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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-29-2009, 11:39 AM Thread Starter
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Any TJ guys break this?

Toby snapped his sun visor mount. It's a cheesy plastic thing, and glue didn't work for shucks. The local Chisler dealer wants $85 for a new visor, so I'll probably make an aluminum mount for him. Or maybe I'll put him to work on the lathe & milling machine. It wouldn't be a whole lot more effort on his part to make another one or two if anyone needs one.

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Or maybe I'll put him to work on the lathe & milling machine.
Bling – bling – bling – billet.

Have you considered using the old part to make a mold to cast one/some?

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Yeah, a chunk of 6061.

No, never gave casting a thought. It would take either a two-part mold or lost-wax for which I'd need to make a mold to make the wax plug. Only materials I could cast would be lead or some sort of epoxy. I guess epoxy would work, but I can machine a few out of aluminum faster and have the bling factor besides.

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Actually, I was thinking of casting a blank part and then machining the holes and the hollow.

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If I were going to make a thousand, or even a hundred, that might be the way to go. I have a company near me that does brass, bronze and aluminum casting. But I can machine a handful from bar stock faster than making a pattern and driving over there to talk it over.

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If I were going to make a thousand, or even a hundred, that might be the way to go.
That’s what I was thinking, I wasn’t thinking for a one-off. As cheesy as that part looks and being prone to breakage, I thought it might provide a niche product for you, recession and all.

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No need to be sorry. One reason I posted is to see how many broken ones there are out there. If there are a lot of them, I might make a bunch and sell them for $20 per, and a casting might be the way to do it.

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No need to be sorry. One reason I posted is to see how many broken ones there are out there. If there are a lot of them, I might make a bunch and sell them for $20 per, and a casting might be the way to do it.
I broke one, but i have 2 spares.
I'll send you one if you want.
I remember it broke one day while rock crawling. I came down off a rock the sixe of the jeep and when the jeep landed it snapped off.
I'm not sure how big of a problem it is though...
It took me 8 years to break one.. thats pretty good.

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Thanks! Toby sure would appreciate it. The best deal he's found so far is a guy who has two complete visors and wants $55 for them, but they're the wrong ones - just have a single mounting bolt. I'll PM his address to you.

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Toby got antsy

Yesterday Toby showed up at the shop fretting about his sun visor. MY Jeep doesn't even have visors, but he wanted his back up. So, I sat him down at the lathe, showed him how to run it, then finished up on the milling machine. THIS one isn't going to break.

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