Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Beetle Build - Copper Bar Stock

Must be white boy day. I called Weldshop Ron (my metal fabricator) last week and asked if he could get his hands on some copper bar stock. He asked what I was going to make. I said I needed to replace my 1.5" wide x 1/16th" thick x 8" long steel battery bars with copper so they wouldn't rust and would conduct better. I needed eight bars. He said he'd call me on Monday.

After I talked to him, I called a few more places to see about getting pre-made bars. The average cost was $200! That's about $25/bar! (And this is after copper has fallen off of its record high.)

So when Weldshop Ron called me today and said he had ALREADY made the bars (without quoting a price,) I freaked. I thought for sure he was going to tell me it would be about $200. (He gives me a good deal when he can. But copper isn't falling off trees.) I met him after his shift and he handed me these clean, beautiful, perfectly cut bars. Said a friend had extra copper, so he just cut them to spec and I could have them. Have them? Yeah, just have them. I asked Weldshop Ron how long he spent on it. He said about an hour. I said I wanted to pay him for his time. He said I didn't have to do that. I asked if he'd take $30? He said that would be cool. And that was that.

Must be white boy day?
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