View Full Version : What did you make with Bridgeport?
12-06-2005, 01:05 PM
I know what a bridge port it basically. But what have some of you guys made with it?
I 'm into custom automotive engine work and custom suspension. Just list what you've made and pictures would be great!
12-06-2005, 09:58 PM
Bridgeport what? I have a 1929 Bridgeport screwdriver. I haven't made anything with it--It's sitting in a display case with some other antique tools. ;)
12-06-2005, 10:17 PM
I don't own a "Bridgeport" but here is an interesting link: http://www.jjjtrain.com/vms/mill_machine.html.
Ken: I didn't know they made screwdrivers http://www.metalmeet.com/forum/images/icons/icon4.gif. Sounds rare. If it's a straight blade screwdriver then the display case is where it belongs http://www.metalmeet.com/forum/images/icons/icon10.gif, I hate straight slotted screws http://www.metalmeet.com/forum/images/icons/icon8.gif.
12-07-2005, 04:09 AM
I know what a bridge port it basically. But what have some of you guys made with it?...Brendan
Bendan, a Bridgeport is a verticle milling machine. At least that's what most people are talking about when they say Bridgeport.
12-07-2005, 06:13 AM
http://metalmeet.com/forum/images/smilies/icon_idea.gifYou make baby Bridgeports! http://metalmeet.com/forum/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif
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12-07-2005, 06:15 AM
I know that a bridgeport is a milling machine, I was just curoious to see what people make and do with them.
12-07-2005, 07:01 AM
A person can make a living with a mill.
12-07-2005, 07:42 AM
I use mine for a bunch of the machined parts on our ewheels. Various mounting plates, adjusters, yokes. I do a lot of precision drilling and tapping.I'm not a machinist but I make a lot of chips. Sometimes when the chips are removed from the original chunk, it actually becomes what I wanted it to! LOL
12-07-2005, 03:51 PM
I have a bridgeport mill (have had it for a number of years). it is a very versitile machine and I have mad alot of stuff on it.
billet aluminum engine and accessory brackets
suspension and chasis componets for streetrods and race cars.
tools (P-hammer and more)
parts for a steam tractor
made a OHV cyl head ( with roller rocker) for a briggs motor
rear disc brake calaper mount brackets
made airplane parts for a friend ( brackets)
made parts for a lathe
in addition I have made many repairs or modifications to other stuff.
machined warped carb bases flat
cut pedistal, drilled/taped for screw in studs for cylinder heads
ported cylinder heads
installed valve guides
modified pistons for valve clearance
cut keyways in replacement screws for the mill for conversion to CNC ( have not done the conversion yet)
fixed the neighbors edger
cut out a sheetmetal bracket
milled slots in wood for a project of mine
repaired a old wood lathe
I have future plans for the machine
convert to CNC
once I have converted to CNC I can make a bracket to hold the gun of my plasma cutter and a table protector and I will have a CNC plasma as well
make a live steam model engine
make a english wheel
make a helve hammer
I picked up a 2D cnc table that attaches to the exsisting mill table, but have not used it yet.
the only way I would sell the machine is if I was replacing it with a cnc machine. preferably the one from HAAS that can be used as CNC or manual.
I do have a lathe I would sell
12-07-2005, 10:04 PM
I have a Bridgeport, and it and my lathe are like my right and left arms.......couldn't do without them........john
12-08-2005, 08:12 AM
Hi Joe, did you cut out a "Red Flag", or do it in "relief" on your bridgeport? :lol:
01-08-2006, 05:42 PM
I have a Supermax vertical mill (same as a Bridgeport). I do most any and everthing with mine, Like slotting brake rotors, o'ringing cylinder heads, making exhaust and intake flanges, custom brackets and mounts for engines and chassis, splining axles, making gears etc, etc, etc. I most recently made a set of adapter plates to mount Struts in the upper shock location on the Ford Mavericks and Mustangs for a bolt-in strut convertion kit i developed for them.
01-08-2006, 05:59 PM
hey chassis guy, i'm in morehead city and go to school in wilmington, do you have a pretty good shop setup? I'd like to come by sometime and check it out, i'll be heading to wilmington on tuesday
01-08-2006, 06:15 PM
Its small. But I do a lot of work there. I have some other equipment but can't fit it in my shop.
But sure, stop by anytime. I will PM you with my numbers and stuff
Renee n Jerry Conrad
02-07-2006, 05:25 PM
It's not a Bridgeport, but this is what we do with our mill. Did I say we get the weird ones? No, I didn't make it - I just cut the teeth.
Something for scale here, that's a Maytag washer under the knife! Maybe he's gonna cut firewood with it?
So, what do you do with YOUR Bridgeport?
Jerry A Conrad
"If I could have any tool I wanted for this job, what would it LOOK like?"
02-07-2006, 05:51 PM
Hi Jerry ,
Now "That's a KNIFE" !!
Crocadile Dundee Would be put to shame...
You and Renee sure get the odd jobs , cant argue that...
02-07-2006, 07:57 PM
I'll bet he has trouble getting through security at the airport with that http://126.96.36.199/forum/images/smilies/icon_lol.gif http://188.8.131.52/forum/images/smilies/icon_lol.gif
02-07-2006, 08:39 PM
I'll bet he has trouble getting through security at the airport with that
Or maybe not......................
02-25-2006, 06:01 PM
I went to school for it and worked in a machine shop for 4 years. Made alot of things. Brake calipers for the rotors on blackhawk helicopters and other tools and fixtures for Sikorsky. With a miller, lathe, and a surface grinder you can make anything you want. Even stuff you think you need a cnc machine for.
02-26-2006, 08:21 AM
I've made a lot of things on them but the lastest parts to make were new fingers for my sheet metal brake. Bought it cheap because most of the fingers were gone...how do people lose stuff like that?? :confused:
02-26-2006, 11:33 PM
Having misplaced one one inch brake finger, I can tell you that it isn't that difficult to lose one!
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