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Old April 13th, 2012, 09:28   #16
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Wingnut has indeed just made the first donation, and it is bountiful. A bunch of busted motor mounts, a broken AC compressor, and a broken alternator!

Was good meeting you Wingnut, after reading so many of your threads. Thanks!
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Old April 13th, 2012, 10:30   #17
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Why would you post that thread? I haven't been able to stop reading for over an hour now. I'm never going to get any work done today .
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Thanks to your link, I just lost an hour.
Happy (productive day at work) Friday!

I don't have any metal to donate but I'll keep it in mind.
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Old April 13th, 2012, 18:17   #18
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Yeessss, here, in all its greasy glory - Wingnut's donation:



An excellent start!
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Old April 14th, 2012, 11:37   #19
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A Knob Hill Farm basket?!?!.....haven't seen one of those in years.
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Old April 14th, 2012, 12:13   #20
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It was buried in my parents' garage attic and subsequently liberated from the garbage pile years later.

If I hadn't left 150lbs of electrical wiring heaped on it over the winter, it would still be in perfect condition!

Anyways, makes a great scrap bin now!
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Old April 16th, 2012, 04:08   #21
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Wow, read that casting thread over the course of the weekend - how you guys did it in an hour is beyond me!! Pretty epic...I do believe I'll be printing that to PDF to re-read on the train.

Anyone interested in casting read that! You'll learn way more from there than any other source I've seen so far (except perhaps the Hobbyist's Guide to Casting at alloyavenue.com).
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Old April 16th, 2012, 07:17   #22
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I haven't read it all, I just looked at the pretty pictures and read some highlights. It's amazing the time he spent to document it all, not to mention all of his skills.
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Old April 16th, 2012, 07:22   #23
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Yeah, I would heartily recommend reading through all his posts. The progression from design to casting to milling to fitment really brings home that doing this kind of thing is not super-human (although he clearly is gifted in many areas), but can be done with proper planning and care.
He even goes so far as to fabricate a method for 'spin casting' parts (gives better density). So cool.
I really enjoyed how he tried to demonstrate how much of what he did was possible using common tools. For example, he milled some of the material using a mill bit in a router!!

Edit: Whoa, forgot the coolest part - he went to the Pagani factory, met with Horatio Pagani himself, got a tour with Horatio, and a signed design sketch! Having seen a few interviews where Horatio is explaining stuff about the car, I have no doubt this would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience - the man is truly passionate about making the perfect car.

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Old April 16th, 2012, 07:36   #24
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When there was a new process, I read what he was doing.

Did you catch his vacuum pump for the carbon fibre? And all of his measuring was done with a vernier caliper. Not digital or a dial, but one where you have to think.
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Old April 16th, 2012, 07:41   #25
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Haha, yeah, that was hilarious! I wonder where he got that wood screw....it was like 12" long...using the old silicone caulk tube was inspired.

Yeah, I'm not super-familiar with metal-shop stuff, but a few people in the thread commented on his use of Vernier calipers as well. I was going to look up why that was significant, but haven't gotten around to it yet.
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Old April 16th, 2012, 07:44   #26
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On the calipers, most people have gone to digital readouts which is convenient when you need to switch between Metric and Imperial, but like most things electronic, it takes out the need to think.
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Old April 16th, 2012, 07:47   #27
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Ah, okay. Yeah, I recall using Vernier calipers in metal shop class way back in the day. I should probably pick a set up - I have a cheapie digital set already.
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Old May 18th, 2012, 06:02   #28
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Bump... Crucible arrived the other day, getting closer to the first melt...

Any donations appreciated!
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Old May 18th, 2012, 13:38   #29
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Iomonkey, I'm prepared to donate, not material, but services. I keep a fully functionaly Blacksmith shop in the GTA (I was the blacksmith at Blackcreek Pioneer village many moons ago). So if you need coal fired forge to heat the crucible come on over, likewise if you want to heat and bend something after you made it, also come over.
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Old May 19th, 2012, 10:49   #30
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Wow, that's awesome! I just might take you up on that...I need to make some crucible lifting/pouring tongs. Will PM you when I'm ready to move on that. Thanks!!

If nothing else I might take a little time off work and come see your setup - before I was looking into casting I had looked at getting into hobby blacksmith work. After a lot of research and Youtube videos, I decided my neighbours would hate me for it, so had to put it off. One day...
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