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WesternAuto17
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 248
posted April 12, 2002 09:03 AM
What do you guys use for weight? The lead in speedway is pretty cheap, but the shipping would be more than the cost of the weight. I think I'm gonna have to add 300 to 400 lbs.

Just lookin for ideas,
WesternAuto17

AC156
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 295
posted April 12, 2002 09:50 AM
old cracked heads work good. they already have holes in them.

powerglides
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 69
posted April 12, 2002 01:09 PM
You can go to the local highway dept and ask them where the pile of worn out snow plow edges is. these are about 3/4" x 5" and have holes.

ryan
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 430
posted April 12, 2002 01:19 PM
If you have any steel distribution centers with a processing department they should have left over scraps up to 3" thick. I work at Norfolk Iron and Metal and scrap steel is very cheap it also helps that I am the one cutting that plate

[This message has been edited by ryan (edited April 12, 2002).]

nw15
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 7
posted April 12, 2002 04:39 PM
You could go to any local tire store and ask to buy their used wheel weights. Then you could melt them to the shape you'd like.

WesternAuto17
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 248
posted April 12, 2002 04:50 PM
how many wheel weights does it take to make 100 pounds? about 13 billion?

DEEDDUDE
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 111
posted April 12, 2002 06:39 PM
I went by a tire shop and picked up 770lbs. of lead. Free. It took a while to melt it, you have to skim the trash off the top and pour it in to molds. I made mine from 2x2 and 2x3 tubing. Put holes in the tubing first and install a sleeve for the bolts. looks good and easy to move. I made mine to weigh about 60lbs. a piece. Good Luck.

Yogster33
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 13
posted April 13, 2002 06:37 PM
You get about 100# or so of lead from a 5 gal bucket of wheel weights. I did the same as deedude and put it in 2x3 tubes,all I have to add is make sure you weld a piece of flat steel on one end so the lead stays in. A 12in. 2x3 tube full of lead weighs about 25lbs and a 24in weighs about 50lbs. Hope this helps

bigyellow
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 22
posted April 13, 2002 08:21 PM
We melted wheel weights and then poured them into a valve cover. After it cools, the valve cover pops off and you have a 45 pound weight. We just drilled holes for mounting.

Eljojo
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 273
posted April 14, 2002 09:02 PM
OK Believe this-I frame houses>>there are tons of scrap two by's left over and plenty of junk to make a fire out of. I built molds out of wood---built a fire in the yard and went to melting wheel weights! I made the forms 3 1/2 wide and 4" high-about two feet long. Wet them down a little before ya pour in the lead. You will also need something to dip the steel clips off the top of the molten lead. It worked great for me and didn't cost a dime. The new tire shops were happy to donate the old weights-In one afternoon I had about 300 lbs of lead bullion just weighting to go racin! LOL

WesternAuto17
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 248
posted April 15, 2002 08:40 AM
What kind of "pot" do you use to melt the lead? Just a regular iron pot?

Thanks

powerglides
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 69
posted April 15, 2002 10:20 AM
I use an old freon tank cut in half with 1/2" square tubing handles welded on.

RangeRover
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 174
posted April 15, 2002 01:10 PM
Guys, remember to have a strong fan behind you, blowing the nasty fumes away. Breathing that stuff is bad news.

Yogster33
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 13
posted April 17, 2002 08:24 PM
If at all possible cook it outside and stand upwind, like they said the fumes are nasty. T

snowman
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 140
posted April 17, 2002 10:04 PM
Wear a respirator. You need the combination filter voc's/heppa. Pink and yellow stripes on the canister.

BE SAFE
Snowman


ryan
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 430
posted April 18, 2002 12:47 AM
Here's a tip for some of you newer guys. When you drill your lead have a glass of water full of ice and dip your bit in it and then drill for a few seconds and keep repeating until your done. Trust me it's way faster

powerglides
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 69
posted April 18, 2002 06:37 AM
You guys are right about the fumes. I think its great that racers are thinking about health down the road. We all want to see our grandchildren someday!

te33
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 46
posted April 22, 2002 07:11 PM
this may seem a little odd but i use old weights from work out sets,they come in all diffrent combos,you can get them cheap,out of the paper,yard sales,your own old sets!you can even get them cheap at walllyyymart.they have holes in them,just make a big thick plate,and use a BIG grade 8 bolt to hold it in .

WesternAuto17
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 248
posted April 23, 2002 09:47 AM
We had our first lead smeltin party this weekend. Thanks for all the input.

I used wood forms and here's what I learned. Don't use much water to wet it down or the lead will splatter pretty bad. Also, nail the 2 by's together with a ton of nails b/c the cooling lead expands and moves the sides out.

I'm gonna try 2x3 steel channel next, I think it will work a lot better.

Thanks again.

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