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sha_ba_do_bang
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!

Thanks

Brendan

CCWKen
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. ;)

Ernie Ferrucci
12-06-2005, 10:17 PM
Hi Brendan

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.

Kerry Pinkerton
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.

edwardd_
12-07-2005, 06:13 AM
Brendan,

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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http://www.barryjordan.freeola.com/bridge.htm

sha_ba_do_bang
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.

Brendan

Gene Newcomb
12-07-2005, 07:01 AM
A person can make a living with a mill.

Kerry Pinkerton
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

rsanter
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.

like:
billet aluminum engine and accessory brackets
suspension and chasis componets for streetrods and race cars.
tools (P-hammer and more)
motorcycle parts
parts for a steam tractor
made a OHV cyl head ( with roller rocker) for a briggs motor
rear disc brake calaper mount brackets
adapter 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

bob

Boogiemanz1
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

FriarTuck
12-08-2005, 08:12 AM
Hi Joe, did you cut out a "Red Flag", or do it in "relief" on your bridgeport? :lol:

Tuck

Chassisguy
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.

sha_ba_do_bang
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

Chassisguy
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.

http://www.metalmeet.com/photopost/data/500/knife1.jpg

Something for scale here, that's a Maytag washer under the knife! Maybe he's gonna cut firewood with it?

http://www.metalmeet.com/photopost/data/500/knife4.jpg

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?"

underdog57
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...

Bob

jlrussell4
02-07-2006, 07:57 PM
Hi Jerry,
I'll bet he has trouble getting through security at the airport with that http://206.125.208.236/forum/images/smilies/icon_lol.gif http://206.125.208.236/forum/images/smilies/icon_lol.gif

Peter Miles
02-07-2006, 08:39 PM
I'll bet he has trouble getting through security at the airport with that
Or maybe not......................

strtrcer222
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.

crankshaftkid
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:

DJ

Peter Miles
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!