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#31 Rolled Cambers

  • Joined:14-July 09
  • Location:Australia VIC
  • Car:Nissan Silvia s13.

Posted 13 May 2011 - 08:28 PM

View PostUmai Naa!!, on 11 May 2011 - 06:54 PM, said:

Hi Rex, let Rex know I'm loving his work.

+1
More pics, btw tell rex to get bigger images? Im interested in seeing the beads

#32 Rex_Kelway

  • Joined:19-May 05
  • Location:Australia SA

Posted 14 May 2011 - 12:30 PM

Alright, how about somemeting different. Perhaps some random and non-car shit?

These first few are the unfortunate result of Rex being away from His workshop and suddenly struck with the need to build someting. Mental disorder anyone?

Tired of reading in the lav, why not make something?
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One for the Mighty Boosh fans, this is what happens when Rex's coconut breaks into two perfect pieces. Milky Joe...
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Andriod phone dock?
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This is an outdoor table He built for the Girlie's birthday. Its built from 316 marine grade stainless. The top is reclaimed Jarrah. Actually the floorboards from some 100year old cottage or something. The wood is clear-coated, no stain. Colour is sensational.
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Beer on Tap at 'Casa De Rex'

Donated chest Freezer
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Building the top. More reclaimed Jarrah.
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Clearcoated and finished top with lobsterback font.
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Digital thermo-controller kit to reset the operating temp from -17deg to +4deg.
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Kegs and CO2 for carbonation/dispensing.
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The finished product. There was no way Rex was going to be able to repaint it good enough. So He decided to clad it with fabric instead. Theres also an etched glass spashback that was fitted later.
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About two years ago a mate asked Him to build a SimSeat, giving Rex the idea to build a few to sell. The one below is the prototype that Rex kept for Himself for a while.

Aluminium frame work.
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Yet more reclaimed Jarrah.
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Runners and mounts for old Velo. Was just sitting around so Rex decided to put it to use...
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Almost finished frame.
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Angled pedal mount.
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Finished setup. The frame was designed to slide together so it hopefully would make it easier to pack away when not in use.
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This is the second version. The actual SimSeat that Rex ended up designing and building as a product to sell. It had to be;
- Lightweight, movable and pack down small as possible.
- Easy for buyer to mount their own seat if needed.
- Easy to get in/out.
- Adjustable
- Suit different wheels etc.
- Nice enough looking that wives/girlfriends will approve
- Inexpensive final sale price

Works a treat. Rex's been using his for about a year and a half now with no problems. Even the Girlie likes (tolerates) it. Theres three left, if anyones keen :whistle:

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Adjustable length and pedal angle
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Ajustable steering angle.
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Folds up to and wheels around to pack away.
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Sometimes Rex gets an idea that plagues Him. Eventually filling His sketch books until it just HAS to be built, as if it were a demon that has to be excorcised. This Stainless, Jarrah and Glass Telly pedestal was one of them.

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A pair of bookshelf speakers, another excorcism project.
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Currently Rex is plagued by thoughts of a 'Spitfire' Coffee table...

And Finally! The NYE 2009 waterslide!!!
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#33 skd-570

  • Joined:12-September 09
  • Location:Australia SA
  • Car:sr20det onevia

Posted 14 May 2011 - 07:30 PM

mate... i admire your skills! you have inspired me to get creative! well done.

#34 Strewth01

  • Joined:02-February 08
  • Location:Australia VIC
  • Car:180sx

Posted 14 May 2011 - 08:53 PM

Amazing!!!!!

#35 Guest_Umai Naa!!_*

Posted 15 May 2011 - 07:46 AM

Has Rex modifed the cat yet?

#36 STR8E180

  • Joined:30-April 03
  • Location:Australia NSW
  • Car:GTR R34 V-SPEC

Posted 15 May 2011 - 07:47 AM

View PostRex_Kelway, on 14 May 2011 - 12:30 PM, said:

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awesome

#37 nis14

  • Joined:05-September 10
  • Location:Australia VIC
  • Car:s14a

Posted 15 May 2011 - 02:38 PM

soooo much skill

#38 MidnightMods

  • Joined:19-December 03
  • Location:Australia VIC

Posted 15 May 2011 - 03:37 PM

Pm about game sim.

#39 TRIPOD

  • Joined:14-September 05
  • Location:Australia TAS
  • Car:CEFIRO, LAUREL

Posted 15 May 2011 - 07:11 PM

one very creative mind there! awesome work alround, love the look of the Jarrah!

#40 Moleman

  • Joined:14-October 08
  • Location:Australia SA
  • Car:S13 SILVIA

Posted 16 May 2011 - 12:22 AM

rex, you truly are amazing, oh how i envy thee

#41 CaBS

  • Joined:16-April 06
  • Location:Australia NSW
  • Car:180SX

Posted 18 May 2011 - 11:34 PM

Awesome work man! =)

#42 TheApothecary

  • Joined:10-May 11
  • Location:Australia SA
  • Car:Forever A Charade

Posted 18 May 2011 - 11:51 PM

TheApothecary highly approves of Rex' creativity and perfection in both small scale and big manifestations. Can't put a price on the quality Rex presents, keep up the good work.

#43 Drunken Monk

  • Joined:21-May 09
  • Location:Australia VIC
  • Car:180sx

Posted 19 May 2011 - 11:02 PM

well, you can put a price on the quality Rex presents because Rex's skills are for hire. as he is a welder by trade and all...

#44 Rex_Kelway

  • Joined:19-May 05
  • Location:Australia SA

Posted 22 May 2011 - 06:09 PM

Thanks for the kind words lads.

Short stroke coilover strut conversions. The strut casings have to be shortened to maintain the proper stroke range when the car is lowered:
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These were a batch of rear camber arms Rex was asked to build. The threaded bosses, rod ends and U-brackets were supplied. Rex had to jig and bend the tubing then weld the lot together.
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Rose Jointed and boxed lower control arms. The threaded bosses and spacers all had to be machined because they're odd sizes. Doing batch maching by hand is truly a boring nightmare.
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CAMS spec Rollcage fitted to an SR Datsun 1600. The car unfortunately rolled four and half times violently at a Mallala track-day. This rollcage actually ended up saving the owners life, very unlucky crash for him but to be honest Rex was on quite a buzz for the week after that. Life saved, rollcage proven, job well done... [/HUMBLE] One thing worth noting is that although CAMS specify only a single diagonal member as mandatory. In the crash the diagonal actually bent in the middle as it absorbed the impacts. So Rex will ALWAYS recommend a second diagonal.
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Closer on the mounting feet and gussets. Where possible, Rex always tries to pickup on several sections of the chassis in a few different planes ultimately to feed any forces more evenly into the chassis.
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Intake and intercooler pipework on a 1JZ into old cressida conversion. This was a great job, this one. The owner has had a few cars like this, he has a really good eye for the style. The idea was to create an engine bay layout that looked like a custom version of factory. A huge amount of time was spent ensuring the lines and paths of the intercooler pipes matched those of other components in the engine bay with neatness being paramount. Rex's very proud of how this one as a whole turned out...
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The pipes were built an as few sections as possible this is some bracketry to support and resist any sagging/vibration.
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#45 GHOSTY

  • Joined:14-September 05
  • Location:Australia QLD
  • Car:'02 S15

Posted 22 May 2011 - 10:27 PM

Rex, is it paramount to have the roll cage diagonal adjacent to the ground or is going from the b pillar to rear strut tower ok too?

#46 Rex_Kelway

  • Joined:19-May 05
  • Location:Australia SA

Posted 23 May 2011 - 09:10 AM

Personally Rex prefers two diagonals forming an X in the main-hoop if at all possible. CAMS specify at minimum a single diagonal in either of the main-hoop OR the backstay planes. The 2012 CAMS regs dictate that it's upper attachment is on the drivers side. For competitions where there are two occupants a second diagonal in the same plane is needed.

There are a few more guidelines to work with but those are the basics.

The problem comes from the fact that a single diagonal on it's own is a long unsupported length and given an impact of certain severity it may be prone to bending as the case of the 1600 above. A second diagonal serves to support it in the middle eliminating the problem.

#47 blaq-boi

  • Joined:27-January 05
  • Location:Australia VIC

Posted 23 May 2011 - 09:59 PM

loving the work... NEED BIGGER PICS!!!

#48 SLY-031

  • Joined:22-July 04
  • Location:Australia SA
  • Car:Legnum VR-4

Posted 25 May 2011 - 02:10 PM

Oh how I love Bigworm's Cressy.

Fantastic work on everything here, Rex.

Envious.

#49 Rex_Kelway

  • Joined:19-May 05
  • Location:Australia SA

Posted 25 May 2011 - 09:50 PM

HOW BIGGER do you want PICS???

thought it was a good compromise twixt loading time, detail and space, perhaps Rex was wrong?

View Postblaq-boi, on 23 May 2011 - 09:59 PM, said:

loving the work... NEED BIGGER PICS!!!


#50 blaq-boi

  • Joined:27-January 05
  • Location:Australia VIC

Posted 25 May 2011 - 10:29 PM

SIF!!!... rex is NEVER wrong! lol

just on the more intricate things mate!

#51 TheApothecary

  • Joined:10-May 11
  • Location:Australia SA
  • Car:Forever A Charade

Posted 25 May 2011 - 11:00 PM

View PostRex_Kelway, on 25 May 2011 - 09:50 PM, said:

HOW BIGGER do you want PICS???

thought it was a good compromise twixt loading time, detail and space, perhaps Rex was wrong?

View Postblaq-boi, on 23 May 2011 - 09:59 PM, said:

loving the work... NEED BIGGER PICS!!!

Perhaps investigate into those smaller thumbnails that if excitement was intwined, the left finger clicking motion would occur and bigger pictures would be seen.

It would only result in full screen perplexity and perhaps even a might dash of awe.

#52 Drunken Monk

  • Joined:21-May 09
  • Location:Australia VIC
  • Car:180sx

Posted 25 May 2011 - 11:18 PM

just resize all high quality photo's to 800x640 and save as jpeg, all easy to do on 'Paint'

#53 Rex_Kelway

  • Joined:19-May 05
  • Location:Australia SA

Posted 26 May 2011 - 04:41 PM

Awwww mannnn, Rex was just batch resizing the stupid things to 400px wide so they wouldn't take up too much space.

Sorry for the tremendous dis-service lads. Will try do better in the future...

Another update coming tonight.

#54 snwfek

  • Joined:16-June 10
  • Location:Australia VIC

Posted 26 May 2011 - 05:39 PM

I want a set of those rear camber arms :D

#55 blaq-boi

  • Joined:27-January 05
  • Location:Australia VIC

Posted 26 May 2011 - 05:39 PM

View PostTheApothecary, on 25 May 2011 - 11:00 PM, said:

View PostRex_Kelway, on 25 May 2011 - 09:50 PM, said:

HOW BIGGER do you want PICS???

thought it was a good compromise twixt loading time, detail and space, perhaps Rex was wrong?

View Postblaq-boi, on 23 May 2011 - 09:59 PM, said:

loving the work... NEED BIGGER PICS!!!

Perhaps investigate into those smaller thumbnails that if excitement was intwined, the left finger clicking motion would occur and bigger pictures would be seen.

It would only result in full screen perplexity and perhaps even a might dash of awe.

Regardless if how incorrect you are, I will reply as if I actually did follow the above instructions...

Kind sir, I took and followed your advice with complete and utter FAITH!.
unfortunately, to no avail!.

As my index finger was furiously pumping in a clicking motion. After countless hours, along with blood and tears it finally happened!
I looked up to see with my very own eyes... FULL SCREEN PERPLEXITY was not acquired!. Awe was not expressed :(

#56 Rex_Kelway

  • Joined:19-May 05
  • Location:Australia SA

Posted 28 May 2011 - 12:09 PM

'Hello Dave?...'

Now with 25% PIC BIGGERness!!! All while still retaining Rex's trademark casual arrogance...

A few ways of skinning the SR20 manifold cat:

RamHorn layout. Its quite a good layout due to the very gentle curves in the runners but the major drawback is the lack of space for the dump pipe. Not impossible, just tricky...
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The usual 2/3 underslung layout:
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Experimenting with a hybrid of both the above layouts:
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T4 twin scroll. Dividing it properly into 1/4 and 2/3 circuits takes a little patience. Rex built this one purely as an experiment:
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Tomei Expreme style layouts. This is Rex's favourite low-mount style. Believe it or not Nissan's engineers aren't stupid. The factory manifold is built on some very good principles; Short direct runners, divided circuits etc. These steampipe versions use all the same design principles but with much greater flow potential and the strength/reliability that comes with steampipe manufacture.
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'Tune-Length' style. Whatever that means :whistle:...
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One thing on low mount manifolds. If you are keen on a low mount setup that's not a direct bolt on job, dont assume you have to limit yourself to mimicking the factory location. If you have to build a new manifold, lines, dump pipe inlet and intercooler pipework then why not use your imagination and move the whole setup to a placement that gives you more room to build a better manifold?


'You're my wife now Dave...'

#57 driftmatt

  • Joined:20-September 09
  • Location:Australia NSW
  • Car:S13

Posted 28 May 2011 - 12:38 PM

Amazing skills man, love reading this thread.

#58 tim.duncan

  • Joined:19-January 11
  • Location:Australia SA

Posted 30 May 2011 - 01:19 PM

I'm just starting my first turbo manifold, thanks for the inspetation

One question, on the flange for the head you have slits into the bolt holes. What is the purpose?

#59 STR8E180

  • Joined:30-April 03
  • Location:Australia NSW
  • Car:GTR R34 V-SPEC

Posted 30 May 2011 - 04:44 PM

View Posttim.duncan, on 30 May 2011 - 01:19 PM, said:

One question, on the flange for the head you have slits into the bolt holes. What is the purpose?
those slits are purely there because its easier for the machine operator
the flanges will be laser cut on a cnc machine and instead of turning of the laser to cut the holes they can just keep the laser going when they cut the outside of the flange this way they can do the outside cut and the holes all at the same time instead of stopping and starting the laser

#60 tim.duncan

  • Joined:19-January 11
  • Location:Australia SA

Posted 31 May 2011 - 06:49 AM

Makes sense, cheers





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