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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Pewter Chroming
« Last Post by Big Al on March 01, 2015, 09:24:52 PM »
That takes me back. I used to work, indeed first job, in a chemist suppliers. They held a patent on making pumice stone..... Anyway another thing they did was small mouldings. So once I had cracked my initial task as packer and mail out bod I began to run these automatic machines. I ended up running two injection moulders and one dipper, all automatic. So I would sorts a few parcels, run to the moulding room, check the machines and sort, run back and so on, all day. I bet the dip moulding is much the same process I was in charge of, though not quite as complex as that shown. The problem was that the material had to cure for some weeks before it was fully flexible. To early and fresh, it would shear across the stress points. Now that might be a materials issue. In Chemist products many things have a short life expectancy, as they are more expensive to clean, than replace with another sterile packed new one. So cost was important. Apparently it is the latex, or flexible element of these moulding rubbers, that is significantly more expensive than the bulk of the material. So there is an endless attempt to reduce the latex element to keep the cost down. Not alot of people know dat. 
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: the bigger picture
« Last Post by Barry on March 01, 2015, 08:58:41 PM »
Indeed so.

And yes, it was never easier to look for information. But I notice that many sites have removed data from free access, as it was being abused, A series tuning info for instance, and the fact it was available meant that the struggle to gain the data was minimal, and thus it was not appreciated for the investment in knowledge, and club, put in. Better to make people pay their dues to respect the access to information. It sorts out those who are serious and will actually converse with the source, ask the right questions and are clearly 'the right stuff'.
The alternative is to use the Wikifacts, which is a ill defined research posted, and often contains incorrect information. If you do not bother to cross reference, your derailed. So the internet is a good starting place, but I find it is normal procedure to then follow that with personal contact, visits or attending a suitable meeting.

Case in point. I am forever being asked to lone special tools or fix cars. Depending on case, I offer the option of coming here to get things done or not. Hardly anyone follows that up as it inconveniences them. Well there is a surprise. To all those who still have my tools from way back, in some cases, it would be nice to have them back!

And perhaps an 'unlike' button :)
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: the bigger picture
« Last Post by Barry on March 01, 2015, 08:57:26 PM »
I'm afraid we'll have to agree to differ on that one.

Clubs were formed to pool knowledge and funds to get spares reproduced.  The internet is changing much of that, as spares can be sourced all over the world and knowledge can be shared online easily and much better than via more traditional means e.g. magazines.

Shame there is not a 'Like' button on here, as on Facebook :)
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Pewter Chroming
« Last Post by Mark Green on March 01, 2015, 08:38:17 PM »
So correct Big Al, I am on the 4th mould for the chain case gaiter. I was lucky enough to find a company that the owner took time to help me design the last mould for the dipping process. Like I said before the Frisky owners understand the time it takes to make these parts.
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Pewter Chroming
« Last Post by AndyL on March 01, 2015, 07:32:29 PM »
Where is the criticism, or did I miss that?
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Pewter Chroming
« Last Post by Big Al on March 01, 2015, 07:05:03 PM »
Your not wrong about time taken making stuff. I have to laugh when you hear 'that will be easy to make. It very rarely is. Of course there is a big difference between low volume enthusiast made answers to parts and productionised answers to parts. This has to be recognised. 
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: the bigger picture
« Last Post by Big Al on March 01, 2015, 07:00:44 PM »
Indeed so.

And yes, it was never easier to look for information. But I notice that many sites have removed data from free access, as it was being abused, A series tuning info for instance, and the fact it was available meant that the struggle to gain the data was minimal, and thus it was not appreciated for the investment in knowledge, and club, put in. Better to make people pay their dues to respect the access to information. It sorts out those who are serious and will actually converse with the source, ask the right questions and are clearly 'the right stuff'.
The alternative is to use the Wikifacts, which is a ill defined research posted, and often contains incorrect information. If you do not bother to cross reference, your derailed. So the internet is a good starting place, but I find it is normal procedure to then follow that with personal contact, visits or attending a suitable meeting.

Case in point. I am forever being asked to lone special tools or fix cars. Depending on case, I offer the option of coming here to get things done or not. Hardly anyone follows that up as it inconveniences them. Well there is a surprise. To all those who still have my tools from way back, in some cases, it would be nice to have them back!
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Pewter Chroming
« Last Post by richard on March 01, 2015, 06:57:07 PM »
great stuff !! why on earth anyone feels like criticising is quite beyond me
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Pewter Chroming
« Last Post by Mark Green on March 01, 2015, 06:53:45 PM »
Last winter I tried a lost wax casting company to only have my original badge vacation in California for a couple of months. They where never able to get it made correct at a hefty price and I was lucky to get it back as that company was destroyed by fire. The winter before I sent to a foundry to try sand casting and they where very ugly. This year I decided to try pewter on my own. It as been a challenge but I am learning from my mistakes.When I start a project I try not to give up. I have been working on get a rubber gaiter made for the Friskysport also and finally have succeeded. This project has been going on for 2 1/2 years. I am lucky to have Frisky owners that understand that it takes time to make some of these replacement parts.

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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Pewter Chroming
« Last Post by Big Al on March 01, 2015, 06:41:49 PM »
Think I will agree to differ on that one. I never see the point in going to a lot of trouble to do something incorrectly. I spent a lifetime slinging wrong bits 'that fit' from my good cars. Ultimately a built that fires still kills you.
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