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Old 10-11-2019, 12:41 PM   #1
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Default Powerhouse Bakelite Rings

After having no luck finding a quality back up powerhouse without a broken brushholder, I am researching making/manufacturing of replacement rings for the powerhouse generator. Pricing is going to be partially a function of demand and how many are needed (three-brush and five-brush). I am curious how many fordbarners have been looking for quality bakelite replacement rings. Please note that this is "rings only" and people would need to install the actual metal parts themselves. Let me know via this post if you think there is demand. If i can "prove demand", this becomes more realistic.

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Old 10-11-2019, 01:05 PM   #2
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I think Bratton's is already looking into this.


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Old 10-11-2019, 01:28 PM   #3
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Yes, I am the person who approached Jeff (at Brattons) after doing some of the legwork. I figure he is a good person to work with as I am not a parts retailer or manufacturer. I know he posted to one of the other sites.
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Old 10-11-2019, 01:31 PM   #4
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Couldn't they be made of modern insulating fiber instead of Bakalite?
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Old 10-11-2019, 01:34 PM   #5
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That is one of the questions I have out to a plastics engineer. "What alternative materials that look like the original could work better? Why would it be better? Is there a material that won't be as fragile as the original?"
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Micarta sheet is made on the bakelite formula of phenolic plastic with paper or cotton reinforcement and is still used extensively for circuit boards. A lot of the availability question is about what thickness is required. There are more than a few suppliers of micarta sheet stock. It can be machined or cut if a person has the proper dies and/or equipment.
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Old 10-11-2019, 03:30 PM   #7
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That is one of the questions I have out to a plastics engineer. "What alternative materials that look like the original could work better? Why would it be better? Is there a material that won't be as fragile as the original?"

Seth, draw it up in SolidWorks and have it 3D printed on an as-needed basis. Will last forever. You really just need to pull the print and draw off of that. Then export the file to someone who has a decent quality printer.
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