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Old January 26th, 2012, 07:17 PM   #126
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Well.....

Made it down to the foundry this afternoon. Unfortunately, Fred was unsuccessful at casting the hood ornament from the original pattern I brought him. Lettering was too tight and there was some die-lock in the cog teeth...

The good news is that the second pattern that I brought him today fixed all of those problems. He should have the first cast prototype next week and then we can get down to the economics of making a small production run.

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Old January 26th, 2012, 07:26 PM   #127
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Oooh, a pre-production glitch. I've found that this is an excellent indication of success
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Old January 26th, 2012, 08:17 PM   #128
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Ain't it funny how design flaws never show up in the design stage?
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Old January 27th, 2012, 07:39 AM   #129
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That's why a propotype is usually involved. Plus we get some interesting terms. For example, "Die lock in the cog teeth." That's one you don't hear every day...sounds very Steam Punk actually.
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Old January 31st, 2012, 04:38 AM   #130
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When it comes to manufacturing, and metal is involved, you hear some rely odd terms,
Trust me

I always liked the one "Tap 3/8 - 16 thru from opposite side"
First time I seen that, I wanted to put a left handed thread there, little did they know I didn't make it to print, I tapped it from the wrong side


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Old January 31st, 2012, 05:00 PM   #131
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Metalmaster; I had trouble reading your reply 'cause of interference due to some serious die lock in the cog teeth
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Old January 31st, 2012, 05:39 PM   #132
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Metalmaster; I had trouble reading your reply 'cause of interference due to some serious die lock in the cog teeth
Might want to see a doctor about that!
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Old January 31st, 2012, 11:42 PM   #133
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....."Die lock in the cog teeth" .......


"Torqued my Gland Nut" has always been one of my favorites......... I'd like to use that reason to call work and tell them why I won't be coming in.......

I don't know how I missed this thread but I WANT ONE
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Old February 1st, 2012, 10:38 AM   #134
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Whne you had your Gland Nut Torqued, I hope you had help
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Old February 1st, 2012, 10:20 PM   #135
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Might want to see a doctor about that!
Hell I see my 2 doctors every 3 months, my primary doctor, and my Nefrologist (kidney & hypertension specialist)

Anyhow my primary doctor likes me because I'm an interesting patient, lots of issues to deal with, a perfect patient to learn about kidney failure as well as organ transplantation,
He just took over for my doctor I had for his entire 25 year career as a doctor (he had to retire because of a medical condition in late 2008), and his replacement is a really good doctor, he has a sense of humor, we don't always talk about my health troubles, we tells stories, jokes, or talk about anything
My last visit with him in October he asked me what all I do to keep busy and pass time, so I wrote down the link to my web site, my wife had to see him a month ago and the first thing he said was "How cool the work you do is", and spoke to me for the 1st 5 minutes of my wife's appointment, she wasn't happy about it

I see him again this February the 9th, I'm a hafta tell him I think I have something stuck in my cog tooth, just to see his facial expressionI'm sure he'll either start laughing, or really think somethings wrong.
Then it's open your mouth and say AHHHH and remember that I have no teeth, just dentures that I don't like very well, I only wear my uppers, I hope he doesn't think dentures have some sort of cog tooth that's bothering me

To shed some light on my earlier post about the engineers (not all but some) who have never even used a drill to drill a hole, or never used a finger nail file to get that rough split smoothed out from smashing your finger some how, and couldn't to save his own life, well we would get these prints in for a job, and a certain few (their name was on the bottom of the print so after a few prints from him you had to go over it and find his mistakes), they would have a large weldment (a beam extender can be called a weldment, it's made up of several pieces welded together) most had lots of holes drilled and tapped every where, some of them were in a position that you couldn't even use a hand drill with a right angle fitted on it because there was another bracket, pieces of tubing in the way, but yet the tapped holes needed to be within about 0.005 of an inch to each other, well it's impossible unless you drilled & tapped the holes before it was welded onto the rest of the part, then to drill and tap a 3/8 - 16 TPI (threads per inch) thru a plate that is only 3/8 inch thick, but they wanted you to tear the part down, reset it up to drill a few tapped holes which would have much faster to do in the 1st setup, so we all joked around about shit like that, thinking there is no way in hell I can drill, bore, or just mill a surface to within tolerance of plus or minus 0.005 of an inch
You start thinking "did this guy buy the how to be an engineer for dummies book" and never finished it, then got a degree in manufacturing/engineering, it was always the young guys too, and after consulting with them about making parts he designed that bolted together, but the hole pattern was off by an inch here, half inch there, hell I know most of us schooled the new engineers about what can and can't be done, some did listen and learn, it was the idiots that thought they were much better than a machinist who has no college degree of any kind

That's how we came up with the term H.U.B.S = Head Up the Butt Syndrom, and while I'm talking about H.U.B.S., yes a few days ago I was suffering from a terrible case of the H.U.B.S., but I'm over that as of Monday

Once again I'm sorry about my typativness (since I'm not talking it can't be talkative)

OK back to the original topic, hood ornaments


Thanks for reading, that is if'n ya read it all

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Old February 17th, 2012, 10:11 AM   #136
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With any luck, major update in a few hours....















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Old February 17th, 2012, 11:00 AM   #137
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We've heard that about you. Looking forward to the results!
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Old February 17th, 2012, 07:32 PM   #138
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Old February 17th, 2012, 09:04 PM   #139
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Alright, here's the scoop and a chance for you all to put your money where your mouth is.....

I went down to the foundry this afternoon and picked up the first prototype casting! The parts look great. Fred did a fantastic job. Here are some pictures....

I included the ruler in a couple of these so you can get a feel for the actual size.







Couple of close-ups of the gear teeth and the lettering....







The base is a separate piece to allow you to adjust the mounting angle. Here are a few shots showing different ways to configure the pieces depending on where you mount it.









This first set is actually cast from zinc and weights almost a pound and a half! The production pieces will be aluminum and come in at about 1/2 a pound.

So here is the deal....

I am going to do an initial run of 25 pieces in the next few weeks. If these sell out, I will do an additional run of 25 but that is it. This will be a limited production run of no more than 50 sets.

You will get a set of raw castings. I will clean-up the sprue marks and most of the flashing. I will make sure the pieces mate together properly and I will machine a through-hole in the base casting that can be used to bolt the two pieces together.

That's it. You will be responsible for determining the angle you want to mount it at, drilling and tapping the winged piece for a bolt to assemble them, and drilling and tapping or otherwise figuring out how to mount it to your car. (I will post some instructions on how I would do it for my own car to help guide you) You will be responsible for polishing it, or having plated or however also you want to finish the pieces.

The COST is $85.00 each.

Priority Mail shipping within the continental US included. If you are outside the continental US, please let me know and we will figure out the actual shipping cost and a new total.

It also includes a $20.00 per set donation to Volksrods.com
. If we can manage to sell all 50 sets, that is $1000 to help Steve keep this place going! (and just shut-up Steve and accept this....I am going to send you $20 from each of these, whether you like it or not!)

So for the low,low price of $85 you not only get an ultra exclusive 1 of 50 hood ornament/dash topper/paper weight/whatever,you also get to support this awesome home of ours on the internet!

So you can send me PayPal at jaransont3@comcast.net

or a check or money order to:

22059 Olmstead
Dearborn, MI 48124

If you are snail mailing me a check or money order, please e-mail me at jaransont3@comcast.net and let me know so I can put you down for one.

COME AND GET EM!
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Old February 17th, 2012, 09:16 PM   #140
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John, you are the man!! Pay-Pal sent!
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Old February 17th, 2012, 09:17 PM   #141
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Old February 17th, 2012, 09:48 PM   #142
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It's time to start crunching numbers and moving funds. I'll down for 2 if I can get the funds moved
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Old February 18th, 2012, 05:20 AM   #144
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very nice piece.. ill get payed monday and hopefully be sending money your way
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Old February 18th, 2012, 05:24 AM   #145
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Had a great suggestion andam going to do it. I will hand engrave the production number into the bottom of each piece... 01, 02, etc.

First 7 are already spoken for. Get them while you can.
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Old February 18th, 2012, 05:54 AM   #146
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Pay pal on the way. I want #13
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Old February 18th, 2012, 06:28 AM   #147
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The money is on its way bro!!!
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Old February 18th, 2012, 06:29 AM   #148
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Paypal sent.
Now to figure out how I am gonna finish this gem. Thinking copper plating.
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Old February 18th, 2012, 08:00 AM   #149
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Damn, I decide to go to bed early and sleep in a little and feel like I missed something.

Paypal sent!!


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Old February 18th, 2012, 08:34 AM   #150
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Paypal sent. Very cool Thanks!
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