Vehicle owners who are struggling to find parts and components needed to complete their repairs and stay on top of maintenance concerns may be very interested to know that they have other options available. Arranging to have a rare or hard to find part fabricated can provide those who own vintage cars and vehicles that were only produced in limited numbers an easier way to source what they need. Learning more about where you can find the best fabrication services and part manufacturing options may Read the rest of this entry »
Anyone who went through a vendor like http://www.Slackware.org and watches a fair amount of NASCAR knows that it’s not all fast, white-knuckle speeding in a circle. Sometimes tragedy strikes.
Tragedy struck the auto racing world once again when journeyman racer and one-time NASCAR Nationwide Series winner Jason Leffler succumbed to injuries that he suffered Wednesday night in a crash during a sprint car heat race. The 37-year-old NASCAR veteran, who leaves behind a 5-year-old son, was running in second place when his car hit the wall and flipped several times as it entered the track’s front straightaway. The NASCAR garage was understandably somber as it reflected on Leffler’s passing. “I think it said everything about him as a driver,” Dale Earnhardt Jr. said. “He liked to race.”
Leffler participated in last weekend’s Pocono 400, where five-time series champion Jimmie Johnson took the checkered flag. It is the third victory of the season for Johnson, who looks to pad his points lead. You have to feel sorry for the competition because Johnson seldom relinquishes the lead once he takes it. However, Michigan International Speedway seems to be one of the only places where he struggles. It is one of only five tracks on the circuit where he has never tasted victory.
Michigan has been kind to Earnhardt, Johnson’s teammate, who enters this weekend on a bit of a hot streak. Although he has not won in over year, Earnhardt has won twice at the track. The 2004 Daytona 500 champion said that he is in the best opportunity of his career and that his team is close to developing into a sure-fire title contender.
Fabricating a custom part for your vehicle may be an expensive proposition, but it can also provide owners with many benefits. Creating parts and components that are able to offer performance and durability that far exceeds the capacity of factory-standard options can allow owners to upgrade their vehicles in more effective ways. Choosing the right manufacturing or retail professional for your next custom part may not be an issue that you can afford to over look. Services and suppliers that will be able to provide you with a better deal, a superior selection or a fabrication Read the rest of this entry »
For most off-road custom fabricators, the goal is to make the fastest vehicle possible. When famous vehicle designer Dean Jeffries (known, among other achievements, for painting James Dean’s Porsche 550 Spyder) was assigned to create the vehicle for the 1977 sci-fi film Damnation Alley, he had another goal. The Landmaster, as the vehicle would be called, didn’t necessarily have to outrace other vehiclesit simply had to survive in a post-apocalyptic wasteland populated by mutated insects and barbarians.
True to form, Jeffries used as many standard truck parts as possible. If you’re going to define it in direct tvterms, the process was less SyFy channel and closer to Spike’s Xtreme 4×4. At its core, the Landmaster holds a 427-cubic-inch Ford industrial engine. The vehicle’s unique shape (a polygonal body with a pointed front-end) comes from the two large truck rear bodies that were used to build it. The transmission is an Allison automatic. Read the rest of this entry »
Motor sports fabrication is expensive for five main reasons. These reasons include the material, labor by a specialists, safety, technology and the equipment for installations. The material primarily used is sheet metal. This allows for a great amount of flexibility and durability, but when several sheets are used, costs begin to really add up. If the fabrication is done by a specialist, they will charge for the parts and the labor. The labor costs will vary depending on how big of a name the specialist has. The advantage with a specialist is that they already Read the rest of this entry »
Fabrication of race cars has increased drastically over recent years especially if you are buying custom parts. The reason for any racing part to cost more though is the same as in any other industry and the rules of supply and demand apply to it as well. There are unfortunately plenty of reasons why fabrication has increased over the last couple of years.
Specialized racing parts are becoming more expensive as less people are buying them currently. This is in part because of the economy and until it improves Read the rest of this entry »
The first component is the frame or chassis, which often times is already existent, so we will leave that out of the discussion. The main material used in motor sports vehicle fabrication and racing is sheet metal. Sheet metal is an extremely durable, yet flexible material for the outer body. The floor is often constructed of diamond plating, which allows for better grip on the drivers behalf. Some applications use sheet metal combined with a non-slip grip style pad. The seat is typically made from aluminum, with Styrofoam inserts to cushion the ride and to improve driver safety during an Read the rest of this entry »
If you have any interest whatsoever in off-road vehicle fabrication, you should be on the Off-Road Fabrication Network (offroadfabnet.com). This forum of over 13,000 users is a cyber-meeting place where enthusiasts discuss the intricacies of the fabrication specialty, from materials to welding to conducting swap-deals. Registering is free, and necessary if you want to post your own questions and comments. However, guests can access any thread on the forum.Another benefit of registering is that it gives you access to the articles written specially for Off-Road Fabrication Network users. I could tell you what some of them were about, but that would ruin the surprise! The articles are the only section off-limits to guestsyou can freely browse the tutorials (which cover everything from tube-splicing to building plate and tube shackles) and product reviews. So what are you waiting for? Get involved and join the Network today!
Ed Pearlman, founder of the National Off-Road Racing Association (NORRA), founded the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1976. Sixteen members were inducted in 1976, and another group in 1980, but there was no physical “hall” yet. In 1995, racer Rod Hall (who would later become an inductee himself) acquired the rights to NORRA and partnered with the National Automobile Museum to find a home for the hall. It was made official later that year, and can still be visited today.As mentioned above, Rod Hall was a later inductee (2005). Over the course of his career, he he’s competed in every Baja 1000 race in a four-wheeled vehiclethe only racer to do so. He also holds the record for most consecutive wins (35) in off-road racing history. Read the rest of this entry »
Fabrication is a tough business. After more than 30 years of experience, Troy Johnson knows this. That’s why he founded The Fab School in 2005 to cater to enthusiasts who want to take their passion to the next level and gain valuable, marketable skills.The Fab School is a nationally-accredited school with a desire to see people learn and progress into fabrication careers. Starting with an introductory course that covers basic aspects like tube bending, pattern design, MIG and TIG welding, and more, students have the opportunity to follow their interests as far as they choose. The “Advanced CNC Operator Course” gives operators familiarity with computer numerical controls, offering the student experience in mill and lathe operation and maintenance. Read the rest of this entry »