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Old 03-16-2008, 05:10 PM
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First Pedal Lever Almost Finished

I've attached a picture of my first brake and clutch pedal. The pedal pads will come later when I dream something up. I'm working on the design for the master cylinder mounts and need to buy or scrounge some cylinders to continue.
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That looks really nice.
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Old 03-16-2008, 06:17 PM
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Looks great!
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Looks Great Whatchya puttin it in?


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Brake or clutch??

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Old 03-17-2008, 07:56 PM
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These pedals, when the two are done will be for both clutch and brake.

I attached a bit larger shot of my avatar, it's the rod I'm building - a 27 pickup style body.

I was going to buy an Old Dog body, but the more I think about the crating and shipping charges only to cut up the body to make it a tad longer and wider, I think I'll have a go at building my own body. Yes Paris I do have a history of spending several hundred dollars trying stuff like this only to have to buy the item in the end.... but I think I learn something in the process........ yup, how to waste time and money.
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Well if that is an example of how the rest of the car will be built - that will be awsome. Looks like some real craftsmanship at work there. Very nice!
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hit "alt+print screen" to do a screen capture. Then open up paint and past it in, crop, resize, and save as a jpg...but taking a picture of the screen with a camera does make me laugh
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I like it, what'd you whittle it out with? and does the other side look as pretty? if it does how did you accomplish that? was it a function of the cad/cam system you were using with a few good reference points to locate it? please excuse all the questions I'm trying to learn all this machining stuff so i like seeing this sorta thing. learning from those who have been where i wish to go, if you will.
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Very nice!
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Thanks all for the compliments and Triaged, you can laugh at me because I really am that dumb....... Paris no snickering, go powder your nose.

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I like it, what'd you whittle it out with? and does the other side look as pretty? if it does how did you accomplish that? was it a function of the cad/cam system you were using with a few good reference points to locate it? please excuse all the questions I'm trying to learn all this machining stuff so i like seeing this sorta thing. learning from those who have been where i wish to go, if you will.

The pedals are 6061T6 aluminum about .98 thick and the finish is as it is machined. A good finish is dependent on material, feed rates, spindle speed and quality of the cutter.

Locating on the mill is done by assigning a starting point on the CAD drawing. My drawings always start with a point at 0,0,0. That's X 0.0, Y 0.0 and Z 0.0. I then design the part around that point - in this case it's the center of the pedal pivot. Yes, I do need to bore the one out at the pivot. The CAM part of the software creates the various machining paths with the end mills specs input by me. Locating the part on the machine is a matter of having enough material to machine the part, enough material to hold the part on the table or vise and to keep it located about anywhere within the X,Y and Z limits of the mill. You then tell the machine where the material is through a G-code like G54 in this case. I can make several items at the same time by repeating the program but telling the machine where the next location is, like at the coordinates for G55, or G56 and so on.
There are some G-code programs that can be downloaded from the net.
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