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"If you buy a 4x8 sheet, you will get a quick response and a good price from these guys." Craig Bramscher
"You can also get smaller pieces from them." Marty Nygard
"For axles and hub carrier castings (former TDC parts) used on A-Mac, Cheetah, etc." Bill Lomenick
"I had them make a set of shortened axles for me." Ken Kaplowitz
"You can get axles from Craig Taylor in a variety of lengths. I believe they are $175 each." Dennis Palatov
....Essex Parts (AP Racing US distributor)
2407 S. Post Road
Shelby, NC 28150
"This material works better than the green flower foam in my experience, as it is a much harder material. Keep in mind that you cannot hotwire urethane foam, if that is a concern.
The two-part expanding foams such as this would typically be poured into a hollow former immediately after mixing - you let it expand into the volume and let harden, then shape it later with shurfoam files or hacksaw blades and rough sandpaper. This foam needs to be contained while it is expanding, otherwise it runs all over the place and sticks and bonds to everything, including your clothes." Rennie Clayton
"You need urethane foam, you can bondo it, prime, paint, glass over it any thing. if your parts are small, you can buy small packs of usable green foam from florists or flower and garden shops [the kind they stick the flowers into for arrangements]. If you need larger (2'x8'x2-4-6") try the link [above]. They also have tooling board which is very dense, and more expensive, but works like soft wood. Glue it together with bondo. I usually thin it down with poly resin to make the joints thin, makes it easier to sand. The florist foam is not real dense (i.e. largeporosity), but you're coating and finishing the surface any way. Largely it's cheap and works! Good luck." Dave Craddock
"If you are wanting to make molds of square things like boxes and what-not, that don't involve compound curves or fillets, then you're almost better off using melamine board screwed together to construct the mold. That, and glass work out pretty well for flat surfaces." Rennie Clayton
"I have used Styrofoam covered with dry wall compound on an air box and a body. The advantages are that it is cheap and easy to sand (you can use a damp sponge for faring). The disadvantages are it is very soft (you can dent it leaning on it while sanding), the dry wall compound must be applied in fairly thin layers, and ALL the foam must be completely covered before painting or glassing (see the nice holes solvents can make). This is not a recommendation, just another alternative." Chuck Smith
"They sell and can explain the VW CV's." Lee Stohr
Taylor Race Engineering
"Both sell chain drive Quaife ATB differentials." Ken Taggart
"a great web site with drawings for most fasteners."
contact Pat Prince
"He has a jig for making R1 exhaust systems (Graves Motorsports specs), including the side exhaust system for the Van Diemen DSR. He has also made them for Radical, Cheetah, A-Mac etc. They are very high quality in mild steel or stainless." Tom Robertson
"Mark built all the early model (side exhaust) systems for Stohr. He builds that system in either mild steel and stainless. Lee, is currently using a slightly different design (it exhausts upwards) but I think that the exhaust system is still being built by the same outfit." Hasty Horn
"I haven't used these guys but they have a good selection of cores to build" pstockley
"I've had good luck with their racing radiators. They will be happy to calculate the size needed. For our uses many people have used the VW radiator, I had severe overheating with a stock unit. As soon as I changed to the Ron Davis unit the problem was solved. They make a direct replacement for the VW unit. They call it a Scirocco radiator that is used primarily in drag cars." Dave (fastercar)
- aerodynamic analysis
- chassis design
- suspension design / analysis
"Awesome catalog with many variations as well as quality product." Jim
"TDC uprights are used on A-Mac, Cheetahs and many homebuilts." Scott Chesser
Britwest in Canada "has a 'one-size-fits-all-corners' upright that is reasonably priced. They provide great service, too." Mike
John Hancock, 512-243-0642
"He has dealt in Van Diemans for a long time, and may have some spare parts he would part with. I think you can still reach him at this number." Michael Alexander
"Re:Pennon. I requested them to make carbon wings from some x&y coordinates I have for airfoils. There were three unique foils of 18" 14" and 7" chord lengths. The overall quote for CNC moulds and 5 foils made that would not have shiny carbon surfaces, but rather rough painable surfaces was $10,500." Oppenheimer
"I just received a wing from Pat Prince for my Van Diemen conversion. It is an aluminum construction and is 65" wide. Turn around was good and the quality looks great." Mike Devins
"Bruce has sold the Cheetah wing to individuals wanting one for their non-Cheetah car. ~64" wide. All aluminum construction. Center mount via two brackets." Tom Clayton
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