We bought European built cellular core machinery in November 2017.
The machinery had been in long term storage for 37 years by the
previous owner, with the thought of "I will get around to making
these cores when I retire".
As this never happened the owner called me from Auckland to ask if
we would like to buy it as he knew I had restored the
honeycomb core equipment and
wanted to see this machinery working productively again.
Since we bought it, the machinery has been restored to the point of producing
functional experimental cores. These are currently being tested for performance
at the PWR wind tunnel testing facility on the Gold Coast.
Once testing is completed satisfactorily,
production will proceed, most likely towards the middle of 2020.
Cellular cores were the next generation after honeycomb cores which
started to fade from being fitted as original equipment in
around 1935. These new cores were used until about
1965 when the modern CT core took over (which was still before the aluminium
and plastic CT cores we know today).
Vehicles that used cellular cores include:
- Rolls Royce
- Land Rover
- early Holden (up to the HD in 1965)
This core has not been made in Australia since the late 1980's.
Now Fuel Tank and Radiator Service(FTRS)
Honeycomb Cores Under the name of:
Vintage Honeycomb Radiator Company(VHRC)
Cellular Cores Under the name of:
VEECELL is a combination of 2 popular descriptions for the core at the time:
"V Cell" and "Cellular Core".