Originally Posted by Woodsmith
I really like the curved I beam shape of that gear shift bracket.
Are you going to grind and blend in the welds?
You betcha we are; as well as grinding and shaping the actual top and bottom plates!
The top plate will be ever so slightly convex on the upper surface. I haven't made up my mind on the lower plate, as I would like to see what I see with the welds blended a little and the top plate shaped.
As I want to finish Schism in bare materials (metals, carbon fiber, etc), I'm thinking about using lead to finish the last imperfections in the fabricated steel parts (not shaping - filling little pit marks, and deep grinding scratches, etc). I, admittedly, don't know much about it, and haven't done it before. I think it would be an awesome learning experience for the Team though, and would give Schism an extra dose of aesthetic and marketing appeal (as well as pounds - this car is going to be so not
"Todd" in the weight department
). It would be doubly cool to find some old school guy/gal to come teach how how.
Anyone here with experience, advise, words of wisdom, or caution, on old school leading? I'm not married to the idea, but it would solve the problem of how to have the bare metal look I want, with the finish I insist on, (without dozens of spools of MIG wire, and tank after tank of gas). When I've see pictures of guys doing old school leading, after it was finished, you couldn't tell the lead from the steel.