We recently met with Andy Robinson whose racing team fabricate and build racing, off-road/rally, touring and hot rod cars from scratch, using a wide array of metal machines to do so. Here we talk you through some of the machines he uses during fabrication, focusing on piping and welding work to produce role cages, chassis and other work.
Andy is by trade a design engineer, starting his career serving as an apprentice with Detris and JA Clayton. He went on to then serve in the defence sector, managing system controls at Markoni. Not long into entering the industry a colleague spotted him, inviting him to attend a local circuit race. Andy loved it, the track becoming an immediate passion, and a part-time hobby, with Andy spending much of his spare time thereafter building cars and racing them.
Andy carried his love of racing throughout all of his career, second only to his first love, Kate. Following the end of the cold war, and a lack of requirement by our nation’s defence contract companies, Andy made the hobby a full-time venture. Over 28 years later, Andy now a strong team of 8 in his workshop, including his son Luke.
When building car chassis’ s, and building role cages, both of which require piping and welding work to produce, Andy needs to notch the piping using a belt grinding machine. Knowing of FEIN, having used one of our well-known multi-tools for DIY work (MultiMaster), he investigated and found we are also a metal specialist, with a large range of metal working machines. Thankfully for us, Andy demoed the machine, liked the quality and respected the pricing, and so it was that we visited to check out an already installed, FEIN GX 75, with accompanying units.
We observed on the day the pipes being measured and notched using the system, which is often done in one sitting, with (insert name) then delivering (insert type of welding) to join up the parts into one frame. The project (insert name) is working on is the suspension of a (insert name of car), with a tour of the workshop showing a further 6 vehicles at varying stages. The workshop is a dirty shop with various angle grinding and polishing work occurring to cut away debris, and polish the car body, and we witnessed a double valve V8 engine which had also been made from scratch in the workshop.
Andy says “Aside from various fibre-glass and corban body work, usually sourced from Canada, and a local partnership with a CNC shop, we can build a racing car from scratch. We have worked on some incredible projects, such as replicating a McClaren, valued at £2.5M or a Shelby Daytona, valued at $12M.
We use a wide range of metal tools to deliver our projects, but I am really pleased to have the FEIN belt grinder in the collection. We had some logistical issues trying to secure it from our local dealer, which FEIN fixed, but once it was on-site the guys have been able to deliver the notching work they need, the grit settings delivering the kind of results we need. For a premium product the pricing was very mid-level compared to the quality, and some of the prices on alternatives in the market, so well pleased.
To find out more about the GRIT GX 75 system, or the rest of the GRIT range developed and offered by FEIN, check out the following link Belt Grinders