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Tutorial: How-To make Turbochargers

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Tutorial: How-To make Turbochargers
Posted by 426-Hemi on Wednesday, May 06, 2015 7:49 PM

Turbos it is! Here for all to see! So, what do you all do if you need/want a Turbo thats not made, either in plastic, or resin? WELL heres what I do!

Notice, the spool of solder? This is the Turbo Turbine, and Blower parts, there are 4 of them. 2 per turbo (remember this is a TWIN-Turbo set-up). The brass "Turbo center", VERY important for a set up like this keeps EVERYTHING on the same horizon to the engine as long as your exhaust headers are horizontally even. Side to side mounting is VERY important too, it must be long enough, cut it a bit "long" trim when all together.....

Notice the solder is bent tightly around that brass pipe? This is how ALL of this will be made! The brass is left "long" and will be trimmed a bit and then trimmed again, later as you'll see! NOT glued at this point. A bit more has to be done first!

Notice the '57 300's engine setting here, the brass has been trimmed BUT not "short" it will need trimmed to length one more time! ALWAYS allow for mistakes!

You see 4 of the solder made parts, 2 Exhaust turbines, 2 turbo blowers....

Now for some details. Turbo "flange" ring material.....THIN solder!

This shows HOW I made those really little Turbo "flange" rings to fill the void on the set-up.

More to follow!

~John

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Posted by 426-Hemi on Wednesday, May 06, 2015 7:49 PM

So, now to continue.....I got one side "started" BUT be careful, you must leave some on one end or the other specially when doing tins side-by-side...

Notice where the Turbo "Flange" ring is in the picture, its labeled, but, it also hides where the solder exhaust turbine meets the turbo center.....These rings? need to have 2 PER turbine intake or power, so in the center, it will have 2 side-by-side.

Seen here is the 2 rings BETWEEN or pinched in from the 2 turbine parts, this completes ONLY ONE SIDE!

For posing sake, here is the left-hand side done, awaiting the right hand side.... Right-hand side to come! Stay tuned!

Again, more to follow!

~John

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Posted by 426-Hemi on Wednesday, May 06, 2015 7:53 PM

So now off to the right-hand side of the turbo set up......

Notice, the WHOLE right-hand side set-up is LOOSE! You HAVE TO, get the distance just right on the outer most Exhaust Turbine.....Once that much is set and glued in place, you can go on to assemble it with super glue (CA)....

NOW I'm sure all of you who don't know are wondering where does the exhaust go? (IT POWERS the turbine, which spins the turbine to blow clean air into the engine! BUT the exhaust is just that, it comes out the CENTER of the Exhaust Turbine:

Yet again, more to follow!

~John

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Posted by 426-Hemi on Wednesday, May 06, 2015 7:54 PM

THEN for those people, who are learning......The air intake is in the middle! CENTER of BOTH turbo's! See:

Now this center air intake? It can have a short pipe topped with a K&N air filter, OR can go to something that comes in from the hood, the grill, you name it, FRESH AIR IS BEST! NOT "heated" air from inside the engine compartment!

These can be made ANYWAY you need them too, I just made them fit a car that was lowered, to the ground a bit, AND no holes in the hood! For yet another monthly contest! Hope you enjoy!

Parts List:

> > 1/8th inch thick Solder.

> > .062 inch "Thin" solder.

> > 1/8th inch Brass OR Aluminum pipe "Tubing" -STRAIGHT (NOT curved stuff or bent).

> > 5/32nd inch Aluminum Tubing (For turbo connection "Collars".

> > Choice of favorite CA type glue.

~John

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  • From: Cape Coral Florida
Posted by BigTallDad on Thursday, May 07, 2015 6:11 AM

Nice work! YGM

"In order to teach a dog, you must first be smarter than the dog" P.R. Ferguson

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  • From: arlington, tx.
Posted by rusty32rod on Thursday, May 07, 2015 9:58 AM

   Very educational. thanks for sharing this with us. what sizes of solder and tubing did you use for these?

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Posted by 426-Hemi on Thursday, May 07, 2015 3:59 PM

Thanks guys! The whole thing came about from a friend of mine that talked me into trying this technique on making them as I had a build that I wanted to add turbos to the engine BUT no "kit-built" part would fit as a "twin-turbo" set up.... And thats when it all started! This particular one seen in the above pictures, was done as the second time around on a completely different build! As the first time around, I merely went by the seat of my pants on it and it turned out well as you'll see, as I plan to post pictures of that build as well as the completed car to this one!

Now for the the technical parts......

The large solder, is 1/8th inch thick, standard lead solder (its left over solder from a past job) due to the state I reside in, took the lead solder off the shelves in place of more poison-less stuff for water pipes, and my co-workers was to toss the leaded stuff, and I simply had them stick it in a pile so I could bring it home for things and uses such as this! NOT to be used on ANY water pipes at all, and where possible "sealed" with lead-free paint when possible! Which I agreed to do!

The thin solder, is electrical lead solder, NOT yet taken off the shelves due to it not being used for water pipe soldering so..... I have something stupid like 30 pounds of the stuff that I found at a garage sale some time ago.....

So materials would be as follows:

>>> ".125 Brass pipe. (MUST BE PIPE!) NOT "rod" ".125 = 1/8th inch.

>>> ".125 Solder, LEAD being the easier to "bend".

>>> ".032 LEAD-Solder, for the "flange-rings".

>>> Krazy Glue, or your favorite CA type glue!

The 1/8th thick Antimony-solder, the stuff is good and will polish well but more difficult to bend!

~John

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  • From: arlington, tx.
Posted by rusty32rod on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 9:55 AM

   Thanks for the shopping list. now I know what to start scrounging for.

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Posted by 426-Hemi on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 1:09 PM

Your more then welcome any questions feel free to ask!

~John

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Posted by Daddy_O on Saturday, May 30, 2015 7:35 AM
Wow, thanks for sharing. I saw a similar post for using styrene the same way but solder if definitely easier for me.
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Posted by 426-Hemi on Saturday, May 30, 2015 2:49 PM

-I too have seen plastic used and solder like you is WAY easier to use for this! Just besure is solid solder NO acid core stuff!

 

-I forgot to mention that in my tutorial.... NO acid core solder to be used for this, it will one kink, and 2, the acid isn't "sealed" in well so may be an issue taking paint and or leaking out!

~John

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