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curtisreed
03-17-2009, 10:50 AM
Just wanted to show off some of the work I have been doing. I made a one piece combination alternator pulley / vacuum pump drive mandrel and a new alternator mount.

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-9/1212408/IM000857.JPG

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-9/1212408/IM000858.JPG

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-9/1212408/IM000859.JPG

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-9/1212408/IM000861.JPG

More later when I get the other stuff mounted.

Curtis Reed

suicidebomb
03-17-2009, 11:53 AM
NICE work Curtis, very nice.

fla1976
03-17-2009, 11:54 AM
You are a craftsman, beautiful work.

bjuice
03-17-2009, 04:31 PM
thats really Nice Curtis..i wish i had a lathe and Milling machine..but if i did i couldn't turn nothing out like that..

shoot..trade mark it..think of some catchy name go market it and you in the money....just remember my 20% broker fee...

Man the price that kind of stuff is fetching this day and time.... :shock:

curtisreed
03-17-2009, 06:45 PM
Thanks guys, I run a machine shop and do all the programming for the cnc's, some design work, production supervisor, janitor, head dog washer, etc.... Why have cnc machines if you can't make racecar parts, you know.

Juice, I've done the make and sell route. Honestly I ended up working 7 days a week on that stuff and holding down my regular job. I've never had trouble selling anything I've made but my wife was forgetting who I was. I miss the money but I missed her more. I was making sheet metal valve covers for SBC, BBC, fuel cells and aluminum fuel tanks for Yamaha Banshee 4 wheelers. Some of the tanks were sent to Saudi Arabia. I also did racecar wiring. Now I just make things for myself and some close friends. I made some shogun style breathers, sold a set to Charles (cepx111 on here), some mounts for Shogun style alternators, which are the same thing used on some Kubota tractors.

I just like the challenge of making something myself instead of buying it. That's why it always takes me longer to get to the track than other people.

Curtis

cepx111
03-17-2009, 09:12 PM
He does great work guys, I have a set of his billet screw on breather's on the 496, very nice pieces.

CamBirdRacing
03-20-2009, 05:57 AM
Nice work. I work for a contractor at NASA in Houston as a machinist. I cant' afford to buy what I can build, LOL. usually my stuff is way better than the stuff I could buy. We have a bunch of Hurco cnc mills and a few Mazak lathes.

We built all the running gear, wheels, transmissions, rear ends,control arms, electric motor housings for this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSM1VzVe8QI&feature=related

curtisreed
03-20-2009, 07:08 AM
That's pretty cool. I wish I had more time to devote to parts I would like to make. I just have a few minutes here and there to jump in when something is open.

I almost bought a Hurco when I got my first vmc. I ended up going with Haas. I would like to try out a Mazak lathe sometime.

Curtis

CamBirdRacing
03-20-2009, 07:22 AM
We just got a VMC 64 and 2 VMC 42's in last year. We have 3 knee mills, a Hawk, 6 old 30's, 2 old 50's, an old 80 and a VMC30. They are still very nice piece's. We have a Hass vf8 and 6 and a horizontal machine that's new. 2 Mazak integrex's and a small lathe. I have been running a small Milltronics lathe for over a month now. That is a nice machine also. Just got a Agie wire edm in on wednesday. If you ever make it to the Houston area, give me a holler and I will give you a tour of the shop. Down at the sheet metal/welding area we also have a couple of water knifes. Man I could go on all day about this place,HAHA.

bjuice
03-20-2009, 05:58 PM
Thanks guys, I run a machine shop and do all the programming for the cnc's, some design work, production supervisor, janitor, head dog washer, etc.... Why have cnc machines if you can't make racecar parts, you know.

Juice, I've done the make and sell route. Honestly I ended up working 7 days a week on that stuff and holding down my regular job. I've never had trouble selling anything I've made but my wife was forgetting who I was. I miss the money but I missed her more. I was making sheet metal valve covers for SBC, BBC, fuel cells and aluminum fuel tanks for Yamaha Banshee 4 wheelers. Some of the tanks were sent to Saudi Arabia. I also did racecar wiring. Now I just make things for myself and some close friends. I made some shogun style breathers, sold a set to Charles (cepx111 on here), some mounts for Shogun style alternators, which are the same thing used on some Kubota tractors.

I just like the challenge of making something myself instead of buying it. That's why it always takes me longer to get to the track than other people.

Curtis

Hey that works also...i got 100% respect for that...u still one hell of a machinst..with great priorites. :D

bjuice
03-20-2009, 06:00 PM
We just got a VMC 64 and 2 VMC 42's in last year. We have 3 knee mills, a Hawk, 6 old 30's, 2 old 50's, an old 80 and a VMC30. They are still very nice piece's. We have a Hass vf8 and 6 and a horizontal machine that's new. 2 Mazak integrex's and a small lathe. I have been running a small Milltronics lathe for over a month now. That is a nice machine also. Just got a Agie wire edm in on wednesday. If you ever make it to the Houston area, give me a holler and I will give you a tour of the shop. Down at the sheet metal/welding area we also have a couple of water knifes. Man I could go on all day about this place,HAHA.

very impressive...thats what i love about this site.....You just never know who is on the other end....Good Job !

CamBirdRacing
03-20-2009, 06:13 PM
Thanks Bjuice. Did you check out the youtube video I posted earlier?

nofear57
03-20-2009, 06:29 PM
doorracer thats one heck of a nice piece you made!

CamBirdRacing if i shipped you my wifes car can you build a chassis like that for it. It would save me alot of money on parallel parking bills :lol:

curtisreed
03-20-2009, 07:12 PM
We just got a VMC 64 and 2 VMC 42's in last year. We have 3 knee mills, a Hawk, 6 old 30's, 2 old 50's, an old 80 and a VMC30. They are still very nice piece's. We have a Hass vf8 and 6 and a horizontal machine that's new. 2 Mazak integrex's and a small lathe. I have been running a small Milltronics lathe for over a month now. That is a nice machine also. Just got a Agie wire edm in on wednesday. If you ever make it to the Houston area, give me a holler and I will give you a tour of the shop. Down at the sheet metal/welding area we also have a couple of water knifes. Man I could go on all day about this place,HAHA.

Thanks so much for the invite I would love to. If I ever make it that far south I will just have to call you on that one. We are going to San Antonio the first of April but can only stay a few days, (future son-in-law graduating from basic training at Lackland).

Thanks nofear69.

Curtis

Scooterz
03-21-2009, 08:28 AM
Hey Doorracer- nice work. We have many cnc's where I work, but not used for automotive. Every time I see them @ work, I can't help but wonder the possibilities of making parts!! I see them work (cnc) but I have never used one. I am told the molds alone are a fortune themselves. We have a water-jet where I work too... neat machine!! Anyways, nice job! Scooter

curtisreed
03-21-2009, 12:14 PM
Hey Doorracer- nice work. We have many cnc's where I work, but not used for automotive. Every time I see them @ work, I can't help but wonder the possibilities of making parts!! I see them work (cnc) but I have never used one. I am told the molds alone are a fortune themselves. We have a water-jet where I work too... neat machine!! Anyways, nice job! Scooter

Thanks Scooter, we actually make oil testing, sampling and measuring equipment but I can make stuff when I can fit it in. I looked into a water jet for a while and some spinning equipment, wow :shock: :shock: both are expensive but the spinning stuff, well the cheapest I looked at was 400,000.00. Just a bit out of our league.

Curtis

CamBirdRacing
03-23-2009, 04:01 AM
We just got a VMC 64 and 2 VMC 42's in last year. We have 3 knee mills, a Hawk, 6 old 30's, 2 old 50's, an old 80 and a VMC30. They are still very nice piece's. We have a Hass vf8 and 6 and a horizontal machine that's new. 2 Mazak integrex's and a small lathe. I have been running a small Milltronics lathe for over a month now. That is a nice machine also. Just got a Agie wire edm in on wednesday. If you ever make it to the Houston area, give me a holler and I will give you a tour of the shop. Down at the sheet metal/welding area we also have a couple of water knifes. Man I could go on all day about this place,HAHA.

Thanks so much for the invite I would love to. If I ever make it that far south I will just have to call you on that one. We are going to San Antonio the first of April but can only stay a few days, (future son-in-law graduating from basic training at Lackland).

Thanks nofear69.

Curtis


We are only about 4 hours east of S.A. Went there saturday to S.A. Raceway and stunk up the place. At least we got out of town and the wife got to make a few passes on her car since we got it back together.

CamBirdRacing
03-23-2009, 04:03 AM
doorracer thats one heck of a nice piece you made!

CamBirdRacing if i shipped you my wifes car can you build a chassis like that for it. It would save me alot of money on parallel parking bills :lol:


I've been trying to build something that would make all the idiot drivers realize that they are idiot drivers.

hollowayshotrods
03-23-2009, 08:25 PM
Curtis,
Impressive stuff my friend! I wish I had that kind of talent. Hope you and your family are well.

curtisreed
03-27-2009, 10:41 AM
Thanks Rudy, everyone is fine I hope you and yours are the same.

I didn't like the way the alternator was fitting so I remade the mount, (bottom pic). Finally got the motor at least in the car.

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-9/1212408/IM000861.JPG

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-9/1212408/IM000864.JPG


Curtis