I'm looking to find a company that can manufacture replacement items to
pattern in stainless steel instead of chrome and mazak.
I'm looking for bumpers, overriders, radiator, as well as small brightwork
Willing to travel anywhere in UK.
All help gratefully appreciated
How deep is your pocket?
Speaking as a toolmaker, unless the tooling already exists, you'd be looking
at tens of thousands of pounds for press tooling to manufacture just a
bumper. A radiator shell wouldn't be much cheaper.
Not so much for an overider, but still many thousands of pounds.
IMO potential sales could never justify the setup costs, even if you saved
on the tooling by having them made in the far east.
A chap I used to sail with runs a business in Kent called "Shiny boat
stuff". He makes pulpit rails, ladders, etc from stainless - not a
welding bead in sight. I can't find his web site at the moment, but
will keep looking.
he won't be the only one - but you will be looking at hundreds of quid
per bumper, I'd have thought.
Many of the things made of muckite are so because their shape requires
casting rather than pressing. So to produce an identical item in SS might
be plain impossible.
Nothing wrong with chrome plated steel for durability - provided the job
is done correctly. And for low volume, this would be vastly cheaper than
making new pressings for SS.
It's a relatively cheap process to reproduce Mazak castings using bronze
which doesn't suffer from acne like mazak. Still needs good chroming,
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Investment casting (aka lost wax) is possible in stainless, though, as
Dave says, brass or bronze is more common. The number of fake
Rolls-Royce mascots on ebay is testament to the ease of the process.
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Never liked SS on cars because of its preferential corrosion
Brass castings chrome plated are better, better still copper castings
chrome plated (one less step). I don't thing copper would be any softer
Yup.Even if the rest of the car rots away, the bright trim remain near
AFAIC there's nothing to beat SS for bright trim. Never corrodes, and can
be repolished if it gets a little scuffed.
AFAIR virtually all the bright trim on our old Rovers is SS.
Untrue, SS needs to be exposed to oxygen in order to remain in good
conditions. SS screws and bolts suffer from crevice corrosion,
particularly in saline environments such as would be experienced with
fasteners exposed to winter salt spray.
Sailors are familiar with this. It was thought that replacing parts on
boars with SS would helpt to resist corrosion but in practice SS
especially below or bear the waterline has a shorter life than the
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