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Old 04-19-2012, 11:04 AM
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What projects have you done for under $100.00?

Just as the title says.

What fabrication projects have you done that cost you less than $100.00?

I am talking about something that you fabricated that was pretty cool with scrap and odds and ends laying around. Something that normally would be much more, but due to your ingenuity end up costing you much less to fabricate.

edit ... example; made a go-cart from a fence and a lawnmower you had laying around or a bird bath from the trunk of a '72 Gremlin.

edit (again) ... These projects are not referring to what they were worth or what you may or may not have sold them for.
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Old 04-19-2012, 12:26 PM
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Just as the title says.

What fabrication projects have you done for under $100.00?

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Are you looking for the job or are you as in this part costs $100 or are you asking for the ones we all give away to hopefully get you the paying job.
Then there is the work I do because I love the work and I can teach or just give to someone that just needs a helping hand.

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Old 04-19-2012, 02:48 PM
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I made a dead-pedal for a guys sand rail for 40$. Basically a piece of 1/8th plate broken at an angle so one side could be bolted to the floor and a little 7/8th tube strut to brace it against it self. It was pretty cool for a walk in job that I spent at least an hour on but the customer seemed to think 40 bucks was too much or something. Oh well
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Old 04-19-2012, 03:23 PM
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I've got lots of projects that have cost me less than $100 in material. If you added labor it knocks that down to only a few.

Less than $100 in material and labor:


I've made lots of various fittings or welded in an odd part here or there for under $100.
Fittings for putting a soft hose on a diversion 165/180 tig.

I make these battery quick disconect switches with piston knobs for less than $100.


Parts that I've made for myself that cost me less than $100 in material: (of course it takes thousands in machinery to make this stuff)


Sheetmetal valve covers and oil pan.


I make lots of these throttle body elbows.

Some lightweight bumper supports.

I've made lots of header flanges for under $100 in material.
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Old 04-19-2012, 04:27 PM
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Are you looking for the job or are you as in this part costs $100 or are you asking for the ones we all give away to hopefully get you the paying job.
Then there is the work I do because I love the work and I can teach or just give to someone that just needs a helping hand.

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I talking about something that you fabricated that was pretty cool with scrap and odds and ends laying around. Something that normally would be much more, but due to your ingenuity costs much less to fabricate.
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Old 04-19-2012, 06:58 PM
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One of many over the years because I enjoy the karma.

I did some sub-frame connectors on a Camarabird because the kid offered to help.
We spend maybe an afternoon and he got dirty, I charged him a 20-spot for the materials and another 10'r for my time. I figure it cost me a full days shop rate, and when he came back with his dad who offered to pay the full ticket; I enjoyed the look on Dad's face when I turned him down, the kid and I had made the deal. and a deal is a deal
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Old 04-23-2012, 03:30 AM
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OK, so it's not done yet but here is my less than $100 project using some scrap - a dedicated dimple die press for a 20 Ton bottle jack.


I know it doesn't look like it will hold up to the task yet but I have a couple of tricks up my sleeve.

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Old 04-23-2012, 04:13 AM
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Seriously? Under a $100.00.... I charge $75.00 just to lite off the tig torch I've made this for myself this weekend out of scrap materials but I think Id have to sell it for a bit more than $100.00. A rear roll pan for the Model A Coupe.








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Old 04-23-2012, 08:09 AM
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I am talking about projects that cost you less than $100.00. Not the value of the project or what you would sell it for.
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Flywheel holder I cobbled together using remnants. I used a cutoff wheel to make the teeth but if you had an old flywheel or starter laying around you could use the teeth from that.





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Old 04-23-2012, 02:04 PM
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Ok gotch ya... not sure how cool it is but I have been making tools to slide into the square hole of my anvil. Super handy and I use them all just about every day.







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Flywheel holder I cobbled together using remnants. I used a cutoff wheel to make the teeth but if you had an old flywheel or starter laying around you could use the teeth from that.





that's a cool idea. thanks for sharing.
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Old 04-28-2012, 03:30 AM
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It all depends on how you define scrap.

things bought years ago and just never used.

drops from projects customers paid for.

Left over consumables also billed to jobs .

Then again if you figure my labor at normal shop rate very few things would come in less than $100.00

But my new tool box table was put together with left overs for the most
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Old 04-29-2012, 11:49 PM
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The majority of things I've made have been assorted tools. This pictures shows a few of the tools; a inner tierod tool, flywheel puller, press tooling for bushings, work piece holder out of a random flange, and combination spanner wrench, pinion flange holder and battle axe.
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Old 05-08-2012, 08:59 PM
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I put together a front strut brace for my Merkur Scorpio. I think I have about $40 in it, including what it cost to have someone cut out my drawing on their CNC plasma table (I designed and drew the pieces in CAD, which minimized costs.)

Just a garage hobbyist here, so don't be too harsh.










After paint:



I hung a couple tabs off it for my paint gun regulator boost controller and my catch can.

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Old 05-09-2012, 01:30 AM
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Air tool rack I added to my cart.

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Old 05-09-2012, 02:29 AM
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My turbo manifold has been made from scrap pieces left over from other jobs, the only thing I had to buy was a couple schedule 40 90* elbows. I think the entire thing costs me less than $60 including the grinder disks and power. Time into it was stupidly long though since I was still driving my truck when I was building this, so almost everything was set up by eye and an old manifold I borrowed from a friend. Turned out exaclty how I wanted it.

Other than that, I have a couple work benches and tables I've built from scrap but I have no pics of them right now.
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Old 05-09-2012, 12:13 PM
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Old 05-28-2012, 10:46 PM
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hay mover

I recently scored 6 round hay bales and needed a way to get them off the trailer and into storage, without a tractor...

I normally only have one bale at a time and I just use the crane on my service truck to pick them off the trailer and then drive into the pen and unload. It works great but is really time consuming and is kind of a pain. I have axle and other stuff to build a tumble bug but I don't think I really need one so I figured I'd just build something to plug in the reciever hitch and use a come along or porta power to to do the lifting. I started googling and found a perfect example and I even had the cylinder on hand to do it.

The cylinder came off my bender which is sort of a pain so I'm gonna have to get another one or go hydraulic since I have the stuff for that now too.
Either way heres some pix. All scrap from the bin, I think these sold for $595
mine's essentialy free.
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I've got lots of projects that have cost me less than $100 in material. If you added labor it knocks that down to only a few.

Less than $100 in material and labor:


I've made lots of various fittings or welded in an odd part here or there for under $100.
Fittings for putting a soft hose on a diversion 165/180 tig.

I make these battery quick disconect switches with piston knobs for less than $100.


Parts that I've made for myself that cost me less than $100 in material: (of course it takes thousands in machinery to make this stuff)


Sheetmetal valve covers and oil pan.


I make lots of these throttle body elbows.

Some lightweight bumper supports.

I've made lots of header flanges for under $100 in material.
could you send me more info and prices on the master cutoff switches and the throttle body elbows
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