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Old 09-05-2012, 01:00 AM   #1
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Okay Im sorry if that title is misleading, and I'm sorry if this post is in the wrong area (not sure where it should go)..but hear me out:

I will machine your part on a 3-axis CNC mill for FREE. Whats the catch?

The catch (es):

-I have to like it enough to want one for myself. I.e. I dont want to make just one of something and never see it again. It needs to be something I end up wanting one of too.

-if it needs ALOT of material, youll have to chip in for that.

-it must be turbo dodge, or at least modified turbo car related. i.e. no keyring size replicas of your great grandpas wood leg

-no cosmetic stuff (logos, text, etc..) BORING..at least for now.

-my mill is small, its a sherline cnc. so i cant port heads. but with some creativity, i could probably make an intake manifold flange or similar.


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-I have software that can create toolpaths for extremely complicated 3d profiles very easily. See pics.

-Complicated setups are okay with me, this is for practice and to improve my skills making something worthwhile. I.e., I also have a tig welder, plasma cutter, bandsaw, hole saws, drill press, etc...if it needs multiple operations and jigs thats fine, within reason. In fact, my mill head can be rotated in several directions, even horizontal, and I can do CNC lathe operations on it too.

This is also a good opportunity for the turbo dodge world to get some unusual parts that a real vendor might not want to spend time on...I'm just drawing a blank and cant think of any..there must be something right?

The material can be plastic or metal, and can be steel, aluminum, whatever...just like a full size mill.

I will make all the actual cad drawings in solidworks and the toolpaths in cam software, make all the jigs, figure out the setup, make test runs, etc....I'll do ALL the work...I just need ideas...I want a fun project, and you get a free part.

If its something you are worried about me taking and selling, you probably shouldn't tell me about it, because I probably WILL do that if its got potential. If its something you just want one of and dont care what I do with the design, then thats probably more appropriate. In other words, if this is some great commercial idea, you should probably spend the cash and have a machine shop make you a prototype with a signed NDA. Dont tell me about in that case. :)

The pics are of the mill, a half-egg shape I made in aluminum with only about 5 minutes of work in solidworks and meshcam, and the meshcam toolpath that made it.





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been looking into a upper 2 piece flange for a custom upper plenum for a 2 piece intake
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been looking into a upper 2 piece flange for a custom upper plenum for a 2 piece intake
I think this person makes very good ones, is this what you are talking about?

http://www.turbododge.com/forums/f7/...um-flange.html
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a metal clutch pedal positioner and adjuster...please! my current pressure plate is toheavy and keeps stripping the teeth on mine
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you said you were out of them
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a metal clutch pedal positioner and adjuster...please! my current pressure plate is toheavy and keeps stripping the teeth on mine
hmmmm...

out of curiousity, what pressure plate do you have? i have a 90 daytona with a yellow turbos unleashed pressure plate with about 22000 miles on it and the adjuster still seems to be okay..are you sure thats whats stripping it?
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How about some simple items that people may want out of aluminum? Ie battery hold down piece or distributor hold down piece or oil pump block off plate (pre common block engines) upper rad bolt mounting brackets, Clutch cable support bracket?

Perhaps a power steering bracket that allows more room for custom exhaust downpipes (which can contend with the factory power steering bracket)? Perhaps CNC program to cut a factory AC alternator bracket and make it a custom non/ac bracket for the alternator?

Custom intake manifold (everyone one wants one of those for cheap) :-)

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How about some simple items that people may want out of aluminum? Ie battery hold down piece or distributor hold down piece or oil pump block off plate (pre common block engines)?

Perhaps a power steering bracket that allows more room for custom exhaust downpipes (which can contend with the factory power steering bracket)? Perhaps CNC program to cut a factory AC alternator bracket and make it a custom non/ac bracket for the alternator?

Custom intake manifold (everyone one wants one of those for cheap) :-)

Just tossing out some ideas.

Yes thank you! Please keep throwing ideas out, we'll find one that sticks and it will be a very good thing I think.

For the battery hold down, distrib hold down, and block off plate: Would these items improve on the original somehow or be more bling purposed? They are realistically in the capabilities of the mill.

Believe me, I totally get the power steering bracket need. My header had to do crazy things to get out of the way of that bracket and I still ended up trimming the bracket to get a little more room, and its still really tight and could use some more breathing room right next to that exhaust primary. But If I were going to make a new bracket from scratch, I'd make it out of round bar welded together for airflow and simplicity, and it would be invincible. A CNC version would probably not be justified or provide any benefit, I think?
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oh and the ac bracket is too big for the dinky mill
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sorry also missed the clutch and rad support brackets..are those improvements or bling based? id really like to make something thats an improvement.
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... oil pump block off plate (pre common block engines)...
Just tossing out some ideas.

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hmmmm...

out of curiousity, what pressure plate do you have? i have a 90 daytona with a yellow turbos unleashed pressure plate with about 22000 miles on it and the adjuster still seems to be okay..are you sure thats whats stripping it?
and old TU red plate.its heavy as heck! very heavy pedal
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radio delete plates for use with 2 1/16" gauges for the racers out there if thats not to big
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I know this is more cosmetic, but I will throw it out there. The interior door handle trim for 84-89 Daytona. These constantly have broken tabs and there are not many replacements. Aluminum version would solve the problem ... mostly.
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