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I need a new passenger floorboard. I have searched the internet and cannot find the answer.

What is the equivalent thickness of aluminium to match the stiffness of 5mm plywood?

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15 minutes ago, Phill said:

What is the equivalent thickness of aluminium to match the stiffness of 5mm plywood?

Heavier.

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We have them in ABS plastic...................:whistling:

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3 minutes ago, Type911 said:

We have them in ABS plastic...................:whistling:

I know, I've seen them and they look very nice but having just spent £6000 on my engine I'm trying to keep costs down :(

 

34 minutes ago, jevvy said:

Heavier.

Mmmmm, I had considered that, not ideal.

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Use 5mm plywood :)

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1 minute ago, Nige said:

Use 5mm plywood :)

Yes, the issue is the bend.

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Use 5 sheets of 1mm ply, apply glue, make a sandwich and then bend to shape and let dry.  Would need a rudimentary jig.

or

Use 5mm plywood and cut grooves through all but one of the layers across the bend.  Apply glue and bend to shape.

Loads of videos on Youtube.

You can steam bend using a wallpaper steamer and plastic bag/sheet.

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You can actually buy flexible ply. I will have to have a look at some somewhere.

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Is it the bend bit that is broken/rotten? If not, make a new flat bit and graft it on to the original bent bit.

Chris.

 

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22 minutes ago, Phill said:

You can actually buy flexible ply. I will have to have a look at some somewhere.

Doesn't it stay bendy though?  You want it to bend and then stay bent.

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Hi Phill,

I’ve got a spare pair of floorboards that I bought off Matt. They’re targa ones though.

The cut, at the bottom, up to the sill, is slightly different. And the strap holes at the top are a bit damaged.

If you’re interested I can send you a piccie.

Regards

Russ

 

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I used MDF - think 5 or 6mm but guessing. Works great and really cheap. 

Cheers 

David

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1 hour ago, Nige said:

Doesn't it stay bendy though?  You want it to bend and then stay bent.

Yes, found that out by ringing the time yard.

 

1 hour ago, flatsix777 said:

I used MDF - think 5 or 6mm but guessing. Works great and really cheap. 

Cheers 

David

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Are your curved, difficult to tell on my phone.

 

1 hour ago, Rustybum said:

Hi Phill,

I’ve got a spare pair of floorboards that I bought off Matt. They’re targa ones though.

The cut, at the bottom, up to the sill, is slightly different. And the strap holes at the top are a bit damaged.

If you’re interested I can send you a piccie.

Regards

Russ

 

Thanks Russ but I'll be just moving sideways by the sound of it.

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12 minutes ago, Phill said:

Yes, found that out by ringing the time yard.

 

Are your curved, difficult to tell on my phone.

 

Thanks Russ but I'll be just moving sideways by the sound of it.

No worries.

Regards

Russ

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Is there a market for these then?  As I have access to a laser cutter.

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I think if there is a way of producing some at a good price there is deffo a market. The problem is the bend. In metal easy enough but in wood and plastic a trifle more difficult/time consuming.

I have a hand held steam cleaner which I shall use to see if it is effective enough to bend some ply. I will have to make a jig though, as above.

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4 hours ago, Phill said:

Are your curved, difficult to tell on my phone.

Flat - seemed functionally unnecessary to curve and I made them with left over materials so cost me just a little time. We can sometimes make things over complicated IMHO. Flat works well in a 356.  

David 

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Curved as per Genuine in ASB, what will you guys pay?

 

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ABS Matt or is that something else?

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ASBo, the guy who makes them from ABS.........................................such a small keyboard for fingers this size................:banghead:

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👋 I need a new drivers side board and throttle stop.

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1 hour ago, flatsix777 said:

Flat - seemed functionally unnecessary to curve and I made them with left over materials so cost me just a little time. We can sometimes make things over complicated IMHO. Flat works well in a 356.  

David 

Interesting, flat makes things very simple..........roll on the weekend and standby for updates.

Out of interest @Type911 Matt what's the bottom line on your ABS ones?

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Let me see what we can do on a IB group session.

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