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    Engine bay cladding (foot boxes, bulkhead)

    Just wondering if anyone knows of a third party supplier of metal cladding for the foot boxes & firewall? I am reasonably sure Dave (Brookes) used to supply at least the firewall one, but I'm guessing he's out of that business now that DB has taken off..

    Primarily a firewall one that I'm after as I have the 'big block' modified footboxes anyway, so the cladding for those wouldn't fit without chunks being cut out.

    Which might all mean I need to 'roll my own'...
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    Hi Aaron, can't help with a supplier but if you go diy and haven't seen it, the 'Metal Fabricators Handbook' could be really helpful, by Ron & Sue Fournier. What I've read of the book so far, I think it's a quality publication by an awesome fabricator. Best with your build.

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    Hi Aaron,
    My stainless cladding came from DB.
    It's worth asking Dave as I don't think he's completely stopped Daxing.
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    String - I'll keep an eye out for a copy of that It is a skill I'd love to learn - I keep an eye on the work of a couple of people in the US who build beautiful replica vehicles panel by panel.. I'm not sure I have the patience for that kind of thing, mind!

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    Just buy a sheet of alloy or stainess (there are dif grades of alu some softer than others ) did mine in a brushed stainless and was really easy , just make templates from card first

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    David describes the basic idea though the book is crammed with much advice on fabrication. If I were building another car I'd definitely diy the cladding to save a chunk of cash, as David recommends above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by david hemmings View Post
    Just buy a sheet of alloy or stainess (there are dif grades of alu some softer than others ) did mine in a brushed stainless and was really easy , just make templates from card first
    That'll be the way to go, it seems, as Dave doesn't have any left anyway Now to find a reasonably priced sheet of alu wide enough for the bulkhead, and lots of pieces of card!
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    Quote Originally Posted by aaronjb View Post
    That'll be the way to go, it seems, as Dave doesn't have any left anyway Now to find a reasonably priced sheet of alu wide enough for the bulkhead, and lots of pieces of card!
    https://www.themetalstore.co.uk/prod...luminium-sheet

    I've used these guys a lot recently. Pretty good as you can buy an 8 x 4 sheet and get them to cut all the shapes at least to the right rectangular size for free. Saves quite a bit of work. All turns up very fast and well packed.
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    Ah, thanks Lloyd! I'd been scanning eBay (I think they might have a store there, actually) but not been to their website - the prices look very good (vs eBay), too.
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    Hi Aaron I bought a complete set for my DAX from DB last year I'm guessing from the posts I got lucky if Dave at DB has stopped making them? I still haven't fitted mine so if any use to you I can do a template in paper, let me know.
    Where are you?
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