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 Post subject: Re: The 55: Re-Invented
PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 6:24 pm 
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This winter when I was off work I finally installed my custom RLR roll bar. Needless to say, it was a huge PITA. One reason was that I have my oil cooler mounted under the rear of the body right where one of the rear bars is suppeosed to mount. I ended up drilling a hole through the mounting plate of the bar and running the mounting stud for the cooler through the floor and then through the mounting plate. Sounds easier than it was to get everything lined up. The other major PITA was that one of the reinforcement plates that go under the pan interfered with the step in the pan. I had to "stretch" 3 of the holes in that plate to get everything to clear and mount up. The other 5 plates fit perfectly.

Hole stretching on my mill.
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Rear bar with oil cooler mount stud going through it.
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Since I mounted the bar under the carpet, I was left with ugly trimmed carpet where the bars went through it.
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3D printing to the rescue! I designed these trim pieces for the 6 locations the bar goes through the carpet. They interlock on one side and use a small screw on the other.
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After designing, printing, and test fitting all 6, I painted them ivory to match the knobs and other trim pieces in the car
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And finally, all mounted. Looks much better than ratty carpet edges i think.
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Another small project that i just did today was to design and print a horn button. I used the dual extruder capabilities of my printer to print it in one piece with two colors. A little sanding and plastic polish and it looks pretty decent. I'm happy with it at least.
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 Post subject: Re: The 55: Re-Invented
PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:31 am 
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Man that looks great! Love the horn button.

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Great job, Brian!! That turned out really well!! The 3d printing pieces turned out amazing!! :wow: :beer:

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Nice! :thumbs:

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 Post subject: Re: The 55: Re-Invented
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Nice work. What do those printers cost these days?

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 Post subject: Re: The 55: Re-Invented
PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:15 pm 
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Thanks guys!
The printer i have was about $1350 when i bought it about 4 years ago, i think its less than a thousand now. You can get a basic printer for only a few hundred though. And from there the sky's the limit pricewise.

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Yes those finish pieces look great. Nice job.

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I love the roll bar! That should improve handling, no?

And the horn button? Too cool! Very Nice!

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 Post subject: Re: The 55: Re-Invented
PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 6:50 pm 
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Thanks guys. Yes, the rollbar should stiffen the chassis up a lot and let the suspension "do it's thing" better. The car feels stiffer for sure, but I haven't had the chance to toss it around in turns yet.

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Great SCOTT!! that looks so amazingly awesome!!! You are my HERO!! like right up there with Iron Man and Captain America.. is Brian!! :thumbs:

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