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Old December 1st, 2009, 02:57 PM   #1
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Need a Al source and someone to cut it

Looking to replace Jarheads rear windows with aluminum sheet. I have the math for the windows that can either be put into a CNC cutter or plotted out and then cut. Looking for the most cost effective option here.... Worst case I will just cut it out with a die grinder or something.... just a CNC cutter or alike would be much nicer and smoother cut.
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Old December 1st, 2009, 03:02 PM   #2
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Why not lexan? Then he'd still be able to see.

PM Tab for the CNC cutting.
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Old December 1st, 2009, 03:09 PM   #3
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I could do that for ya. Do you have the aluminum yet?
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Old December 1st, 2009, 03:12 PM   #4
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most cost effective is going to be a template plotted at 1:1 then use a jig saw to cut it out.

How thick are they going to be? Why aluminum?
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Old December 1st, 2009, 04:47 PM   #5
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nope I don't have the AL yet. Thinkin 3/16" would work, I don't know a great source for the material... Tab e-mail me phazer42@gmail.com

I am looking at AL as it won't rust, won't shatter, and he doesn't care to see through it, he covers them in stickers anyhow! I am looking at taking the panels and then using urethane to attach them similar to how the glass is attached.
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Old December 1st, 2009, 05:31 PM   #6
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I think lexan or some other polycarbonate would be the best choice, that way it could deform easily.

It's worth getting a price from alro too just so you have a reference. I paid about $100 for an 1/8" sheet of clear polycarbonate, smoked/tinted was in the $120 range. The last sheet of 1/8" 3003 aluminum was less than $100 OTD. Figure 40-60% more for 3/16" material. When prices were really jacked up I paid $250 for a sheet of 1/8" 3003...
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Old December 6th, 2009, 08:24 AM   #7
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I can laser cut lexan. Hell, I can laser parchment paper too if you are so inclined.

why 3003? too soft. 6061
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Old December 6th, 2009, 09:03 AM   #8
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Glass might be cheaper.
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Old December 6th, 2009, 09:36 PM   #9
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i've considered this option myself, it's a good look. i want my 2 door to come out similar to this one.

i have always envisioned building a 1x1x1/8 wall square tubing frame to fit the window opening behind it though so i can mount my gas filler neck in it like this guy for the offroad racing look.
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Old December 8th, 2009, 02:51 PM   #10
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Glass might be cheaper.
Glass for the truck is like $260 a side. WIth the last one breaking and throwing glass THROUGH a plastic interior panel..... With kids in teh car, the pref is NOT glass...
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Old December 8th, 2009, 02:51 PM   #11
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Glass might be cheaper.
Glass for the truck is like $260 a side. WIth the last one breaking and throwing glass THROUGH a plastic interior panel..... With kids in the truck, the pref is NOT glass...
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