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Torque converter centrifuge

Discussion in 'BioDiesel & Alternative Fuels' started by kbenz, Jan 16, 2021.

  1. kbenz

    kbenz Full Access Member

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    Ive seen a couple built. My question right now is how do you gut one out? This is as far as I’ve gotten. Nothing else seems to be coming loose

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    curious why ?
    take it apart.. think you need to heat up in a furnace
     
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    You couldn’t pay me to do that again. Time for a beer or 12

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    I think I’d grind the weld and pull it apart then reweld it if I was to do it again.

    as far as why, I’m building a centrifuge and that will be the bowl.
     
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    You have to cut the parting line weld between the 2 halves along the Outer diameter of the Converter to take it apart. Normally done in a Lathe.
     
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    I've been eyeing that too. Talking to a guy that has a centrifuge listed for sale, but he doesn't seem too interested in selling it. So still interested in the project, and being frugal like I am, I looked into homemade options. I stumbled across a thread on steel soldiers https://www.steelsoldiers.com/threads/homemade-centrifuge.112814/ about using a torque converter. Sadly, I've scrapped all my old converters out because I had no use for them, otherwise I'd have the project started.

    With those home made jobs, they all seemed to complain about balancing it. Looking at your cuts, I'd say you're going to have trouble with it too. IDK how fast you plan on spinning yours, but most of the electric motors I have laying around are 3000+ rpm units. Now I have little experience at this, but to spin that fast I feel you'll want to be balanced nearest to 0 that you can be.
     
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    Once I get the mount made I'll turn that opening to true it up
     
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    I bet you could get a old junk torque converter from a transmission shop for pretty cheap. Probably core price. 15-20$. Might be worth calling around. Just a thought.

    Good work man!
     
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