Ballpark steel costs?

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Re: Ballpark steel costs?

Post by Midlana1 » 09 Aug 2017, 10:35

The Google shows three: Steel Supply Co, Metal Supermarkets Oklahoma, and Albright Steel and Wire. Have you tried them yet?

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Re: Ballpark steel costs?

Post by ShadowCat38 » 14 Aug 2017, 04:16

Yes, and all of them seem offended at the thought of doing business with anyone at the hobbyist level. Metal Supermarkets surprised me by that, because I thought that was their business model. Maybe I just caught someone there on a bad day.

Anyway, I have been asking around with other local car builders, especially dirt track racers, and I've found a new source that Google doesn't seem to acknowledge as a metal retailer. I've been told that their prices are better than competitive, so I might be back in business soon.

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Re: Ballpark steel costs?

Post by JeffD » 02 Sep 2019, 22:19

On this topic - Maybe I need to look harder, and I'm aware there's a lot of "Cut to fit" and customisation involved in the whole process, but I've not seen in the book, or on the forums, a steel list as such. I wasn't really expecting a cut list, but a "buy this much of what different materials" for a "Book Chassis" would really be helpful - especially for those of us who have to convert to Metric as well. Has anyone who has started (or completed) their chassis worked this out?

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Re: Ballpark steel costs?

Post by freakynami » 03 Sep 2019, 01:17

I pretty much followed the list on P355. With adjustments for the changes I knew I was making...

For all of the round, I used imperial sizes, and sourced my round tube from Airport Metals.
For the square, I changed to 40x40, 25x25 etc. and went with Orrcon.

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Re: Ballpark steel costs?

Post by JeffD » 03 Sep 2019, 14:49

Obviously I had a boy look... Should have had my missus look for me. :P

Thanks Freakynami. - I was worried for a moment, but it's actually P357 in my book for some reason.

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Re: Ballpark steel costs?

Post by freakynami » 04 Sep 2019, 02:31

No problem! Ah, maybe you've got the spiral bound version? or maybe Kurt uploaded a revised version with some small errata corrections? Doesn't matter, found it in the end :)

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Re: Ballpark steel costs?

Post by JeffD » 04 Sep 2019, 20:38

Nah, I didn't have the option of spiral bound when I ordered mine, but I do have the Second edition.

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Re: Ballpark steel costs?

Post by bgkast » 08 Dec 2019, 19:07

I spent just under $600 on all the steel for the car...2014 prices. :?

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Re: Ballpark steel costs?

Post by aces » 16 Dec 2019, 02:15

The Swedish standard differs from the American standard.
So that's where it gets a little thicker goods.
And steel lengths are usually 6m.

2 st 25 * 25 * 2mm 12m EN10305-5.
3 st 40 * 40 * 3mm 18m S355J2H.
1 st 50 * 50 * 3mm 6m S355J2H.
1 st 25 * 3mm ST37,3 6m.
1 st 30 * 3mm ST37,3 6m.
1 st 20 * 2mm ST37,3 6m.
2 st 25 * 2mm ST37,3 12m.
5 st 38 * 2,5mm ST37,3 30m.


The cost of all steel is translated to USD 1078.
So now we have all the steel we need to start building.
The chassis will be a little heavier than it was intended, but it also allows me to have a little more hp, so you lose a little and win a little.

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Re: Ballpark steel costs?

Post by ChrisS » 17 Dec 2019, 12:41

I’ve finally got the definitive answer to this question.

Irrelevant!

Well, mostly anyway. Everything else needed to finish the car is going to add up to far more.

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