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oscar
27-10-2012, 11:10 AM
Awhile back finding a new fan guard for the engine on a VW t2 camper, was like finding rocking horse stuff. So I decided to make my own.
This is my first attempt.
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/10/27/qa9ujyna.jpghttp://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/10/27/3ezagyhy.jpghttp://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/10/27/hetysuqe.jpg
Although this initially looked ok, I was worried it may be to restrictive to air flow. Which is a disaster on these old aircooled engines. After a bit of thinking and advice I came up with this.

The design.
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/10/27/he2u3u3a.jpg
Take a VW hub cap.
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/10/27/5u3apy6u.jpg
Drilling the wire start holes.
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/10/27/vu6y9uvu.jpg
Cutting the design.
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/10/27/yne9ude4.jpghttp://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/10/27/jeqave3a.jpghttp://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/10/27/ra7udupe.jpg

oscar
27-10-2012, 11:11 AM
Machining the frame.
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/10/27/uta6uhur.jpg
Almost there.
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/10/27/qahaju2u.jpg
Painted and assembled.
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/10/27/ypebutu5.jpg
On the van.
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/10/27/su5a2abe.jpg

Hobgoblin
27-10-2012, 11:44 AM
Thats one of the best Trick parts Ive seen.

Some good designing, machining techniques too.

I would of painted it a different colour, but it does match the van and each to their own i guess.

Still a worthy :thumsup:!

Final thought, have you ever thought of tapping in to the van community im sure you'll be part of and producing these for a profit?

oscar
27-10-2012, 11:49 AM
This was a few months ago now. A company is knocking out plastic injection ones now for 25 a pop!

Hobgoblin
27-10-2012, 12:48 PM
Hybrid, lexan/OEM modified part, with that finish > injection mouled pish.

I definatly see potential for a product here oscar, varient of the lexan you used or tinted, as well as different finishes on the machined hub cap should provide enough variation to appeal to many.

The quality speaks for itself!

oscar
27-10-2012, 01:02 PM
I agree. But it would need a punch made for the hub caps. Wiring them takes way to long.
Thanks for the kind comments.

Hobgoblin
27-10-2012, 10:27 PM
Ahh fair enough Oscar. Ive never done wiring before so as a process I have no prior knowlege of the lead times. If it were me though I would definatly manufacture a self spare, for another possible project or just for keep sake incase. The machines used are they personal? Id love to have access to stuff like that!

oscar
27-10-2012, 10:30 PM
The machines belong to the company I work for. But the boss doesn't mind us using them for personal stuff, in our own time.