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Old 22-10-2014   #1
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Lathe Machining - What Could I Machine For My Car Next?

Hi All,

I'm currently on a Practical Engineering Apprenticeship with Rolls-Royce (Aerospace Division) and we are practicing Lathe skills. We have been able to think of our own small custom jobs made out of either Aluminium, Steel, Brass or Nylon. I chose to make a replacement aerial for my car which I am really happy with as it also works, a bit.

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But my question is this, other than dust caps, as the aluminium/steel will corrode and seize to my valves, what else could I make?! I've been racking my brain as I have 6 hours to complete a small custom job tomorrow and I need some ideas ASAP. Anything interior or exterior, aesthetic or functional. Just something, anything!

Thank, Olly.
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Re: Lathe Machining - What Could I Machine For My Car Next?

Gear knob?

Handbrake release handle and button?

Heater control knobs?
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Re: Lathe Machining - What Could I Machine For My Car Next?

Quote Originally Posted by Ransoman View Post
Gear knob?

Handbrake release handle and button?

Heater control knobs?
You read my mind Aluminium heater control would be boss!
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Re: Lathe Machining - What Could I Machine For My Car Next?

-What about brass valve covers? would they corrode? then maybe stainless.
-Brass/stainless oil cap.
-alloy center caps.
-as it's been said: gear knob with lift ring.. but i don't think you would appreciate the cold feeling in the morning..
I know this is not really for this car .. but: bush puller/extractor kit with different sizes.
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