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    Thermostat housing backing plate

    I know many of you, like me, have a thermostat housing that seems to warp and leak just by looking at the damn thing. So I got on the horn with Charles over at MP and asked what he thought about making a plate that can be welded onto the housing to stiffen it up. He doesn't have a price yet, but I wanted to get some feelers out to gauge interest in a product like this.

    Let me know what you guys think and who's in.

    People who have shown interest so far -

    Pablo94sc
    rzimmerl
    Jeff Bratton
    RedCoupe92
    oSCar3.8
    Surgin (1 or 2)
    seawalkersee
    90MN12
    95 XR7
    nliberto@powder
    Pat
    Victor (5)
    TSC89
    Tony8470
    XR7 Dave (5)
    Sampo
    Duffy Floyd (3)
    Kurt K
    90blkbrd
    Regul8r (2)
    Bowez
    Akurei14
    nmcbchief
    96SCbird

    We've reached 35 units guys!!

    Let's keep adding to this list! The more we make, the more likely we'll get them cheaper or have more made in the future!

    PS: Charles would need a housing as a template, so if you have an extra one that can be used as a template, let us know!
    Last edited by Pablo94SC; 06-13-2010 at 11:18 PM. Reason: Updating list

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    I probably have 1 or 2 spares lying around. I'll look around tonite for them.
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    Sounds like a nice idea... I'd be interested it one!

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    I would be worried about it warping with the heat of welding.

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    Ryan,

    Thanks! Hopefully this will get enough support so we can get these made.

    Quote Originally Posted by trav91sc View Post
    I would be worried about it warping with the heat of welding.
    I don't see that being a problem if the person doing the welding isn't a complete noob. Exhaust pipes are a lot thinner than 1/4" steel too. Besides, Ricardo had one made and it's working well.

    Charles said he needs about 30 people involved to make this work, so come on folks. You know you need one!

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    Thumbs up t-stat

    You can put me down for at least one housing.
    Last edited by RedCoupe92; 04-17-2010 at 08:38 PM.

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    we definitely need more people interested in this. Come on guys, you know you want one of these to put on your housing for the next time you change your thermostat.

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    interested

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    I would get one, maybe two.

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    Got a pic of what Rico has? I would be in for one if the price was right.

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    Chances are whoever you are going to get to weld the plate without warping or creating a pinhole leak will be able to make the plate for you as well. Exhaust welds leak all the time. Maybe you can get charles to do an exchange type of setup.
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    If it was that easy or that cheap, i would already have had one made. All the machine shops I spoke quoted a starting price of around $150 for a one off piece like this, if they even had time to make it. Most of that cost is in creating a program for the mill. That's why I contacted Charles about a group buy. New housings aren't available, and even if they were they would still be prone to warping due to the thin metal used. This should readily solve the problem. As for leaking, a welder with any skill shouldn't have a problem.

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    ............

    Prolly in. Any pics or guesstimated price?
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    i've been without internet for the part few days, but I spoke with Charles and he's saying the part would be about $20 if we had 30 people involved. I'd say with fudge factor, the most it would be is about $30.

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