A company that is making a fuel cell came to us with CAD designs for several parts that needed fabrication. The company specified that all parts be fabricated from 316 stainless to resist corrosion. Since the parts were designed to fit together as a crucial element of the fuel cell design, the fabrication had to conform to tight tolerances. Hanksville Hot Rods was chosen to assist this company because of our in-house mandrel bending capability, and because of our stainless steel TIG welding and fabrication experience.
The parts required various angles from 2", 2.5", 3" and 4" stainless tube. Many of the required bends were performed in-house at Hanksville, with others being sourced. After carefully reviewing the CAD drawings, we began the project by custom-mandrel-bending the parts and tacking them together to allow final measurement and correction prior to final TIG welding. This project was especially challenging due to the fact that the fuel cell itself was located out of state, requiring us to fabricate all parts based solely on the CAD drawings.
This project required us to custom mandrel-bend and to fabricate 30 complex parts. We were able to meet the customer’s tight timeframes, and the resulting air system parts fit well during the prototype assembly phase.
Custom Engine Stands
High Country Classics gave us the opportunity to fabricate a pair of unique pieces as display stands for their client’s european engines. These stands were fabricated from 1.625" 304 stainless steel which was carefully measured and mandrel-bent, then TIG-welded. After the stands were fabricated, they were sent to the polisher.
We fabricated these nice stainless steel pedestals for our friend Gary, who has been a great supporter of our shop. Made from 2.5" stainless tube TIG-welded to 1/8" and 1/4" top and bottom mounts, these represent a small but representative example of our commercial fabrication and welding capabilities.
Scott at EMI Studios asked us to fabricate these heavy-duty feet for a commercial bookcase he was making. After cutting and TIG-welding the 2"x4" rectangular tube, we finished the feet and had them chrome-plated.