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PostPosted: April 19, 2017, 8:15 pm 
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Location: BC, Canada. eh?
From what I can see, there are two Metal Supermarket locations in Edmonton, and one in Calgary. Their SKU number for the stuff is AC6063/343418 - here's a link to the page: https://www.metalsupermarkets.com/metal ... 3-channel/ The stuff I got is the 4th one down on that page.

They do offer shipping (you need to put in your postal code to do that - just click on the shopping cart/globe icon, and it will take you to their shipping calculator page. It might be worth checking that out, vs. the cost of driving to Calgary...

What I DO like about MS is the quality of their stock. It's always stored indoors, is always clean & straight, and so far it's always been precisely what I needed. It may be pricey, but sometimes it's best to just bite the bullet & get what you need the first time.

BTW, even though I bought a 10' stick of the channel, the price wasn't nearly as bad as I'd feared. I did need almost all of the 10' piece, and only have 1' - 1.5' left over. I gouged mine up some in the bending process, so had to file, sand, and polish it up. It looks amazing, now...a little shinier than I'd wanted, but not quite a mirror finish (close, though!).

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PostPosted: April 20, 2017, 9:54 am 
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Thanks a lot for the link. I had a look at their website and the price isn't horrible. For two 6 foot lengths (one for the top and one for the bottom of the windshield) it comes out to $34 CAD plus $16 for shipping, compared to $7 per 4 foot length at Cambodian Tire. I'm overdue for another visit to family in Calgary anyway, so if I don't find something locally I'll just plan to make a trip on one of the coming weekends. Looks like they're open saturdays, excellent!

Perhaps while I'm waiting to get the frame material I'll get started on the hood. I'm planning to do a piano hinge down the middle (like one of Perry's builds) to allow opening just one side or the other for things like checking oil.


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PostPosted: April 20, 2017, 10:45 am 
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I'm with you on the piano hinge hood - that's my plan as well. I've seen guys take their one-piece hoods off & place it on the ground at car meets, etc., and all it would take is for one gawking passerby to stumble and sit on it to cause a disaster. Or, if you want to check your oil at a gas station, for example. I think the hinge down the middle will also give the hood considerable rigidity, with essentially no weight penalty.

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PostPosted: November 26, 2017, 2:25 pm 
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So I did get my windshield frame and supports more or less made, although not much else to report in terms of car progress this summer. I decided to try some thinner wall alu for the frame that I found locally, and it turned out OK, but not great. I lined the inside of the frame with a stick on rubbery foam that's used for door insulation, and it fills in the gap between the frame and glass very well. In fact, it was a bear getting the glass back into the frame - it required lubing up the glass with soapy water and a lot of working it in a bit at a time. The supports are cut/shaped from 1/4" 6061, which is a bit thicker than most but I thought I would want these to be fairly strong. I might add some small handles to them for getting in and out of the car.

I other news, the reasons behind the lack of car progress during the summer include a big career change. I was away on an army leadership course for a month, and while I was gone I finally got an offer for a transfer to the air force that I applied for over three years ago. This means I'm ditching my full time engineering job and part time army reserve work, and am now a regular force RCAF pilot awaiting training. I'm looking forward to actually staring my flying courses, probably in the spring.

On a lower note, we had a big windstorm roll through southern alberta, and my plane ripped free of its tie downs and flipped over in the wind. It's a write off. So if anybody needs any classic C172 parts, let me know! The good news was that it was insured, and I'm now in the market for another aircraft. My short list is now a Bushby Mustang 2, or a Thorp T-18.


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Wow, lots of life changes for sure! Best of luck with your new career! :cheers:

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