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    6G72 Crank Lamp

    There are so many stories of spun bearing 3/S motors out there, it's quite saddening. What's worse is, many of those cranks were just scraped. Most scrap yards will give you $10-$20 at the MOST for a complete engine. Almost not even worth scrapping...

    Well... Another project I'm working on is turning the crank from my coffee table into a lamp for my apartment. Here's the story on the coffee table

    The idea is simple. Take the crank, bolt the flywheel to it and weld a piece of lamp rod to the front end.

    Here it is assembled.




    I had so many used flywheel bolts it was maddening. At least here they could be useful!



    Lamp rod welded in place. Next time, I'll chop off the crank pulley bolt, put it in a lathe, drill a half inch hole in the center, and tap it for the lamp rod. The weld didn't come out as good as I was hoping. Even after sanding it down to look better...



    Here it is after a night in the oven at 850 degrees to burn off all the oils.



    Masking tape covered with 4 layers of duct tape protect the lap rod from the blaster.



    Here they are wrapped in plastic with 2 incandescent bags to keep the moisture from rusting the steel. Ready for powdercoating!



    The crank lamp will be coated the same color as the engine coffee table.

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    Lowes also sells the pieces I need to make the light fixture itself.



    Cost was about $9. They had other fixtures there like a pull chain or touch sensor, but I didn't opt for those as it'll be plugged into a switched outlet.

    Only thing I need to buy is a lamp shade. Haven't even started looking for one yet...
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    Very cool idea i like the table a lot, im gonna read that thread now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Austin@STM View Post
    Very cool idea i like the table a lot, im gonna read that thread now.
    I was also thinking of making one out of a cam, but couldn't come up with a way to drill a half inch hole ALL the way thru it...

    On the crank lamp, the power cord will just come out the switch socket and down the back side.

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    Nice, you like heavy furniture huh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoreyB View Post
    Nice, you like heavy furniture huh.
    It's not that bad. The crank is 42lbs with the stock flywheel attached. The motor is 82lbs.

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    Heavy ass lamp, dayum!

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    Im making lamps with my crank bearings and lifters welded in a mitsu symbol . You should get a white lamp shade and put a vinyl Mitsubishi symbol on it . Or prints of the car...Theres got to be a place that makes custom lamp shades.

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    I've got exactly what I need to make both of these (table and lamp). My new winter project! Best dorm room furniture ever
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    First stage of the powder coating is finished!



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