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Where can I get some engine turned sheet metal or aluminum?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Levis Classic, Feb 9, 2006.

  1. Levis Classic
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    Anyone have a source for sheet metal or aluminum sheet with the engine turning effect already done on it?

    Thanks for your help
  2. porknbeaner
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    How much do you want and how big do you want the turns? I could use a buck or two.:D
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    I don't know of any but I've done some of it. Pretty easy really just takes a drill press and a wooden dowel the size you want the circles to be. Combine with lapping compound on the end of the dowel. Place a stop on your drill press table and make the first one. Move 1/2 hole sidewise and continue until that horizontal row is finished. Move your stop 1/2 hole and repeat.

    If you're doing a firewall you might want to use a large diameter dowell and bring your lunch cause it may take a while.
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    Speedway motors sells panels 12" wide up to 48" long.
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    Yeah and they're made by 12 year old Chinese virgins.....
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    Try here:

    http://www.fpmmetals.com/automotive.php
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    If it has to be metal then my suggestion won't be of any value. The cabinet industry has had a formica out for a while that looks identical. Formica is a trade name, as well as a manufacturer, but any supplier of plastic laminate should have a version of what looks to be engine turned metal. It works exceptionally well for flat dashes, will flex somewhat, and is quite durable.
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    ......fpmmetals.com.....good luck!
  9. Slag Kustom
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    there is also decals that look really good that can be used of curved shapes and is much cheaper.
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    Now that was funny
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    sir: Izzat a good "Good Luck" or a warning "Good Luck" ? Cause I kinda like one of the dash plates...just wanted a heads-up before ordering.....Stan
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    Same question as Turbo26T. I know everyone I can think of gets theirs from them. Speedway, and Eastwood. Do they suck selling to the public?
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    An old hot rodder told me about the wooden dowel method only he used toothpaste for a compound. Cheaper and readily available.
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    Try Haneline.... http://www.haneline.com/


    Brucie
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    I have a "hanline" dash in my "66" very happy with the looks and the gauges....as far as "fp-metals is concerned I have never delt with them personaly....
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    .better pic ...sorry for the size..
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    Got some from haneline, big $ but nice.

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