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===Custom fab shop work - what would you do?

The company I work for has a product development group which fabricates everything from auto show displays to billet parts, to welding, to painting small stuff. They are willing to do "government" (private) work on the side. I'm wondering what would you have done?

They can't do big stuff like suspension arm fabrication, etc, nor do they know anything about Jeeps.

I'm thinking little stuff like on the dash, console, brackets, etc. Just fishing for ideas.
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Re: ===Custom fab shop work - what would you do?

i have no idea what you are asking ????

what should you have done with what ?

im so confused....
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Re: ===Custom fab shop work - what would you do?

Are you looking for money or for personal use?

If I wanted to make money, cheap shackles, (YJ and XJ styles) clocking rings, dual case adapters, twinstick kits, bracket sets, tube adapters and small stuff like that. Histeer arms, spacers, and the knuckle machining for flat tops. (using a core system.. dude pays you $100 and a core, and you give him flat tops.)

Seriously around here that kind of stuff is like a licence to print money.

If it's just for personal use, I'd personally get a clocking ring, a couple of dual case adapters, and maybe a fancy dash made.
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Re: ===Custom fab shop work - what would you do?

He is saying that the company he works for is a fabrication company and if you have any ideas for some small things they could fabricate for jeeps like:

maybe some mirror re-location brackets so when your doors are off you still have a mirror,

or maybe custom billet shifter knobs with people initials or something in them,

or you mentioned consoles, are you saying that you would build center consoles?

How about some billet or light metal switch panels so you add additional switches to your jeep for light, winch control, etc.
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Re: ===Custom fab shop work - what would you do?

Government work is work done as a favor for an employee. Kind of a fringe benefit.


A word of caution, if you have to sit around thinking of things for them to make for you, you might be abusing the service. If it gets abused too much, it might not be there any longer. Be cautious, use sparingly.

Iíve had a bunch of stuff made where Iíve worked over the years. At the last company I traded my mileage for it. I couldnít see getting paid by the hour to fill out an expense report for 40 miles at whatever the going rate was at the time. So, I just left it on the books and collected in a few parts.

They built my winch bumper and spare tire carrier, made plates to use D30 spindles on a trailer axle. They turned the flange off of a trailer hub for a swing out spare tire carrier, built new motor mounts for the AFW frame swap. They re-welded the rollbar when I put the half top on and made reinforcement plates to go down to the frame since the rolbar sits on top of the rear fenderwell now. And I donít remember what all else.

So where you work in Holland? I spent about a year there one month, out at Haworth on a conveyor project back in about 91. Still remember a sweetheart named Dorothy, was a waitress in the bar at the Holiday Inn. She said Iíd forget her but I didnít. Somewhere Iíve still got a postcard she sent.
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He He -- she hasn't forgotten you. And your baby son will hear about you too!!!


Just a postcard?


He He -- just kiddin' -- I hope.
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Re: ===Custom fab shop work - what would you do?

[qoute] I'm wondering what would you have done? [/qoute]

i miss took that to be like "what would you have done in my situation"....

i get it now


I'd have them make tube ends with left and right thread, so you can insert them into standard steel tube pieces and weld them in, instant threading for rod ends, so you can make linkages of sorts....
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