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Old 11th August 2010, 03:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Aluminium fabrication required

Hi all

I am looking for a company or individual to help me with part of my build. I have 2 aluminium lids and 2 aluminium panels that need some cutting doing.

The lids require some rounded corners and the panels need 2 sections to be cut out again with rounded corners. I would do this myself but I want the corners & edges to be perfect and don't think I'll do a very good job.

Here is a picture of one of the lids that needs cutting:


I am based in Warwickshire so if anyone knows of anywhere/anyone in the area that can help that would be great

Many thanks

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Old 11th August 2010, 04:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Aluminium fabrication required

I have someone local to me - or might know someone in Woking, but just realised that isnt local ..
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Old 11th August 2010, 05:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Aluminium fabrication required

Arborfield near Reading any good?
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Old 11th August 2010, 05:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Aluminium fabrication required

A bit of an off-centre answer.

I have a sign manufacturing shop, and regularly machine out this sort of job on my CNC flatbed mill. 4ft x 4ft, and have done up to 32mm thick alloy for gaskets, adapters, brackets, mounts etc.

Could be worth ringing around local sign businesses to see if any of them have a bit of petrol in the blood and are willing to help you out.

Would be a 20 minute job if you walked in my door, but the air fares would be killing.
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Re: Aluminium fabrication required

Try Bryn at Allyfab here: AllyFab Contact

He's also a GT40EC member
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Old 12th August 2010, 05:01 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Try Bryn at Allyfab here: AllyFab Contact

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Thanks Brett will give him a call

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Old 12th August 2010, 05:18 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Re: Aluminium fabrication required

I believe he is also building a Tornado. So may be able to give some advice.
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Re: Aluminium fabrication required

Hi Trevor,

What youíre asking for is very basic fabrication and you should be treating this as part of your learning curve on the car.



A few key points that may be of use:
  • Practice on scraps until you feel confident on the actual parts
  • Accurately mark the radius with a scriber
  • For the external radius cut roughly to shape with tin snips or a jigsaw
  • For the internal radius cut roughly to shape by chain drilling or a jigsaw
  • Finish with either a hand file or a powered rotary burr (sanding bobbin)

It may take a little longer, but youíll get more satisfaction out of your build. Iíve just build my own exhaust system, never done one before and I can now proudly say I did that!

Regards

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Re: Aluminium fabrication required

Hi Trev,

A friend of mine is based just outside Stratford on Avon and builds Dragsters and Hot Rods mainly. His fabrication skills are awesome.

This job would be a doddle for him if his schedule allows him the time to fit you in.

I'll PM you his tel number.
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Re: Aluminium fabrication required

Check for anyone with a water jet, that is short work for a cnc abrasive water jet cutter.
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Re: Aluminium fabrication required

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Hi Trevor,

What youíre asking for is very basic fabrication and you should be treating this as part of your learning curve on the car.



A few key points that may be of use:
  • Practice on scraps until you feel confident on the actual parts
  • Accurately mark the radius with a scriber
  • For the external radius cut roughly to shape with tin snips or a jigsaw
  • For the internal radius cut roughly to shape by chain drilling or a jigsaw
  • Finish with either a hand file or a powered rotary burr (sanding bobbin)

It may take a little longer, but youíll get more satisfaction out of your build. Iíve just build my own exhaust system, never done one before and I can now proudly say I did that!

Regards

Andy
I've done some practice curves using a jigsaw and file and know I could probably do a reasonable job myself but I'd rather trust someone else to get a better finish.

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Old 12th August 2010, 11:47 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Re: Aluminium fabrication required

Thanks for the suggestions guys

Going to try Marks guy in Stratford-upon-avon as he is just up the road and sounds like he knows what he's doing. Panels due to go to him next week so I'll keep you posted on the results

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