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  1. Francis, thanks man.  I didn't give up on it and made some progress.  Pics below. 

    Randy D........for those that are not checking out Randy's progress on the Lotus bodywork, well be sure to check out his recent post under "straightliners" etc.............and thanks for continuing to follow my progress Randy.  cheers

    John, thank you as always. I have always admired YOUR builds.  ALL of them!   cheers

    Thanks Chris!

    Mike, I took time to take pics during this next portion, explanations to accompany too.  hope some of it helps.  tim

    Hakan, yeah, I'm an odd one.  I've gotten more patient as I've gotten older.  Progress comes slowly but I'm happy with where the build is going.  Hope you like it and continue to follow along!  cheers, tim

    Sorry it's been a while and even though I've made progress on the new manifold I've still a ways to go. Actually the "trickiest" part to machine is the bottom portion of the manifold.......but that's another day.  Here's a bunch of pics and some comments for others that are machinists or learning as Mike (iBorg) asked for more insights.  Sorry to bore those that aren't interested in those details.  Cheers, tim         first pics of the top portion of the new plenum (parted off, yeah!)  the 2nd pic shows to the top and bottom portions in the tweezers.

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    the bottom portions of the plenum are made from steel as is the rest. I had to start with 3/16" 12L14 steel rod and used a corner rounder to shape each end first. 

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    after making a pair of them I used a ball mill to cut in a trough to secure the "torpedoes" so I could cut em' in half and drill the necessary holes in them.   They're secured in the trough with loctite glue and the brass "ram" I used is to press the piece into the trough so it's completely level after filling the trough with glue.  This is more than sufficient to secure the pieces while milling them down and drilling the holes.   The end mill pic included is a carbide 5 flute for steel & titanium.  the nozzle in the pic next pic is my shop vac to suck up debris and oil as I go.

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    the torpedo milled in half with the drilled holes

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    i took a pic of the small bottle i bought at hobbylobby that I use to apply the necessary oil when machining steel & titanium

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    when done to remove the part I soak the part for a few minutes in acetone.....then I was off the acetone with water and use a small torch to remove it from the base.  

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    this pic shows the lower portion of the plenum held up against the upper part

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    I then took the twin half moon plenums and cut them at 22 degrees by inverting my rotary table to be the angle I sought per the original pics of the manifold I'm sort of replicating. 

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    the .6 s/steel tubing seen in the pics will be used to detail the upper portions of the manifold btw.

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  2. Hi Randy,  this DOES prove that it can be done.  Those curves & bends in our scale must be quite the challenge.  I bought a how-to book on planishing and chasing several years ago and the some of the necessary tools as well.  Never got around to it yet.  This would be something I would like like to try now that I see the superb results you've gotten. They're quite the inspiration.        Beautiful sir!  tim

  3. Rich you lucky devil.  I first visited the Glen in the early 70's for my first Gran Prix race.  Never forget it.  Many years later raced in the Skip Barber series and got the chance to drive the track on several occasions.  My favorite of them all.   Thanks again!  tim

  4. It's been too long since I checked out your thread Chris and I missed A LOT.   All caught up now and I'm amazed at how sweet the paint turned out on the body and that seat color is the best I've ever seen.  Can't wait to it with the wheels on her.  I've said before MFH kits are challenging and you've gotten VERY good at them.   cheers, tim

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  5. Thank you one and all for your continued following and comments.   I had to start the top portion over as when I attempted to cut it off.........well, let's just say it didn't work out too well.  So I decked the piece and started it again.  I have a different plan to seperate the top portion of the plate and I'm hopeful it works this time.   

    Jose, I'm not going to use / copy the clamp thing that they did on the runners. I found a different design  that I want to replicate to join this top portion to the bottom.  Please be patient, I'll have more to post soon!   

    Cheers, tim

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