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blakdawg
08-14-2011, 11:42 AM
Has anyone made a cheeta tank for tubless tire inflation?
They look handy but pricy. I have used straps, either, torch gasses ect.
Not too keen on the flammables, rough on eye brows, and flying tires in
the shop. Just feeling the waters.

PTP
08-14-2011, 01:09 PM
I haven't made one but I have seen one that was home made. I believe that he used a propane tank. It worked just fine but they are loud.

Be careful when working with the propane tank. Blow that thing up and saving $200 on the unit will be the least of your problems.

pugs
08-15-2011, 11:18 AM
My dad made one for us. I got pictures of the tube that the cheetah uses and printed them out to get an idea of how to make that.

The tank is a from an old Portacable air compressor. I believe its a 6 gallon tank. It works well. Little heavy/awkward. Could use some handles added on but it works. Honestly I dont think you need the huge volume for smaller mower tires. Could probably get the tank from an old twin stack compressor thats probably 2 gallons and it would work or find a hot dog one thats 2-4 gallons.

I am not in the shop today but will try to remember to take a pic of it for you tomorrow.

piston slapper
08-15-2011, 12:23 PM
I've been tempted to make one for years. Some of the imported tires are so deformed from being tied together in shipping, If you dont have a Cheetah, you cant get the sidewall to the rim.

I HATE MOUNTING TIRES.....

dutch1
08-15-2011, 01:41 PM
I'm with you, Slapper, I don't like small tire work either.

An old non flow restricted air gun works pretty well(most of the time) if I can get the bead reasonably close to the rim. Seems like most of the current production air guns are flow restricted by OSHA and don't work to well.

Try setting those mangled tires out in that warm Florida sunshine for a while, maybe they will regain their shape.

Restrorob
08-15-2011, 09:52 PM
OK,

Here's another Restro Special.....

I've got a clean 5 gal hydro oil bucket, A clean 4 lb grease bucket and a clean 1 gal paint can. These cover all the common size tires.

I bought a extra one of these off the tool truck; http://www.amazon.com/Solid-Brass-Regulator-Valve-Tools/dp/B004BQXBHI, Put my air hose fitting on one end then a 4" long pipe nipple in the other.

Once the tire is on the rim lay the assembly on the top of the appropriate size container valve stem up with core removed. On larger wheels with lug bolt and center holes throw a hand full of shop rags in the center of the rim, Put the toe of your shoe in the center and apply pressure to hold the rags and push the tire against the rim of the bucket. Your using the outer rim bead area to push on the outer tire bead to seal the tire to the rim of the container.

Stick your valve/nipple assembly over the valve stem and twist the valve open, The air will seat the tire in a heart beat no matter how smashed the tire is. But have a quick thumb to put over the stem when you remove the air valve assembly.....

On front caster wheels use the middle sized bucket and re-install the axle bolt to plug the center hole, On front lawn tractor wheels use a long bolt or piece of all thread and a couple flat washers to plug the center hole. The paint can is handy for those PITA 4" wheels.

For a measly $8 investment..... Works for me !

piston slapper
08-16-2011, 09:07 AM
Rob.....Thats almost too easy....Time for a RestroRob Patent ????

AMAZING BUT TRUE... No more fighting the tires...

pugs
08-16-2011, 09:53 AM
Here is our version. Also useful as a portable air tank.

Restrorob
08-16-2011, 12:30 PM
Time for a RestroRob Patent ???


Ha !

It's already got BR549-206 assigned to it..... :dancing:

dutch1
08-16-2011, 03:57 PM
With that patent number, just call it the Junior Simple Special!

Ya snuck up on me with that one. Great suggestion.:clapping:

Restrorob
08-16-2011, 06:20 PM
just call it the Junior Simple Special!


http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/images/smilies/biggrin.gif

For all you yungin's out there, This is Junior; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5S2z8rDL9Hg

piston slapper
08-17-2011, 03:27 PM
http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/images/smilies/biggrin.gif

For all you yungin's out there, This is Junior; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5S2z8rDL9Hg

That explains it....Why your shop attracts so many portly "Daisy Mae's"

GO GETTUM' JUNIOR

topsites
08-17-2011, 11:15 PM
For what it's worth I do know that having the clip chuck is invaluable:

piston slapper
08-18-2011, 09:22 AM
That explains it....Why your shop attracts so many portly "Daisy Mae's"

GO GETTUM' JUNIOR

Sorry about that Rob....Couldn't help myself....

I'm sure you'd probably work in Vegas if anything actually needed to be mowed or cut in the desert.

MY BAD...:waving:

Restrorob
08-18-2011, 08:42 PM
Sorry about that Rob....Couldn't help myself....


That's OK Slapper, I quit closing the local watering holes down years ago..... I was in fear of wake'n up next to one of these "Daisy Mae's" !!! http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/images/smilies/vommit.gif

piston slapper
08-19-2011, 10:43 AM
That's OK Slapper, I quit closing the local watering holes down years ago..... I was in fear of wake'n up next to one of these "Daisy Mae's" !!! http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/images/smilies/vommit.gif

Been There....nothing more sobering than waking up with $200 worth of makeup on your pillows..:confused:



Sorry about Hijacking this useful thread about ways to inflate tires....:waving:

SLAPPER