Alfa powered build.

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Re: Alfa powered build.

Post by ChrisS » 20 Mar 2019, 04:21

I’ve seen some of the parts you’ve cast yourself. Impressive commitment to the DIY ethos!

Thanks for the offer, I’ll put your name in the “useful person” list :D

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Re: Alfa powered build.

Post by ChrisS » 10 Apr 2019, 07:46

Nothing worthy of pictures, but I have been doing a bit on the car here and there. Mostly been finishing up the wiring at the front of the car so it’s all properly tied down.

I tried to make a start on the cowl(scuttle/dash top) panel yesterday but am struggling with the profile needed to work round the A pillar as it intersects the curved panel. Only managed to produce lots of scraps of card so far :(

I also spent a bit of time pondering what to do for the ‘gills’.

Met result for the day was pretty much zero, other than testing of the wiring I’d previously completed. Only fault was the front indicators being reversed but that was a simple fault quickly found and corrected. Mixed up a blue wire with a blue/black wire when condensing 3 connectors down to 1 about 6 months back :)

I’ve also been printing a few odd bits for the car and been pretty happy with the results so far. A clip on cover for a battery junction box, the covers for the front suspension brackets to satisfy the inspection we have here and a small adapter ring to improve the fit of the side mirrors into the tube I welded onto the A pillars.

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Re: Alfa powered build.

Post by Midlana1 » 10 Apr 2019, 10:38

Even decisions that don't immediately result in parts being installed still count as progress.

Much of building a car is spent standing in the garage, staring at the project, and thinking about how to do something. That counts as build time.

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Re: Alfa powered build.

Post by ChrisS » 15 Apr 2019, 15:42

Thanks for the assist Andre!
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Re: Alfa powered build.

Post by ShadowCat38 » 15 Apr 2019, 17:04

Midlana1 wrote:Even decisions that don't immediately result in parts being installed still count as progress.

Much of building a car is spent standing in the garage, staring at the project, and thinking about how to do something. That counts as build time.
It may count, but it still feels frustratingly unproductive.

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Re: Alfa powered build.

Post by Midlana1 » 15 Apr 2019, 18:40

Think of it as virtual testing of alternatives, ruling out all but the best solution.

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Re: Alfa powered build.

Post by freakynami » 19 Apr 2019, 03:37

Glad to help! That fit does look good, happy days :)

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Re: Alfa powered build.

Post by ChrisS » 25 May 2019, 02:13

Had a bit of a break from the car. Went on a field trip to study some metal forming examples.......some lovely compound curves on this cowling.
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.....well, a holiday in the sun anyway :)

Back to it now. Next hurdle was how to form a joggle on the front edge of the scuttle top. I thought of various bad ideas, including welding a piece of L section to the front edge then concluded the only sensible option was to acquire a bead roller and roll one on.

SO, nasty chinesium device purchase and yesterday I set about applying the usual improvements to it (grease points for the bearings, stiffening welded to the back face, knock the sharp edges of the dies) and did some tests. Overall, pretty happy I'll be able to form a decent joggle on the front lip, but the rear one is still going to have to be a welded on piece of 6mm aluminium rod to give it a suitably rounded edge. Can't see me being able to form a wired edge round a curve using what tools (and what passes for skills) I have to hand.

Hope to have a picture of the scuttle top in place soon.....
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Re: Alfa powered build.

Post by John Hancock » 25 May 2019, 15:31

For the wire edge start with a 90 degree and hammer the edge over.

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Re: Alfa powered build.

Post by ChrisS » 26 May 2019, 00:47

It’s the lack of skill that’s the real problem :( Welding some round bar on and tidying up after I can do. Forming a nice even wire edge along the top and round the curves at the sides.....not a chance! It’d take me weeks or months of practice to get good enough I suspect, so I’ll go with what I know. End result should be similar to a well formed wire edge.

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