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Bradan F355 Berlinetta bare metal paint job, Upholstery, mechanical service

Discussion in '348/355' started by BRADAN, Feb 6, 2018.

  1. johnk...

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    That a $1000 piece of sheet metal.
     
  2. BRADAN

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    Our car body repair spot welder is a Tecna 3664 DC current welding station with inverter technology. It's considered the most advanced on the market. The machine is fully automatic when in smart plus mode. The welding control is able to automatically recognize the type and thickness of the sheets to be welded, from sensors in the gun. This eliminates operator error as the software automatically sets specific welding parameters to ensure the best quality welds, without having to rely on a specific skill set. By means of a flash drive, it's also possible to upload OEM specific welding programs.

    If a fault is detected, the machine will compensate for this fault, or if it's not possible to perform a welding procedure, information is displayed explaing the fault.

    The F355 chassis is a mixture of Mig and spot welds.
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  3. ernie

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    Keep the pics coming.

    I loves these kinds of threads.
     
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  4. JLF

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    Yup, who cares how much he’s spending. I’m glad he is because we get to watch.
     
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  5. 338Lapua

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    I know I'm repeating what others have said, but this is a GREAT thread. What intrigues me the most is the use of "industrial" equipment to make a repair as it was from the factory and not a hack job that uses bondo and cardboard (which was done on this car previously). Probably because I'm the "geek" Engineer.....o_O:rolleyes::D
     
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  6. steved033

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    You aren't the only one.

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  7. taz355

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    Gotta lov it boys.
    This should be the new standard.
    Excellent work as I have said before.
     
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  8. BRADAN

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  10. SoCal1

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    I really miss my frame machines.:(

    Work looks good.
     
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  11. BRADAN

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  12. BRADAN

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  13. Dave rocks

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  14. BRADAN

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    It wasn't our original plan. Some how aftermarket liners ended up costing more then factory liners and take nearly 2 months to build. Green dot cylinder liners are NLA. We found boxes of green dot liners labeled from the factory that were actually red dot liners inside. So this was a back up plan. Millennium tech did the refinishing work.
     
  15. Dave rocks

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    Replacing vs reconditioning the liners is just plan foolish. $8k for new is just insane when nothing is wrong but the plating. I'm glad you guys did this. My guess is the total cost of replating was $1000.
     
  16. taz355

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    It used to cost about 250 per hole but that was 20 years ago that I did it.
    Could be more, or less I guess.
     
  17. taz355

    taz355 F1 Rookie
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    The only time we bought new liners was when theywere scored not worn.
     

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