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Old 01-14-2009, 11:12 AM
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Machine Shop who'll roll rear pan

Howdy,

Can anyone make a recommendation of a machine shop that can roll a rear pan that's 60 inches wide? I'm in Maine and the best anyone can do around here is to make two that are 30 inches wide then I have to weld them together.

Any suggestions?
Thanks in advance,
Dan

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Old 01-14-2009, 11:23 AM
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Sheet metal fabricator should be able to do more than 30".
What is it going on?
Can you buy a pre-made?
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If you have to start welding sections together to make your pan or you can't find a shop nearby that will do it, you might want to consider rolling your own. I've done two now using very crude tools, primarily just a length of 3" PVC to bend the metal around. And take my word for it, I'm just a glorified novice when it comes to metal work. I figure if I can do it, probably 90% of the folks on this site can do it. And it really doesn't cost you all that much money to give it a whirl. Worst case, you mangle up chunk of sheet metal. Best case...you rolled your own pan. So I really encourage you to try your hand at it.

Here's the basic "tools" I used to roll the pans:





Here's the pan I rolled for my Roadster using PVC pipe:



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Here is a shot of the rolled pan I did for the pickup bed on my sedan delivery:



And a shot of it in primer.



You can see the step by step details of how I did the roadster pan in my journal starting here beginning at entry 96. And you can see how I rolled the pan for my pickup bed starting here beginning at entry 171.
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Also check with a few of the HVAC businesses in your area. Quite a few that we have in our area has a vast array of sheetmetal equipment.

CBoy...your fab skills never cease to amaze me. That bed looks Primo
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Kevin is "right on", any HVAC shop worth it's salt can do this.

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CBoy...your fab skills never cease to amaze me. That bed looks Primo
Thanks Kevin, but I think of it much more as fabrication ignorance rather than fabrication skill. Nobody ever took me aside and explained the things I wasn't supposed to be able to do with metal. So I just stumble forward with the banging and bending until it looks half way decent. (Oh, and you'll notice I never post pictures of my "mistake pile". BIG pile.)
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Thanks Kevin, but I think of it much more as fabrication ignorance rather than fabrication skill. Nobody ever took me aside and explained the things I wasn't supposed to be able to do with metal. So I just stumble forward with the banging and bending until it looks half way decent. (Oh, and you'll notice I never post pictures of my "mistake pile". BIG pile.)
You're much to hard on yourself Dewey. I've seen your scrap pile, it's not that big...



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cboy, those rollpans came out beautifully. And like others said here, just give it a shot with things you can find in the garage. I had to do some small tubs for my truck, so I used a small sheet of 18 ga and rolled it longer than I needed over a spare wheel that was outside of my garage. I also use a cap from a spare welding gas tank for my shaping hammer.
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