If you are tired of paying top dollar at machine auctions here's an idea.
You simply take a piece of steel, high carbon alloy works best, and with a
stick welder, lay several beads of many varying lengths on it. The high
carb. will often crack lengthwise down the weld. Then bring the block to a
wire edm shop and have them shave the welds off flush with the block. What
you now have are ugly cracked welds of differant lengths with perfectly flat
backs. Arrive early at the auction and simply wipe off areas on the ways of
the machines you want to bid on, and with a drop of super glue stick the
welds on. For some reason nobody ever tries to pick the weld off, and its
just amazes me how little interest there is in a lathe, mill, cmm, any cnc,
with cracked weld all the way across the ways. This is how we buy all our
We hope you learned from us;
P.S. We have a lot of other ideas we will be sharing with you in the future
such as spray-on rust in aerosol cans that wipes of easily with solvents.
This seems to work on precision items such as micrometers, gage blocks, pin
Love the idea(s)!! How do you do it!!! Lemme know when you will be
auctioning off some of YOUR stuff, as I know now that you won't mind
me doing any of these things to help ME save money and YOU to lose
your shirt. Jes' gotta love it!! Love 'em all!!
Why doesn't someone just make some latex rust and welds?? I wonder if the
look could be duplicated using solder and some colouring??? Any pictures you
can post. I'd like to add this to a friends car for April 1st :-)
Other cool tricks are to steal small parts of the machine so it's worth much
more than you to anyone else. However, why bother? It's so easy to just make a
great living robbing crack dealers at gunpoint ..
Perhaps we can contact the manufacturer of that very realistic rubber
vomit and fake dog shit. I wonder if we can get a group rate on a
large lot buy?
"Pax Americana is a philosophy. Hardly an empire.
Making sure other people play nice and dont kill each other (and us)
off in job lots is hardly empire building, particularly when you give
them self determination under "play nice" rules.
Think of it as having your older brother knock the shit out of you
for torturing the cat." Gunner