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    I got the heater and bracket installed this weekend but unfortunately I had bought the wrong size 90 deg bends so I could not finish the plumbing (correct ones now orded)

    Since I have moved the battery into the car I wanted to mount it in a battery box, but looking on the Web all I could find was large bulky ones designed for leisure battery's or expensive ones for motor sport so I had to make my own. I made a box from melamine as the mold



    once the mold was removed I had this



    I made the lid using the same construction but cut one of my side pieces a bit short so I used the Caddies tip of a bit of Plasticine



    It worked a treat. A bit of paint and job was good. I could have spent a few more hours getting a perfect finish but it will not be seen and it will do the job.





    I also mounted the catch the wrong way round but it works.

    Dirk

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    In my mind, the only "wrong way" is the way that "doesn't work"

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    A nice neat package Dirk.

    The ones I have looked at before on the net have always looked too big & bulky.

    What did you treat the melamine with to prevent the resin sticking to it or is it naturally repellent?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bushboy View Post

    What did you treat the melamine with to prevent the resin sticking to it or is it naturally repellent?

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    Nothing I just put some releasing tape on the cut joints, resin does not stick to melamine so you just unscrew the mold and job done.

    Dirk

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirk View Post
    I got the heater and bracket installed this weekend but unfortunately I had bought the wrong size 90 deg bends so I could not finish the plumbing (correct ones now orded)
    err.....Ordered ?........3D printing ...LOL

    Always nice to see custom parts being made and documented, nice update
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    Instead of building a custom box, why not just purchase a NEMA enclosure of the right size?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sector View Post
    Instead of building a custom box, why not just purchase a NEMA enclosure of the right size?

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    Because he can?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sector View Post
    Instead of building a custom box, why not just purchase a NEMA enclosure of the right size?

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    I hadn't looked into them so I had a quick look tonight what I would have needed was 300mm x 200mm x 200mm. they all seem to be measured in imperial so 12" x 8" x 8" the closest that I could find that meet all 3 dimensions was 18" x 16" x 8" that would not have fitted in the space I had, plus it is more expensive than the motor sport boxes. As it was because I had all of the bits the only thing I had to buy was the hinges and they cost less than £1 at screw fix the box is a perfect size and I had fun doing it.

    Dirk

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    My correct size 90 deg hose joiners arrived today so I managed to finish the plumbing tonight, I ran out of time so haven't filled it back up yet, so other than that the only job left to do on the heating side is the plenum box to direct the air and as I type the main section is being printed



    Dirk

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