I did metal & paint in a Ferrari dealership back in the early 90's. We had a new F-40 come in...one very serious automobile & beautifully built!! Boss threw a sunday champaign breakfast & private showing for all the employees. Did a startup on the engine...the gearhead in me just about fainted with delight!! He had it sold for about 80% profit before it was even delivered.
It kinda has the right color for shots. Cutting oil is working well. Enjoying the process of doing. Working on tightening up the concentricity of the piece. Numbers for each of the jaws are stamped into the table. I'm reading the thickness of each of the 4 points & practicing at shifting the position of the piece on the table. I would like to see the tolerance at a couple of thousands max. That's the excitement in all this...learning how to read & manipulate the machine so that it gives me what I want, when I spin tie knobs.
The current blade is a 14 tpi raker blade, rated for wood & soft non ferrous metals. It works great for the hardwoods in my guitar builds & has been good for the smaller pieces of aluminum I've cut to this point. For cutting this big piece down, I'd like to move a little faster...thus the addition of a thicker blade with a more aggressive cut.
ya, can't beat the price. When I factor in the time taken to trim it down into workable blanks, I think I'm still beating the retail cost. I am going to step out this morning & get a coarser, heavier blade to work it with. It's an on-going education. Hap sat!
Got the back tires today. Went to the salvage this am & made out like a bandito!!
They didn't have any bar stock that was close in size for the wheels, but I scored this nice piece of 7" round. It's 3 1/2" tall. Enough for the big back wheels plus extra for in the table & a bit of space. Drew some rounds with the bottom of a rattle can...a bit big, but gives me room to tighten up my setup as I turn it down to specs.
I could have gone somewhere else & paid retail for some material...at $1.00 lb for salvage, I've got more time than money.
Hi Dave, Ya, that's something I'd like to do. My biggest google search recently has been on the subject of machining neoprene rubber. There is an interesting thread on "practical machinist forum" on the subject... http://www.practicalmachinist.com/vb/cnc-machining/questions-about-machining-neoprene-rubber-211532/ I'm still new to the machine shop side of things & my learning curve is kinda slow at times. Want to keep making progress on the model so I'll put the best rubber I can find on it until I can provide something better to use.
I like the look of the raw machine work in the metal. To my eye it has greater visual impact due to the varying textures & contrasts & reflections as the piece changes angles & shapes...where very bright, highly polished work tends to get lost in itself, if you will. I bet you have been buying some lumber recently, Scott. How's that going? Down side to digging at the salvage place is you never know what they're going to have...it's random. Last time there I scored some beautiful 1/4" plate & some 1/8" plate in 12 X 18 dimensions...enough for years supply for under $20.00. Time before that, mostly what they had was pipe & small round stock. Of course they've always got beer/soda cans by the hundred thousands & plain old metal junk.
Got 2 sets of front tires today to choose from. These are real tires, for RC cars...meant to be drifted, accelerated hard, etc...They look & feel fantastic up close & the quality is outstanding!
The first is called the vintage racing tire & is slightly the wider of the two.
This one is about 1/16" taller & has a V groove tread pattern that is similar to the back tires, which are still in transit. This is the tire I'm going to use...unless something else comes along that I like better, of course...had to see both of them in person to know for sure.