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Another piece completed

1602 Views 13 Replies 5 Participants Last post by  Flassh
Just added the new billet rear license frame that I made in the shop. Wanted something different that would go with the paint scheme. Went with the tear drop design for the back up lights.

Also my new wheels came in last Thursday from Newstalgia wheels. Talk about being disappointed when I opened the boxes. Wow, I couldn't belive my eyes that these top of the line rims were of such poor quality. The rims were very dull, had 400 grit sand scratches the were poorly polished over, pitts in the material, nicks from a slip of the polisher, and weld splatters on the inside and outside of the wheel surface. In my opinion rejects (close to junk). I don't blame Newstalgia (as I have made them aware of the problem about the company that produced the wheels. They have reponded in a prompt manner and are customer satisfaction oriented), but I do blame the company that produced these wheels. I have written them two letters of complaint, to two different people, so far with no reply. I'm not going to mention the companies name any more until this matter is settled. I've given them plenty of time to respond, so I did the next best thing, which was, to take them out of the boxes and resand each and every part with 1000, 1200, 1500, and 2000, grit wet paper, then compound polish the aluminum to a shine, Jewelers rusche them to a deep shiny finish (the way they should have been for the money), and finally hand polished with some Flitz metal polish. After 16 hours of labor and $50.00 in materials, they are now acceptable enough to put on the SSR. At this piont that company is not getting credit for the wheels, but instead I will apply a custom made SSR applique in the center caps in place of their brand name.
A company that is supposed to be the top of the line product in the market place that releases this poor of a quality product, and no reguard for customer service and satisfaction, doesn't deserve recognition on my display board at the car shows.
Perhaps it's my perfectionist attitude towards my workmanship that makes me insist on the perfection from others as well. Especially if I have to fork out good hard earned money for that product.


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Hey Flassh....where did you get the chrome inserts for the engine cover?
FUZZY said:
I worked on the engine cover rods today, as well as the polished strips for the air box.
I did drill and tap the aluminum rods, to run M3-.50 x6 button head machine screws from the back side into the rods. I drilled about 90% through the rod and tapped it as far as I could with a regular metric tap (couldn't find a bottoming tap anywhere in this town). This is very tricky and shouldn't be attempted by those who are not machinistly inclined.
I am still working on the minute pieces for the Vortec letters and sweeping circle design. These will also be polished aluminum. These are quite intricate, so they may take a while. The first piece of the sweeping circle took me over an hour to create and polish, but it fit perfectly and looks great. will work on more tommarow.
Your ride gets sweeter and sweeter looking Fuzzy! I worked in a machine shop for many years Fuzzy and also found bottom taps hard to come by so I learned to make my own. If you have a grinder with a fine grinding stone, just take a tap of the size you are using, put the tip straight into the stone and grind away the tip until the starting threads are gone. You will have a beautiful bottom tap! Try not to overheat and burn the end while you are grinding.

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