How to Make Your Vehicles Stronger and Lighter
When you work on customizing cars for a living, there are going to be a lot of concerns, with each one taking precedence at one point or another in the process. To start with, you're going to want to eliminate everything unnecessary to your design. For another, you're going to want everything to be as strong as possible because vehicles get used hardcore. As well, you need to be sure that your pricing on your materials is reasonable for their purposes.
Labor is a definite factor in your shop's overhead, so you want to be reasonable with your material acquisition. But then, instead of trying to go cheap, be sure you're getting a fair deal on high-quality merchandise. After all, if something ends up going wrong with a vehicle you've worked on, it's going to be your backside on the fire. Taking a little extra time at the outset can save you a lot of trouble down the road.
Extra Strength Without as Much Weight
It's a well-known fact that often, solid materials across larger lengths end up actually being weaker than pipes. When you work with a pipe, you come to learn that it's exceptionally strong for the amount of material you actually use. The fact that a pipe will generally end up using less material and thus, being lighter than would a more solid piece of material can end up being a boon in almost any build project.
The fact is most people who have cars and trucks customized aren't overly concerned with fuel economy. They have disposable income, and their vehicle is a status symbol that they are happy to feed. Of course, this status symbol may not be their only one, and having more of that disposable income not being in the gas tank can end up resulting in more future business for you.
Resistance to the Elements
Most kinds of steel contain a fairly sizable amount of carbon, and this carbon tends to allow rust to settle in rather quickly. Since almost every kind of vehicle in the world is built to be outside in the elements, including every form of precipitation, this can become a problem very quickly. Of course, there are solutions you can use, such as powder coating, but these will add to the complexity of your work.
As well, there are times when you need the look of the metal itself to make the work look right. In these situations, you also want to guard yourself against using too many pieces of material and having a bunch of welds that might end up looking off in the wrong kind of light. This is why you'd be wise to use a seamless pipe from stainless steel, since it resists rust very well and has only a single piece to be concerned with. Starting with the right materials can make the entire project run that much more smoothly for you.