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 Posted: Fri Jan 4th, 2019 04:41 am
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Matthew Elliott
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does anyone have a Kidney gear box that is broken but still good enough to make a templet out of? Was hunting one on eBay only for it to bring a crazy price ( BUT the gears were included as well and a 16” fan ) I’m wanting one in good enough shape for me to mesure and ATTEMPT TO make. If so get with me I’m interested to see and purchase one. 



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 Posted: Fri Jan 4th, 2019 05:14 am
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Don Tener
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Good luck. I was watching that one also. $282 was to much for me to. I have one but I need a good top. When I get a top I plan to try and cast some. As for you buying one they are hard to find and most people don't want to sell. Here is what I have.


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 Posted: Fri Jan 4th, 2019 09:54 am
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Pete Moulds
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Can I suggest an alternative solution?

You seem to have the critical parts of the kidney box already.

I had a similar problem sometime ago with a double wheel cast iron coffee mill.

The integral hopper top lid was smashed and half of the quite thin cast iron lid was missing. At the same time one of the paired fly-wheels was missing completely.
Replicating the missing wheel was easy as I just used the other wheel as a model, had a sand casting mould made and made a brass casting; which after painting looks identical.

The lid was a little trickier. Using the existing part of the lid, I made a female mould from dry setting modelling clay. Using this I then made up a model in body repair filler, 'Bondo', of the missing piece and trimmed to suit the broken area. This was joined with epoxy, filled in the join and sanded to leave a complete smooth model of the lid.

Then with a complete lid, part Bondo and part cast iron, I had a model with which to cast a new complete lid in brass.
Brass is easier to cast and easier to work with for trimming, smoothing and drilling than cast iron.

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 Posted: Fri Jan 4th, 2019 10:33 am
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Lane Shirey
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I have a complete, working unrestored fan with a good gearbox that I’d sell for $300 plus shipping. I think the flange may be cracked if I recall but the box is good. That’s an easy fix with a White Glove repair kit. I’d remove the box for shipping. It’s a 16”

I don’t know if it’s what you’re looking for, but I seriously doubt you’ll find a gearbox without a fan attached to it. The gearboxes are bringing $300+ these days. If you can find them. 

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 Posted: Sat Jan 5th, 2019 05:12 am
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Tom Morel
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These days you're buying a gearbox with a fan attached, not the other way round.

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