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Do any M3F'rs do any welding/machining on the side?

I've got the materials and an idea to make a modification to my Umnitza intake (http://www.mazda3forums.com/index.ph...5237#msg605237), but I'm sadly lacking in both the tools and know-how to execute what i want to do--basically a small amount of aluminum machining and welding.

I know I can probably track down a shop locally to do it for me, but I figure it's worth at least asking if anyone here is up for a little project. If you're interested, let me know, and I can give you the details.

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Ooooh, something to use my fancy new welder on?

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Fo sho!* As long as you're willing to work cheap, that is... lol

After the cost of shipping the parts over and back, I probably wouldn't be able to offer you too much for your time... but it should be pretty simple work for anyone who has a bit of experience.


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I'll give you guys one or two more chances to be my hero!


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If you could provide some drawings and measurements, I could hook you up. I'm having a hard time visualizing what you want though, because I don't have the intake, and can't exactly see what I'm working with, if you follow me.

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one time this redneck back when i was in HS made a gattling gun in welding class. It was pretty fucking sweet, it was true to scale!


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ima CAD technician. I can draw blue prints for stuff to be machined...lol

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[quote author=smokinAMD link=topic=41689.msg615610#msg615610 date=1142223998]
If you could provide some drawings and measurements, I could hook you up.* I'm having a hard time visualizing what you want though, because I don't have the intake, and can't exactly see what I'm working with, if you follow me.
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I can put up some pics or something this afternoon.... but here's the gist: I have a piece of 1/8" scrap aluminum sheet (6"x6&quot and a 12" x 2.75"OD aluminum tube. I just need a hole cut in the center of the sheet, and the aluminum tube welded perpendicularly through the hole, and cut so that about 1/2" sticks out on one side, and 2" sticks out on the other side. If you wanted to get fancy, you could cut the sheet to match the piece it's replacing, and drill the mounting holes... but that's only if you wanted to, because I could probably handle that part myself.

Hope that helps a little... but I'll put up some pics and a drawing later on today.


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the 2 of you could make a killing selling these.

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[quote author=blam link=topic=41689.msg616263#msg616263 date=1142277391]
the 2 of you could make a killing selling these.
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If it improves the intake performance... or if it even works!* *lol*

Seriously though, the part I want to modify is only a couple inches upstream of the MAF.* It may very well be that Simota made these things the way they did because that's the only way they could get it to work.* (as I recall, the v2 of these intakes used a larger diameter inlet pipe with a velocity stack... and they were throwing CELs like crazy)* That would suck, because the design is fundamentally flawed. But hey, I'm willing to toss a few bucks at the problem and see if I can't at least patch up the glaring flaw I see with the intake.


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