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James Grahn
 Post subject: Thorp Spinners
PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2019 12:43 pm 
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I’ve just lost my source for spinners. I’ll keep looking, but for now, I have only one dome left and it is spoken for.
Spinner backplate and front plates are an issue.
BE ADVISED, the spinner guy was making them from T0 material, not the T4 that the plans called for. DO NOT RUN A SPINNER BACKPLATE WITHOUT A FRONT PLATE!! It WILL fail. So far, we have no reports of spinners failing with both plates installed.
Remedy...
I am planning to send a batch out for heat treating. If you have any bulkhead that you bought from me and want it included in this heat treat batch, contact me ASAP.
I’ll give everyone until the end of August, then I’m sending the parts out.
So, to recap, at this time I have no spinner parts available to sell. I will post here when that changes.
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fytrplt
 Post subject: Re: Thorp Spinners
PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2019 1:01 pm 
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Are you able to retrieve the tooling?

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James Grahn
 Post subject: Re: Thorp Spinners
PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2019 2:34 pm 
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Yes. I have access to the tooling.
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DrDrift
 Post subject: Re: Thorp Spinners
PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2019 10:04 pm 
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Cubes,

It's taken me exactly a year to get the spinner on, but I got it on just before Oshkosh and I put 16 hours on it without issue.

Thanks for your help along the way, and I STILL have the first spinner you sent. It boxed and up ready to ship back. Now that I have one spinner on, I won't need this for sure. I'll send it back to you this week, or to a different address if you prefer.

Great apologies for the delay on this. It's been a slow process for me to get the spinner cut and installed.


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James Grahn
 Post subject: Re: Thorp Spinners
PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2019 10:30 pm 
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Just fire it back to the 4315 N. Tioga Way address. Thx.
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James Grahn
 Post subject: Re: Thorp Spinners
PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2019 11:51 pm 
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Ok. It’s been a month. Just want to give one last shout out to anyone who has bought a spinner bulkhead from me. Mainly we are looking at the backplates. If you have one and want it heat treated, contact me ASAP. I’ll be shipping the parts out very soon for heat treat. You don’t want to do this on your own...it’s several hundred dollars to fire up an oven.
Also, I secured a new spinner company. It will take me a few weeks to get all of the tooling down to them, but we should be up and running soon.
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Ryan Allen
 Post subject: Re: Thorp Spinners
PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:57 pm 
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that's great news. As a buyer of your parts, I really appreciate the fact that I can just order what I need.....and they show up "install ready." It makes the build more enjoyable and manageable for me.


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James Grahn
 Post subject: Re: Thorp Spinners
PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2019 7:01 pm 
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Thanks for the kind words Ryan. I appreciate it very much.
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