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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
    Joined: Oct 7, 2003
    Posts: 4,066

    Levis Classic

    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
    Joined: Sep 12, 2003
    Posts: 38,922


    How much do you want and how big do you want the turns? I could use a buck or two.:D
  3. blown49
    Joined: Jul 25, 2004
    Posts: 2,213

    Member Emeritus

    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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  4. Rick-L
    Joined: Dec 14, 2005
    Posts: 43

    from san diego

    Speedway motors sells panels 12" wide up to 48" long.
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  5. zman
    Joined: Apr 2, 2001
    Posts: 16,510

    from Garner, NC

    Yeah and they're made by 12 year old Chinese virgins.....
  6. Try here:
  7. John Copeland
    Joined: Mar 11, 2002
    Posts: 350

    John Copeland
    Member Emeritus

    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.
  8. sir
    Joined: Oct 8, 2005
    Posts: 467

    Member luck!
  9. Slag Kustom
    Joined: May 10, 2004
    Posts: 4,315

    Slag Kustom

    there is also decals that look really good that can be used of curved shapes and is much cheaper.
  10. Rusty
    Joined: Mar 4, 2004
    Posts: 9,421


    Now that was funny

  11. 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
  12. InDaShop
    Joined: Aug 15, 2004
    Posts: 2,782

    from Houston

    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?
  13. The Caretaker
    Joined: Dec 6, 2005
    Posts: 63

    The Caretaker

    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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  14. cuznbrucie
    Joined: May 1, 2005
    Posts: 2,570


    Try Haneline....

  15. rocknrods
    Joined: Feb 1, 2006
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  16. sir
    Joined: Oct 8, 2005
    Posts: 467


    I have a "hanline" dash in my "66" very happy with the looks and the far as "fp-metals is concerned I have never delt with them personaly....
  17. sir
    Joined: Oct 8, 2005
    Posts: 467


    .better pic ...sorry for the size..
  18. 296 V8
    Joined: Sep 17, 2003
    Posts: 4,676

    296 V8
    from Nor~Cal

    Got some from haneline, big $ but nice.

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