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nice to meet the AACA crowd. 

 

i have been restoring cars my whole life - still have a 1940 ford from when I was 13 ! as a side thing for fun I make parts for antique cars and motorcycles - mostly pre WWII.  We have a great  investment casting foundry we work with but they are in the middle of a huge job and cant take any jobs right now.

I have frame lugs and front fork casting wax patterns that need to be cast. I laser scan originals make molds and inject wax

We are looking for a foundry to investment cast steel and bronze in small quantities.  The foundry we have worked with recently cannot take any more jobs until March of 2021 . Typically these are small batches from 2 to 30 parts.

 

We will provide the wax patterns, The alloys are not important – most parts we do were originally sand cast in ductile iron, but for short runs it is too expensive to create master patterns and core molds.

 

We currently have front fork wax patterns for pre 1910 Indian motorcycles ready for casting in steel with a 2% oversize for shrinkage. We have 12 pieces that we want to cast to check for shrinkage and sizing and then another run of approximately 24 pieces once the first set is checked to match up to original specifications.

 

We recreate parts for antique cars and motorcycles and our typical process is :

 

  • Laser scan original parts
  • 3D model the parts or go directly from scan to pattern
  • Decide if the part will be investment cast or sand cast
  • If investment cast – we make molds and make injected wax patterns OR directly 3D print the burnout pattern
  • Send the patterns directly to the foundry
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If anyone has a foundry that they work with that is willing to do short runs in steel and the pricing is reasonable please let me know

 

Thanks All

 

some recent projects

 

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There are many small “art” foundry’s try looking them up.......they specialize in small runs and difficult to cast items.

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For small parts I use Lee Rock Foundry in Ontario CA, I have mainly done small Bronze parts and I have had great service and results. https://castmetalparts.com/

 

For bigger aluminum parts I use Buddy Bar Casting in South Gate CA. I gave some patterns for some heads this Monday and was thinking maybe a few weeks, they called me on Wednesday and said do you want to pick them up or have them shipped. It was a small run for a pair of heads.  https://buddybarcasting.com/

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American Arrow (Don Sommer) used to do investment casting.  They did a couple of small jobs for me using a printed wax that I supplied.  In my case they just added it to other work they were doing and it took a while to get the part turned around but I was not in a rush.  

Alan 

 

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15 hours ago, Reicholzheimer said:

Try the Buck Company Foundry in Quarryville Pa mostly cast iron,  Cattail Foundry in Intercourse Pa does Brass and Cast Iron they are Amish also Quality Alum in Denver Pa might help.   Central Pa has many Foundries and some one should be able to help with info.

Buck is a large scale company that may be able to help. A google search should turn them up. I have used an Amish guy in SoLanco. as well for an architectural job. They did a fantastic job. I would have to research my records to find whom it was though. I live in the area and have a good friend that lives right in the middle of 'Amish country', I could ask him if need be. If so, send me a pm or email:

morgandane@zoominternet.net

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