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Old 05-30-2012, 11:06 AM   #1
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Default A few things I have created lately

Well Ive been on a real fabrication kick lately and I thought you guys would enjoy seeing my creations.

I began with making some fender braces to replace the very flimsy stock units.



Then I decided I wanted to make a master cylinder brace.



Then I finally broke down and bought a tig welder. I had wanted one for quite some time and it just so happened that our local custom motorcycle shop was selling one of theirs. So I picked it up and promptly taught myself how to use it. At first it was a bit weird, but I quickly got the hang of it. Now I can't put it down! I love it. So, I thought I would weld of a sort of cage style brace to stiffen up the hole rear of the car. I made it out of aluminum.




Next im going to make a catch can, and maybe some under-car bracing
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Old 05-30-2012, 12:51 PM   #2
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Very nice work.
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Old 05-30-2012, 01:34 PM   #3
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Very Nice! Why buy it when you can build it!
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Old 05-30-2012, 06:07 PM   #4
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awesome work! please post more pics of your work!
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Old 06-06-2012, 05:23 PM   #5
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Very nice work! Are you painting or powder coating?
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Old 06-07-2012, 04:25 AM   #6
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how did you mount the trunk bracing?
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Old 06-07-2012, 10:36 PM   #7
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I sanded, scuffed, then clear. Coated it. I like the raw finish look. In the trunk I mounted it to these holes that went through the "frame rails". They were covered by a small sticker.
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Old 06-08-2012, 07:52 AM   #8
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I would be very concerned about that brace if you get rear ended with passengers. You're going to transmit a lot of energy directly into the back seats.

Also, the rear cross braces should run all the way up to the front - having them pick up the middle of those tubes reduces the stiffness by a significant amount. Triangles are what you're after. If you have an opening which is not a triangle it's going to be compromised.
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Old 06-08-2012, 12:15 PM   #9
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The way I have designed it in the rear, it should give out under a large hit before causing harm. It was too large to build as one unit then bolt it it, so instead it is 2 separate pieces that are joined together. The joint is a small sleeved section on one side and a half section of tube that slips over top of the internal aluminum rod,then bolts in. This area along with a couple other areas should result in a a crumpling under a large hit.

I couldn't run the x-brace all the way up because of the sections that needed to be cut to make it removable.

Thanks for your concern. Safety was in my mind when I was creating it.
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Old 06-08-2012, 10:23 PM   #10
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If you ever think about mass producing the braces let me know!! Outstanding work!! Godspeed

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Old 06-08-2012, 10:39 PM   #11
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I would be very concerned about that brace if you get rear ended with passengers. You're going to transmit a lot of energy directly into the back seats.

Also, the rear cross braces should run all the way up to the front - having them pick up the middle of those tubes reduces the stiffness by a significant amount. Triangles are what you're after. If you have an opening which is not a triangle it's going to be compromised.
I was just thinking there was a lack of triangles. The braces do look pretty but some triangulation will get you the most out of it for chassis stiffening.

Now get on it...and sell me one!
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Old 06-13-2012, 09:49 PM   #12
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great job man! i really wish i could weld better.
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:40 AM   #13
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Nice i would like to know where you learned how to do these things.
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:25 PM   #14
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Awesome!! Love the master cylinder brace
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:25 AM   #15
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Glad you like them. Really I've just self taught myself everything. I have a huge urge to constantly learn new fabrication skills. I just love to make things and say that you created them.
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Old 12-16-2012, 04:17 PM   #16
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Cool stuff!
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Old 12-16-2012, 06:27 PM   #17
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which tig welder did you get? I'm looking to upgrade my diversion 180, just need to be able to adjust settings when doing aluminum. the auto set for frequency's is the only down fall. your work looks good, how much time have you spent tig welding?
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Old 01-23-2013, 12:09 PM   #18
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I have a Lincoln SquareWave 175. It doesn't have a TON of features but it seems to be doing just fine for me. Maybe in the next year or two i will upgrade.

Thanks. I really have only started tig welding last June and only use it when im I have that feeling that a have to build something haha.

Here are my other latest items ive build.

-My Gtspec strut bar that I had laying around would always contact my intercooler so I kept the mounting plates from it and fabbed up my own support/tie bar.


-Also here is a camera stabilizer/rig I made for videoing.
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Nice work! I'm getting ready to buy a tig in the next month or so and have been debating on the Lincoln square wave 175 or something with more power like the miller synchrowave 200 which is 600 or so more dollars but i do want to be able to do some thicker aluminum nothing crazy tho
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:51 PM   #20
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Ya it is always nicer to be able to have headroom for welding thicker material, but preheating can help solve that issue. I know preheating has helped me in certain situations.
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Good point, do you have any regrets with your machine?
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Nice work! I'm getting ready to buy a tig in the next month or so and have been debating on the Lincoln square wave 175 or something with more power like the miller synchrowave 200 which is 600 or so more dollars but i do want to be able to do some thicker aluminum nothing crazy tho
I went to Lincoln electric a few years back for a few week course on tig/mig and some basic metallurgy. I was able to use their whole range of machines at the time. Even with that I prefer Miller over them. We have a dynasty 350 at work plus a square wave. The 350 is a beast of a machine.
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No regrets at all. I'm very happy with my machine. With that being said, If I had a ton of money I would have gotten a more capable machine but at that point I'd be spending thousands above my budget.
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No regrets at all. I'm very happy with my machine. With that being said, If I had a ton of money I would have gotten a more capable machine but at that point I'd be spending thousands above my budget.
Ya that's why I'm wondering if its worth it to go up to the next level machine were taking allot more cash $$
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My advise is to take classes whenever you can. Self teaching is a good way to learn bad habits. I give you this advise form personal experience.
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