I watched the Christmas Ornament video while having the morning coffee. The sped up video and the coffee was quiet the combo. Very cool idea Winky.
    I don't have any copper but I need to get some ... esp for when I'm tigging SS sheet metal since I really don't want to set up a secondary argon flow ... I can get some aluminum so I believe I'll do that. I have some spray no stick in a can but it's kind of messy and a little toxic. Regarding the music being up to high in the 200DX video you are absolutely right maybe Ill see if I can fix that ... only thing is the link is out there for the original one and I don't think youtube has a way to replace a new video with the old link.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveO View Post
    The sped-up video and "peel away" jump cuts are a sign of good editting, keeps the watcher interested, nice job. I like your mini work table locked in a vise, too.

    Any way to mark the year on the ornament? We've received gift ornaments and it always accents the tree decorating conversation- 'I remember this one, so-and-so gave us this in 2005', for instance. It may be tricky if you're making them for sale, since you don't want to get stuck holding "old" inventory.
    I can engrave a date on the tank but I was thinking about instead of sheet metal for the tank just bending some 1/8" in the shape of one would make them look cleaner and speed up the process ... I can add a tag or something ... that is a good suggestion. For my bigger more expensive art pieces I sign and date them with a Dremmel tool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Winky View Post
    I don't have any copper but I need to get some ... esp for when I'm tigging SS sheet metal since I really don't want to set up a secondary argon flow ... I can get some aluminum so I believe I'll do that. I have some spray no stick in a can but it's kind of messy and a little toxic.
    Not a bad idea if you remember, some anti-spatter would do it. Or PAM (maybe olive oil) spray. Only mention the olive as I used it for my eggs this AM, but have heard people say it works. There are soap types too.

    My memory is so bad, when I am done with the MIG, I clean (nozzle and top) and spray, so it is on the for the next weld day

    I do my two sons as well. If I left it to them, I've seen the one smacking the spatter from the nozzle banging the gun on the table. Kills me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by everlastsupport View Post
    Not a bad idea if you remember, some anti-spatter would do it. Or PAM (maybe olive oil) spray. Only mention the olive as I used it for my eggs this AM, but have heard people say it works. There are soap types too.

    My memory is so bad, when I am done with the MIG, I clean (nozzle and top) and spray, so it is on the for the next weld day

    I do my two sons as well. If I left it to them, I've seen the one smacking the spatter from the nozzle banging the gun on the table. Kills me.
    That reminds me ... lol ... I forgot to clean my nozzle yesterday I did however remember to turn off my tank and pull the trigger to drain off the pressure before turning off the machine. There is nothing worse than going out to the shop when you are about to start a big project and see you're low or out of gas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Winky View Post
    That reminds me ... lol ... I forgot to clean my nozzle yesterday I did however remember to turn off my tank and pull the trigger to drain off the pressure before turning off the machine. There is nothing worse than going out to the shop when you are about to start a big project and see you're low or out of gas.
    Funny, I have not done that is years. Friday I did that, 2 hours later ran back and sure enough it was on and you could hear hssss... Small leak at the regulator, make-shift setup to test out the 210ETX, so not the norm for me.

    The 210ETX is very cool. Wish it was a 250...
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    Quote Originally Posted by everlastsupport View Post
    smacking the spatter from the nozzle banging the gun on the table. Kills me.
    Ahem... not that I would ever do that... no sir, not me... could you explain the *correct* way? For the noobies who *are* doing it wrong, I mean, not for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveO View Post
    Ahem... not that I would ever do that... no sir, not me... could you explain the *correct* way? For the noobies who *are* doing it wrong, I mean, not for me.
    Anti-spatter spray helps a lot, depending on the type you do have to clean that off with a chemical).

    A set on MIG pliers are a must, pop in the nozzle if really bad and twist. I use that or wiggle the nozzle off and clean it. I know, you have to stop welding.

    I just saw someone talking about needing a new gun. They are not cheap, one good wack could do it But they are tough, I watch people to it all the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveO View Post
    Ahem... not that I would ever do that... no sir, not me... could you explain the *correct* way? For the noobies who *are* doing it wrong, I mean, not for me.
    Myself ... I take a bore brush (like you clean a gun barrel with) and clean my nozzle with it then spray a small amount non-stick on it … I use that stuff sparingly … but it works.
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