The front cover started life as a 125mm diameter by 300mm piece of Aluminum 7075-T6. I bought a stick of this long enough to make the cover, crankcase, rear seal plate, air guide, impeller, and a few fixtures. The diameter was needed to accommodate the crankcase so I did end up wasting a little material on the other parts.
I changed the internal profile of the front cover from the faceted design in the drawings to a smooth curve to match the outside profile. I laid both the inside and outside profiles out in AutoCAD, then created a couple of Excel spreadsheets (part 007 inside path, part 007 outside path) to help me turn these on my manual lathe.
I’m using a Korloy MGEHR1616-3 toolholder with a MRMN300-M insert to profile the outside and a MGIUR4025-3 toolholder with a MGMN300-M insert to profile the inside.
With my tool preset, I proceeded to follow the toolpath I generated by starting at center, setting the depth of cut, and then feeding out till I reached the calculated diameter. This was repeated until I reached the bearing flange depth.
Every once and a while, I’ll widen the groove all the way over to the left edge so I don’t have to feed in so much on every plunge. I’ve just finished doing that in this photo.
Still, it only took about 10 minutes before I was ready to part the cover off from the stock. I’ve left the bearing flange area long and I’ll clean it up to length later when I go to the mill.
There’s some dried coolant on the part in the photo, but the surface finish left by the 2500 grit paper closely approximates the as-turned finish on the crankcase.
With the lathe work complete on the front cover, work moved to the mill. A tooling plate was clamped in the vise and nine each alternating #4-40 and #6-32 holes were added on the 3.750″ bolt circle of the crankcase to fit both the front and rear covers. A center 3/8″-16 hole was tapped through, and a groove was milled to clear the lip on the front cover.
In addition to the front and rear covers, this tooling plate will also be used to fixture the crankcase for its milling operations.
Nine #4-40 screws are now inserted in the newly drilled holes to fasten the cover for work on the bearing plate retainer flange. Where the flange had previously been parted off long on the lathe, it is now milled to the finish height.
The six #4-40 holes are drilled and tapped in the bearing flange. You’ll probably need to add a little bit of countersink to these holes to accommodate the small amount of the screw head that protrudes on the backside of the bearing retaining plate.
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