Welcome to my web site. It is mainly devoted to my obsession with making things outof metal. Most people see a nice car and say " I wish I could afford to buy one.." I look at a nice car and think "I can do that!" Above is one of the results. If you want to find out more about my Locost then click here. This area was last updated in july 2001 and is a bit out of date.
a year ago I bought a plasma cutter - This is my
sort of toy! It will cut through 1/4" steel plate like a hot knife
through butter! Plasma cutters work by pumping compressed air through
anelectric arc then out of a tiny nozzle. The result is a stream
gas that is hotter than the surface of the sun and literally blows
thesteel away. The big problem with these machines is that you need a
steady hand or a template to get a straight cut.
What I really needed was a CNC plasma cutter. I could then cut any shape I could draw. After giving my wallet a nervous breakdown by looking at the cost of commercial machines I thought "I can do that.." The end result can be seen here
Now I had
a CNC plasma cutter I needed something to
make with it. I have always been interested in off-roading
and'green laning' and have built a few off road buggies for fun. My
twisted sense of logic decided the answer was obvious - build a
legaloff-roader based on a Land Rover. The FrankenRover project has
..and, er, stopped. For various
reasons I have not had
time to carry on with this project. It will be finished as soon as Iget
some free time.
I have retrofitted a number of machines for various people. A while back a local woodworker asked me if I could build a router for him. Here are the results. The job took far longer and cost a lot more than I expected. I didn't actually lose money on the job but I must have been working for about £2 an hour!
A little while back I noticed an unfinished NCF Torino kit car on eBay. It is based on a Fiat Panda 4x4. It had a reserve of £750 and not surprisingly didn't sell. I went to have a look at the car and offered the seller £400. He was not happy but in the end he accepted. Unfinished projects are not worth a lot and as this kit was designed before the SVA test came into force it needs quite a bit of work to bring it up to spec.
Finally an update! Here are some pics
of a CNC lathe conversion I did some time back.
23/6/12 Added Copelander pages
5/5/11 Added lathe page
24/9/07 Added NCF Torino pages
21/9/05 Added CNC router pages
3/7/03 fixed some broken links
2/7/03 Land rover pages updated and extended