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#28
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 98
posted February 28, 2002 09:59 AM
I'm looking for info on weights for ballast. I've seen alot of lead filled valve cover type weights and want to know where can you buy the lead and how do you go about melting it. Is it even worth doing or would it be better to purchase steel free weights?

x13jc
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 191
posted February 28, 2002 10:41 AM UIN: 27426975
coleman sells lead

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dirtracer14
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 333
posted February 28, 2002 11:10 AM UIN: 23443678
I just went threw this whole thing. First i found a local tire shop with 2 buckets of tire lead (155 pnds each)that he sold me for $20 a bucket. Then the problem of melting it came up. I got sevaral ways from others here on the forum. I went with what things i had, wich were a metal pan and a torch. Then i went and got 2x2 and 2x3 box tubing and cut it to the size that i needed. Now the melting part i just filled my pan with the tire lead and used the torch to melt it down as i was melting the steel clip would float up and i used a metal spoon with holes to pull it out and any other contaminates out of it.It didnt take a whole lot of oyx or acy to melt down the 300 pnds i had and for the money i would say this is the cheapest way to get the lead you want. Just to let you know when the lead get real hot it POPS at you so i wore long sleve and a full face shield, also did this outside because of all the smoke. I hope this helps!!

poboy2
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 199
posted February 28, 2002 01:27 PM
You may also try your local metal recycleing center. Ours sells lead already melted into 20 bricks. He's cheap too.

#28
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 98
posted February 28, 2002 09:02 PM
Thanks, now I'm off to get lead poisoning.

ford5
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 221
posted March 01, 2002 07:11 AM
if you guys are melting lead be sure and do it outside and dont standdownwind cas' you are lookin at a real fast way to get lead in you body--lungs and as we all know that isntgood!

#28
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 98
posted March 01, 2002 03:20 PM
My recycler wanted .25 a pound, so I checked with a tire shop and lucky me they gave it away like I was doing them a favor. I put some in a metal can on a fish cooker for about 45 minutes and whala, homemade weight. Yes, I picked out the metal with a spoon and stayed away from the smoke. The hardest part was pouring it out. Thanks Dirtracer for the info, it definetly helped me out.

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