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Old 02-27-2005, 04:44 PM
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E'woods Shrinker & Strecher tools

We are needing to make some pieces for the '59 P/U and my buddy was telling me about these streching and shrinking tool's he saw on Trucks and asked me about them. I found these in an old Eastwood book and was wondering if any of you have used them or know more about these?

http://www.eastwood.com/shopping/product/detailmain.jsp?itemID=1488&itemType=PRODUCT&RS=1&k eyword=28053

Any place else to get them besides $$$wood's??

Thanks, Mike.

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I have had a set of shrinker and stretcher tools since the mid seventies. I bought mine at the spring Hershey meet. Dollar Stretcher Tools, If I recall the name correctly. Actually I think one or two places make these and sell under the other names.

These tools are great for edge work, as they only grab in about 1"-1 1/2". I originally got them to make contoured floor pans with. But, they can be very helpful in making fender lips and repair panels. I have worn out a couple sets of dies.
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This is where I bought mine.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=633&item=387769480 8&rd=1
They also offer the shrinking and stretching dies with one body to save money. Just remember you will have to change the dies everytime you want to switch from shrinking to stretching.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=25280&item=3877954 855&rd=1
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Bob, I have to tell you,I hope your shrinker stretcher is better than the english wheel I got from "Dollar stretcher", it was JUNK.

I don't remember where I bought my shrinker/stretcher, I believe it was Eastwood. I have to say, they are without a doubt the most important tool I own for fabrication. In fact, I have a small fab job to do at work tomorrow and you guy just reminded me to get mine from my garage to do the job.
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It's that whole "short term mem.........What was I doing?????

So far, The E'wood set seem's to be the best deal for both machines.
Metalmeet's doing a server swap so's I can't check them for possiable places.
I want both as "Been there,Done that" with a single device for 2 job's and HATE having to "fix" what's doing the "work" to work.
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www.covell.biz you will be buying from a real metalshaper instead of those pirates at Eastwood.

John www.ghiaspecialties.com
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Thanks John. I actually just got thru looking at Covell's.
MUCH better deal.

Cousin? Mike Kelly.

I NEED to get with you on a disk too later.
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www.covell.biz you will be buying from a real metalshaper instead of those pirates at Eastwood.

John www.ghiaspecialties.com
Very good point John, Ron Covell is a stand up guy who I should have mentioned instead directing anyone to Eastwood.

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Check with Jerry Gulley @ Gulley Performance Center for all your metalshaping tool needs.
You'll not find a nicer guy anywhere!!
(423) 967-5251

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Randy is right about Jerry...another great source for tools.

John www.ghiaspecialties.com
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Thanks Randy,
I talked with Jerry today and ordered a set from him. REALLY cool guy.

Also, I talked with Covell's and according to them the manuf. that makes the bodies for Lancaster is out of business and nobody is making the frames so they are BO'd indefinetly.

If you want one,You better get one NOW or your SOL for AWHILE.
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