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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,

posted April 12, 2002 09:50 AM
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).]

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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


posted April 15, 2002 10:20 AM
If at all possible cook it outside and stand upwind, like they said the fumes are nasty. T

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.


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

posted April 18, 2002 06:37 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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