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loudandproud
loudandproud New Reader
10/16/20 9:10 a.m.
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) said:

In reply to loudandproud :

Im guessing you'll modify the hub, not the wheel?

Well that was the original plan but due to where the bearings are, and how much we need to modify, I decided to bore the rotor and the wheel instead. Alittle bit on a nuisance but i don't expect to be going through rotors like crazy. 

AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter)
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
10/16/20 9:41 a.m.
loudandproud said:
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) said:

In reply to loudandproud :

Im guessing you'll modify the hub, not the wheel?

Well that was the original plan but due to where the bearings are, and how much we need to modify, I decided to bore the rotor and the wheel instead. Alittle bit on a nuisance but i don't expect to be going through rotors like crazy. 

totally understand, as i too am not a witch. you might want to have a spare pair of each on the shelf for the inevitable off-track excursion that i hope never happens.

loudandproud
loudandproud New Reader
10/16/20 1:55 p.m.

In reply to AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) :

not a bad idea. The rotor are cheap, wheels not as much. Im hoping to run a square setup so one spare would be good.

AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter)
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
10/16/20 2:13 p.m.

In reply to loudandproud :

Square setup plus one spare, if all five are modified, is probably pretty safe.

loudandproud
loudandproud New Reader
10/25/20 4:43 p.m.

Episode 25 is up 

thanks for checking out the vids

 

loudandproud
loudandproud New Reader
10/25/20 4:44 p.m.

Made some further progress on the firewall build out. The Passenger side is all roughed in. Taking a little break right now on the drivers side.
I went and ordered some front end components this week and they should be showing up over the next week or so. I am switching the grill over from the Work truck style 1992 Single headlight to the 1998 composite grill setup with will be color matched.

I also talked to a local buddy named Jason Schmuck who builds some SICK turbo systems at his company SchmuckBuilt. He had a 22"x11"x6" Vibrant Plate and Bar intercooler that he ordered for a job that got damaged on one side in shipment. This works out PERFECT for me because I can only fit an 18" wide intercooler between the compressor exits the way I want to run it. He cut me a good deal on it and cut the intercooler down on his bandsaw to 18". I just need to weld up a cover plate on the cut fins and ill be in business to start fabbing up and intercooler.

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Fraser
Fraser New Reader
11/3/20 3:28 p.m.

Lying sick in bed today. Binge watched all the YouTube posts, again! Inspiring. 

 

loudandproud
loudandproud New Reader
11/20/20 7:54 p.m.



[VIDEO]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41IYjVKyQ-4&feature=youtu.be[/VIDEO]

Got some work done. Check out the new video!

Shaved alot of weight off the front of the truck doing this... plus it looks good.

loudandproud
loudandproud New Reader
11/22/20 7:44 p.m.

The front end i am working on is perrrty light. Its 1.25" OD tubing, 0.049" Wall tubing. Ive got a pretty good amount of adjustment built into the grill mounting tabs. Should give a bit of flexibility.

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Mr_Asa
Mr_Asa SuperDork
11/22/20 8:00 p.m.

Is it just me, or did you shorten the truck a little bit?

Front and rear proportions for the frame Vs cab look weird for some reason.

loudandproud
loudandproud New Reader
11/23/20 2:18 p.m.

In reply to Mr_Asa :

Its a getting a shortbed... and it 1" shorter wheelbase than a standard short bed. So...yeah. Lol.

loudandproud
loudandproud New Reader
11/29/20 6:20 p.m.

Well, I'm starting something new. Im starting to work in some composites. I started the process of building a set of carbon fiber valve covers for the truck. I started out by building a 3d printed plug and then body working it in.

Below is the video showing the process so far. Made some good progress. Once this sits for about 2 weeks I'll layup the fiberglass to make the female mold.

 

[VIDEO]https://youtu.be/6VK3tXNglYM[/VIDEO]

loudandproud
loudandproud New Reader
12/2/20 10:13 a.m.

The carbon fiber valve cover plug was printed with Wood infused PLA. Filled with Valspar Icing glaze, blocked, and then coated with DuraTec Primer Surfacer. I wetsanded the primer surfacers and then cut with M105 and M205. 

Im waiting 2 weeks for it to outgas, then we will be laying up the tooling gel coat and the fiberglass mold. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

asphalt_gundam
asphalt_gundam New Reader
12/2/20 10:31 a.m.

Composite projects like this and pretty much everything from Throttlestopgarage makes me want to try doing some stuff with carbon. On one hand it seems reasonably easy on the other it seems like a massive amount of work/time/money/figuring it out investment. 

You going to be vacuum bag or wet layup?

I've watched a lot of videos on doing both. Vacuum bag gets a better finish and lighter but wet layup done correctly can get very close.

loudandproud
loudandproud New Reader
12/4/20 1:34 p.m.

In reply to asphalt_gundam :

LOL. Its funny you say that because that channel is exactly why I took the plunge. So far... Its a LOT of work, but so is everything else on this project and I think these parts will make it unique. I am planning on a vacuum infusion process. 

This particular part is am ambitious start. Complex curves, tight radius, deep draws etc. On top of that I am planning on using a High temperature infusion epoxy resin which will require a very tightly controlled post curing process. This particular resin is good to 450°F once cured. It requires that the part be held at 100F, 200F, 300F, 400F and 475F for one hour, moving from each hold no faster than 2°F per minute. Then you have to cool and hold in the reverse order.  I am getting the arduino, shields, relays and parts ordered from ebay now so that they will show up in a month or so. That way i can start the oven build after the fiberglass mold has had time to outgas. 

The cost is kind of misleading. There is no "dipping a toe" into this. You basically need about $700 worth of stuff to make your first part.
This part itself will only consume about $60 each in consumables, but you have to buy alot of stuff by the gallon. That gets expensive, and it gets even more expensive when you realize some of this stuff only has a 6 month shelf life. Sooooo basically you need to make a bunch of stuff in parrellel to use all of your consumables before they go bad. 

I literally have the next part design up on my screen so I can start the next plug set and use up my Duratec primer before it expires in like 3 months.

 

 

 

JeremyJ
JeremyJ Reader
12/4/20 2:25 p.m.

I don't like this thread. It makes all of mine look childish in comparison. 

Great work, man. I'm jealous of your fab skills. 

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