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    Suzuki 1.0-liter ignition

    You might look into this solution that is marketed to tractor owners with obsolete engines. The Ford module apparently has built in advance. To start the engine you crank it with the ignition off so it can build some inertia, then flip the ignition on...
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    aeromomentum suzuki based engine

    I have personally met the folks from Megasquirt. Very experienced electronics engineers who retired from Motorola... They built a small production run of peak and hold injector driver boards for me at a very competitive price and lead time. So consider the fact that it is entirely possible...
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    Buying bulk fiberglass cloth and epoxy ? Any tips on cheapest suppliers ?

    https://compositeenvisions.com/prepreg-any-fabric/
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    Buying bulk fiberglass cloth and epoxy ? Any tips on cheapest suppliers ?

    The link provided by Boku for Composite Envisions https://compositeenvisions.com/2-1-two-part-thin-epoxy-resin-system-kit-size-1-5-gallons/ has a 2:1 ratio epoxy resin (slow) for $74 (1.5 gal yield) with UPS shipping adding another $15 which seems a really good deal. There does not seem to be...
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    Buying bulk fiberglass cloth and epoxy ? Any tips on cheapest suppliers ?

    Just to make a few comparisons, based on feedback on this thread, and thank you to everyone who did contribute: Thayercraft: 20 yards 7781 50" 497A Silane $107.81 (free shipping) $5.39/yd 136 yards 7781 50" 550 Silane/Volan $395.50 (free shipping) $2.91/yd...
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    Buying bulk fiberglass cloth and epoxy ? Any tips on cheapest suppliers ?

    Looks like West system / Pro set was set up in Bay city, near Flint, an area generally devastated by offshoring of the US Auto industry. Distributors are large scale wholesale only. All the marine suppliers are at least as expensive as Spruce and Wicks
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    Buying bulk fiberglass cloth and epoxy ? Any tips on cheapest suppliers ?

    Looks interesting but I'm not sure I have the patience for making a tiny frame boat like that.
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    Buying bulk fiberglass cloth and epoxy ? Any tips on cheapest suppliers ?

    I see USComposites.com has 1.5 gal epoxy kits for $74. No hazmat fee. They call it their 635 thin epoxy system.
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    Buying bulk fiberglass cloth and epoxy ? Any tips on cheapest suppliers ?

    My initial project is a lightweight kayak for my wife. She has an 18' sea kayak but she cant lift it by herself which really impacts how much it is used. So I need to make her something less than 25lb.
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    Buying bulk fiberglass cloth and epoxy ? Any tips on cheapest suppliers ?

    Boku, on the 7781 Thayercraft are half the price of the folks in WA. I doubt anyone is going to beat the prices on the knitted fabrics though. Its a long way from WA though, ground shipping can take a week and a half and Fedex has no depot near where I live so if a package has to be signed for...
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    Buying bulk fiberglass cloth and epoxy ? Any tips on cheapest suppliers ?

    Kent, that is an excellent link for cloth, thanks. Free shipping !!! It used to be that any resin was substantially cheaper than epoxy resin, but nowadays it seems the differences in price are no longer that significant. If one steps down from epoxy resin, Vinyl Ester is supposed to have...
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    Buying bulk fiberglass cloth and epoxy ? Any tips on cheapest suppliers ?

    So I'm located in Michigan. We don't seem to have any serious composite suppliers in the state that I am aware of or perhaps they don't advertise.... I would like to buy a roll of 7781 (satin weave bid) and a roll of UNI, something in the 50-125 yard per roll range. I would also like to get...
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    Read first, Composites FAQ

    Could anyone advise which is the least expensive supplier for bulk rolls of 7781 bid and Uni fabric in the US ? There seem to be huge differences in price. Also who sells the least expensive aerospace grade epoxy resin ? Many suppliers now asking $130+ per gallon for epoxy ???
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    Engine conundrum for Hummelbird

    It doesn't seem cheap to build a 1/2VW anymore. Hummel Engines want $4-5k for a hand propped engine and add another $750 if you want Nikasil cylinders.. Great Plains is a similar deal, $4k for a 1/2 VW kit engine. By comparison, double the price of the engine kits and half the price of...
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    Engine conundrum for Hummelbird

    Sell everything and get an HKS 700 ? Can run a bigger prop, true 1000hr tbo etc
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