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Old 04-20-2003, 04:27 PM   #31
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And, finally, from the rear passenger's side:
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Old 04-20-2003, 04:30 PM   #32
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This is going to be one stiff car. I planned triangles in as many places as I could, but you just don't realize how many triangles there are until you get it put together.

I've still got quite a bit to do, but the cage will be finished by the end of next weekend. I've used a total of approx. 80' of tubing which is about 160 lbs. I figure I've got another 40', or 80 lbs., to go.
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Old 04-20-2003, 04:45 PM   #33
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Looking REAL good Tom. That isn't a cage a BIG man would do.
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Old 04-20-2003, 06:00 PM   #34
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That thing looks like a jungle gym!! VERY nice work Tom...you are one talented guy. So, do you take orders for weld-in cages...I'm in need of one in the fox?!?!
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Tom , CMP has four different classes for the test and tune. Go to www.turnonemotorsports.com and check it out.

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Old 04-20-2003, 06:17 PM   #36
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That thing looks like a jungle gym!! VERY nice work Tom...you are one talented guy. So, do you take orders for weld-in cages...I'm in need of one in the fox?!?!
Thanks Don. Bring the car down and we'll zap a cage in there.
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Tom-That cage looks awesome. Dad and I, neither of us very mechinically inclined, have been installing the autopower bolt-in cage in our Miata. It is going to be nice when we get it done. Now I just need to get some brackets made for the race seat. I will try to take some pictures, the cage is pretty ugly, but the padding will cover it up.

It has been fun, I learn something new every time I work on my car/cars and its fun!

Nice work Tom, can't wait to check that beast out when you get you license.

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Old 04-20-2003, 09:29 PM   #38
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Lookin' good Tom!


Thanks for the welder recommendation, I have heard that the ESAB's were good welders, I have a Lincoln now, but for the value and quality I heard ESAB is the best for the money...

What I welded today doesn't compare - I made a rack to hold all the sockets that are normally rolling around in my 'teardown' cart that I use to tear cars down...

What are you using to cut your notches?
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I have used a lot of mig guns and the ESAB is the best yet.
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Jim, are you using mixed gas? That will make a difference.
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John, don't you think that is a personal question?

Yes, it is a CO2/Argon mix, although I couldn't tell you what the mixture is...
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the cage looks good tom. did you use the rubic cube as a model. no additional frame stiffness required i would guess
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John, don't you think that is a personal question?

Yes, it is a CO2/Argon mix, although I couldn't tell you what the mixture is...
Uni gas is another name.
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....What are you using to cut your notches?
I'm using a tubing notcher that I bought from National Tool.

Here's a link to a similar, yet more expensive model: http://www.eastwoodco.com/email/defa...&SRCCODE=5KW31

I use a grinder for the more complex notches though.
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the cage looks good tom. did you use the rubic cube as a model. no additional frame stiffness required i would guess
Yeah, I don't think I'm going to have a problem with a lack of stiffness when it's all done. The entire cage will be tied into the body of the car.
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