Aluminum Floors - LotusTalk - The Lotus Cars Community
 4Likes
  • 4 Post By ericthered
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-14-2019, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2018
Posts: 39
Aluminum Floors

Hey All,
Tried my hands on a new project this weekend. Thought I would share the progress.

Been looking for a different type of floor covering for the Exige, but didn't want to go the direction of rubber or carpet. Truth be told I'm kinda in love with the Williams Singer Porsche, but it's going to take me an entire lifetime to fill the wallet with the cash needed to have that.
So I thought I would take some elements I liked and start playing with some ideas.

I really loved the die cut and dimple died look of the interior and floors, so I bought some tools and tried to have a go. Below are the steps sop far. This will be an evolving project, and I'm going to make a bunch of different versions to test and play with. Maybe in the future I may also just make these on the side for people, who knows. Throw me your thoughts and suggestions.


First step was to make the pattern, pretty simple just made out of cardboard and then transferred to .50 Aluminum. Bought the materials local from Bayshore Metals in SF. Cut out the metal with a cheap old bandsaw with a metal blade, and then a belt sander.

Next was the layout for the Dimple Die holes. Bought the dimple dies from Eastwoods, and they have held up well. Normally this would be easier for a press, but I like the bolt/cut options that are manual because it allows me to get into tight spaces.

For the edge of the panel I bead rolled it so it allows the floor to lay flat on the main floor. When you dimple the holed it need about .25 depth below the panel. Then I drilled the holes for the mounting points and added a small amount of (dime side) dab of sound deadening at the front area to keep the panel flat and vibration free.

On to the next one....
Attached Images
         
ericthered is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-14-2019, 12:11 PM
Registered User
 
David Craig's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Toronto
Posts: 2,955
I love it! Twelve cup holders too.

2009 Saffron Elise
1986 Toyota Tercel - RIP Oct 20/2012

Last edited by David Craig; 05-14-2019 at 12:11 PM. Reason: spelling
David Craig is offline  
post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-14-2019, 12:42 PM
Registered User
 
Robocop305's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Miami, Florida
Posts: 598
Love it
Robocop305 is offline  
 
post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-15-2019, 03:20 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2018
Posts: 39
Here ar ether floors in black anodized. Thought I would try something else to see how I like it.
Also added more dimple dies to the passenger side, going to go back to the drivers and add more also to match.

Think I will also play with some other designs, and use my bead roller to play with shapes. If anyone has some ideas let me know. I'll play with them and see how it looks.
Attached Images
         
ericthered is offline  
post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-19-2019, 08:30 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 10
These look great!
TheAnesthetist is offline  
post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-19-2019, 10:21 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Duxbury, MA
Posts: 667
I also like how they look, esp the right side with more holes; and more holes == added lightness.

I worry a little that they may be too slippery, though the holes should help in that regard. Have you considered treating the surface to somehow give it a bit of a brushed or lightly roughened finish? Maybe an aggressive sand blast or shot peen before it's anodized?

-Ed

-Ed
'08 Arctic Silver Exige S240
AustinP is offline  
post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-20-2019, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2018
Posts: 39
Glad you guys are liking them.

I need to keep going on them it's a good idea and concepts, just have not found the shape and hole pattern yet that I think is best. After I get the shape right and the details I will try a few different finishes. Right now the black is a little to computer case for me. Really trying to get a Singer Porsche kinda detail and finish.

Next up I'm going to play with different holes sizes and dimple die patterns. Just bought a reverse dimple die that cuts the hole, and bead flanges it like the Singer floors. Also considering a changeable pattern that screws into the main floor.

Will have some photos up in a week or so, right now I'm trying to finish some work on my 550.

Thanks All!
ericthered is offline  
post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-20-2019, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2018
Posts: 39
Attached is the Singer floor, and then another I think is interesting with recessed bead rolled area.

Maybe I need to make them less flat lay in and give them a slight kick up angle??
Attached Images
   
ericthered is offline  
post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-20-2019, 07:01 PM
Registered User
 
XHILR8N!'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: 2 laps down
Posts: 6,864
Garage
Novel. I like it.

Anyone can make something complicated. It takes genius to make it simple. Einstein.
2011 Evora S Racing Heritage Edition (#3 of 4) (Now with alexsharkeyross)
2005 Elise LRG, track prepped ,
1974 Lotus Europa Special 3841R in JPS livery
2007 Toyota Tundra (about 10 cup holders), traded for 2015 Tundra TRD PRO
2007 Audi S4 DTM (RIP) 1980 Rover SD1 (new home) 2015 Honda Civic Si
2016 370Z Nismo
2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed 2019 Lexus LC500
XHILR8N! is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  LotusTalk - The Lotus Cars Community > Lotus Discussions > Lotus Exige

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the LotusTalk - The Lotus Cars Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Aluminum frame damage? frukio Maintenance and Repairs. 30 05-30-2011 05:18 PM
Wet Floors Thello Lotus Evora 8 08-13-2010 06:14 PM
Crashworthiness of Aluminum Structured Cars Tech_KO Lotus Elise 15 09-05-2004 02:07 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome