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  • Forced_Firebird
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    Got an Everlast plasma cutter a few years ago, last about half that, otherwise this job could have gone a lot faster. Had to cut 1/8" and 3/16 1018 with these countours on a 4" hand angle grinder....need to finish restoring the Kitamura, then it would be real CAD/CAM

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  • Noel
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    If I showed you guys the stack of templates I'm hanging on to you'd think I invented the idea, had ideas to do it again, or was just plain hoarding paper. Just curious, what's it for or hiding? Extra points for the painting by the way.

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  • Forced_Firebird
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    Thanks Ryan!

    Roll cages? I love building them, but the competition this close to Miami is difficult - everyone's answer to my prices is "I can have it done in Hialeah for $400". So, I just get word of mouth jobs from people who have seen the work my shop produces. It's just me and 2 very part time guys in a 2500sf shop - rent down here has finally hit $14/sf/yr - only saving grace is I have been here for 9yr, so I have a little break. They look at me funny when I tell them it's $40k/yr to keep my doors open, and I don't get a dime until the shop bills are paid.

    This is a 370z, so the space and angle behind the seats won't allow a 1.75" bar to hit the floor without an additional bends to keep the main hoop at the B-pillar angle. We are only allowed 4 bends equaling 180° +/- 10°, and these coupes need to have another bend, or the hoop will hit the floor 8" into the door opening and foul the seat. I have another going to come in for a fix, the other local builder doesn't follow the rule book and it's illegal. They added another bend at the bottom where I just put a plinth block (which is legal). My plan for that car is just to encase the hoop from the 4th/5th bends to the floor and mimic this job.

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  • Franz©
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    Been using that system on the JenAir burning/grinding table. Cat Assisted Design worked well for 20 years, but Gremlin wet to the Bridge and my workload increased.

    I also like PAD but they get real nasty about pulling them nice politician campaign signs up for the cardboard & wire. Some kind of Law about it as a matter of fact.

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  • ryanjones2150
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    That’s my game too. Good show, sir.

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    How to: CAD without a computer

    CAD = Cardboard Aided Design hehe

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