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Old 04-21-2006, 10:06 AM   #1
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Hey guys -
I've got a fairly substantial project to build some storage into the back section of my car (two platforms that connect to each other, one being a set of removable tables) and am trying to find someone who's got good experience working with aluminum, which I hear is a real bitch to work with. Anyone have a recommendation on someone who could take a skeletal plan and execute it in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area?
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Old 04-21-2006, 10:45 AM   #2
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Chris Schimmel at Competition Cages should be able to do any type of automotive welding/fabrication you need, from what I've heard.
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Old 04-21-2006, 10:51 AM   #3
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Can't seem to track down contact information for Chris, although I see he worked on Anders and Amy's card... any idea how to reach him?
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Old 04-21-2006, 10:52 AM   #4
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Oh duh, just found their website.
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Old 04-21-2006, 03:32 PM   #5
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working with aluminum, which I hear is a real bitch to work with.
It's really not. Aluminum is nice to work with. However:

-the welding tools are much more expensive and therefore rare
-the technique is different and not "steel-like'
-the metal is more persnikety than regular steel (and even more than stainless, which has it's own set of challenges)



As you've already found, competitioncages.com (just adding for future searchers).

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Old 04-21-2006, 03:48 PM   #6
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Yeah, I asked Chris and he said he couldn't do it. But I may have confused him by saying "Aluminum fabrication" when it's really just cutting and welding. I clarified and am still waiting for a response back from him. I checked with some other places in town with no luck. I may have to put this thing together with square stock, L-brackets and screws.
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How many welds/joints are we talking about here?

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Old 04-21-2006, 04:04 PM   #8
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I don't even really know. I don't have a fully-fledged plan drawn out at this point, and even with the plans there's a lot of different ways to go about it, so I would just leave that up to the welder - I'm not sure what's required to make something structurally sound. It's not a small amount of work - probably 75-100 welds, I would guess. I need to get some good plans drawn up before I speak to anyone else I think. The first guys I went to just sorta shook their heads and said I was looking at between $2-3,000 worth of work.
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Old 04-22-2006, 10:53 AM   #9
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There's a place on the other side of Bunn that did aluminum fabrication for me back in 1998 and did a good job. I'll have to find out the name of the place though; it may take me a day or two. If you look around to find it before I can figure out who it was, their address is going to be on HWY 98 and likely with a 252 area code.

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I'm not sure what's required to make something structurally sound. It's not a small amount of work - probably 75-100 welds, I would guess.
Ok, I'm now officially curious.

What does this shelf/table do?
What vehicle is it going in to?

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Old 04-24-2006, 10:35 AM   #11
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It's for my new Yaris. I've gutted the back for optimum storage for our onsite printing rig that we take to events now. Basically you'll have a bottom deck that stores all the cases (about a foot deep) then supports will come up for the second deck, which will consist of three sections - one 50"x24" table, one 40"x18" table, and one section that locks the two tables to the supports. A removable cover/carpet will then cover that so my dogs can hang out. The Yaris is surprisingly spacious on the inside - it's not nearly as small as it looks in photos, it's about the size of a Matrix in reality.


Biggly - That would be awesome if you could track the name of that place down...
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