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ScubaLawyer
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Faux RAM

Sun Mar 04, 2018 12:20 pm

Finished my Cyclone, HPR, DBE, faux RAM rebuild. The cans are from a thrashed West Pico AM, the body is from an otherwise junky Voit Navy. The internal hardware (bonnet retainer, etc...) are all NOS parts from a bag of stuff a friend gave me. Tire yoke from a friend in Alaska. Label from Allan. Amazing breather. The Cyclone 1st stage locked up instantly and repeatedly at 135 psi. Kinda fun creating something out of random parts.  Mark

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"The diver who collects specimens of underwater life has fun and becomes a keen underwater observer. .. seek slow-moving or attached organisms such as corals, starfish, or shelled creatures." (Golden Guide to Scuba Diving, 1968) :D

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Re: Faux RAM

Sun Mar 04, 2018 1:43 pm

Looks Great! Nicely done 8)
Doing it right should include some common sense, not just blindly following specs and instructions. .Gary D, AWAP on SB

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Re: Faux RAM

Sun Mar 04, 2018 1:58 pm

Bryan wrote:
Sun Mar 04, 2018 1:43 pm
Looks Great! Nicely done 8)
Thanks Bryan. Appreciate you having the necessary parts. Also free Argonaut advertising - if you look at the reflection in the first photo you can see the "Argonaut Dive" sticker my son put on the back of my phone. :D
"The diver who collects specimens of underwater life has fun and becomes a keen underwater observer. .. seek slow-moving or attached organisms such as corals, starfish, or shelled creatures." (Golden Guide to Scuba Diving, 1968) :D

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Re: Faux RAM

Sun Mar 04, 2018 6:39 pm

Nice!

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Re: Faux RAM

Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:22 pm

Good job, Mark. That's a beauty, and you should feel good about putting all that together!
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Re: Faux RAM

Mon Mar 05, 2018 2:49 am

antique diver wrote:
Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:22 pm
Good job, Mark. That's a beauty, and you should feel good about putting all that together!
Thanks Bill,

I was staring into a pile of DH parts in a box a while back and it suddenly dawned on me I had most of the parts for a reg. Couldn't resist the challenge. Now, on to that HW with the restrictor. 8)
"The diver who collects specimens of underwater life has fun and becomes a keen underwater observer. .. seek slow-moving or attached organisms such as corals, starfish, or shelled creatures." (Golden Guide to Scuba Diving, 1968) :D

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Re: Faux RAM

Mon Mar 05, 2018 3:20 pm

Bryan wrote:
Sun Mar 04, 2018 1:43 pm
Looks Great! Nicely done 8)
Ditto!
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Re: Faux RAM

Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:27 pm

That's beautiful man. Truly.
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Re: Faux RAM

Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:43 pm

Thank you Ron and Couv! Had fun doing it! Damn addictive hobby. 8)
"The diver who collects specimens of underwater life has fun and becomes a keen underwater observer. .. seek slow-moving or attached organisms such as corals, starfish, or shelled creatures." (Golden Guide to Scuba Diving, 1968) :D

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Re: Faux RAM

Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:07 pm

Looks great... rechromed cans too?
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Re: Faux RAM

Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:56 pm

Fibonacci wrote:
Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:07 pm
Looks great... rechromed cans too?
Yes, rechromed. Before rechroming the cans looked like someone had dropped them down a garbage disposal. Amazing what a hammer and a good chrome shop can do. :D
"The diver who collects specimens of underwater life has fun and becomes a keen underwater observer. .. seek slow-moving or attached organisms such as corals, starfish, or shelled creatures." (Golden Guide to Scuba Diving, 1968) :D

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Re: Faux RAM

Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:27 am

Wow... I missed this when you posted it in March. That's just beautiful Mark. SwimJim calls the Cyclone upgrade a "Hot DAAM".
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Re: Faux RAM

Fri Apr 27, 2018 7:39 am

DA Aquamaster + Cyclone + HPR + DBE = Hot DAAM! :wink:

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Re: Faux RAM

Fri Apr 27, 2018 11:31 am

I'm just happy someone gives a Royal DAAM about it. :D

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