Replacing carpet for aluminum
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.