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VEECELL: New Cellular Cores. Coming Soon!

Veecell Logo

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.


This is what Cellular Core looks like.
This is what Cellular Core looks like.

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
  • MGA
  • 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 & Radiator Service
(FTRS)

will make

Honeycomb Cores

Under the name of:

 
Vintage Honeycomb Radiator Company
(VHRC)
 

Cellular Cores

Under the name of:

 
VEECELL
 
Some of the first VEECELL core we made.
Some of the first VEECELL core we made.

VEECELL is a combination of 2 popular descriptions for the core at the time:
"V Cell" and "Cellular Core".


Photo Story

Packing the machinery in Auckland for travel to Brisbane.
Packing the machinery in Auckland for travel to Brisbane.
Unpacking the machinery in our Brisbane workshop.
Unpacking the machinery in our Brisbane workshop.
The machinery mounted on a new cabinet.
The machinery mounted on a new cabinet.
A view of the fin tooling.
A view of the fin tooling.
Close-up of the fin tooling.
Close-up of the fin tooling.
Sorting, and cleaning the tooling.
Sorting, and cleaning the tooling.
The fin machine, mounted in the workshop.
The fin machine, mounted in the workshop.
The honeycomb lockseamer repurposed for cellular cores.
The honeycomb lockseamer repurposed for cellular cores.
Some early pressings.
Some early pressings.
The slitter recoiler.
The slitter recoiler.
Top view of the the slitter.
Top view of the the slitter.
Inside the slitter cabinet...
Inside the slitter cabinet...
Copper before it enters the slitting-machine.
Copper before it enters the slitting-machine.