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04-14-2012 07:48 PM
John long I will start a new thread in a day or two guys. Will have to upload some pictures off my PC first. The reason I haven't considered posting in the home made tools forum is that I don't have pictures of their construction. I do the car though and I can post some pictures of panel fabrication which will show what an average Joe can accomplish without investing too much in tools. Forming a piece of metal into a compound shape is one of the most satisfying things I know. When you do it as a hobby it is nobodies business how long it takes. On the other hand, When you work as a professional you absolutely have to be concerned. I usually build cars no one else would fool with because time is not an issue for me.
04-14-2012 07:28 PM
deadbodyman
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Originally Posted by John long
I have threatened to modify it so I could use it for a louver press.
LOL, I think it'll handel it.Or one of those giant plenishing hammers....Or both
04-14-2012 07:25 PM
John long I have threatened to modify it so I could use it for a louver press.
04-14-2012 07:24 PM
deadbodyman
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Originally Posted by MARTINSR
36 Roadster I believe is my favorite of all time Ford, what a work of art they are. Yeah DBM I dabbled in the tin art. I have a funky little english wheel, a couple of pneumatic planishing hammers, shrinker/stretcher, lowbuck brake, shot bag with mallets, I have it all to get something done but closed up the shop and had to "got to work" leaving that path in my career. I have made some simple panels and surprised myself but certainly would love to get into to it more. When I get the Gran Sport done and get back to my truck I am going to pull those tools out I am sure of that.

Brian
Brian, dont waste a minute ...Metal shaping is where its at.but what you need is a deadbody so you'll have a REASON to learn and put what you learn into a practical application before you forget...I've only gone to one metal shaping class because there arnt any around here and I drove 4hrs to get there but what I learned was priceless..You gotta be careful though this stuff is very addictive if your not careful. The tools are super expensive but theres some great metal working forums that show you how to make good tools to get started with.I got my first taste up in NY where there was plenty of rust holes to fix and its always been my favorite part of doing body and paint work


John, I think I can speak for just about everyone, Post some pics of some of the tools you made and some of the stuff you made with them...there are never enough threads of this kind ,and its the most interesting...looks to me like you do some extremly nice work.
04-14-2012 06:58 PM
MARTINSR It looks like it would work like a charm with super great triangulated support so it probably doesn't flex a bit.

Very nice!

Brian
04-14-2012 06:54 PM
deadbodyman Hey ,That needs to be posted in the homemade tool section thats pretty dang cool....What else you got?
04-14-2012 06:29 PM
John long I have not started a journal at this point. Kind of wanted to get to know some of you guys without looking like I was trying to just find a place to,toot my horn.

I have followed deads, Brian's, and Dan Two Lakes posts particularly. I like interior work a lot too. (Get to keep my finger nails clean.)

I am going to post a picture of my English Wheel. A neighbor and friend who was a machinist deserves the credit for it. We made it in 1991. That was before there were many around. We didn't know how strong it needed to be so we really over did it. This thing has a 44 inch throat which means in theory it could handle an 88 inch panel. Not going to happen . It is ugly but does the job. You may notice the added pieces. I made a press I could make 1 inch ribs in a 57 olds trunk panel to duplicate the factory.

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04-14-2012 08:29 AM
MARTINSR 36 Roadster I believe is my favorite of all time Ford, what a work of art they are. Yeah DBM I dabbled in the tin art. I have a funky little english wheel, a couple of pneumatic planishing hammers, shrinker/stretcher, lowbuck brake, shot bag with mallets, I have it all to get something done but closed up the shop and had to "got to work" leaving that path in my career. I have made some simple panels and surprised myself but certainly would love to get into to it more. When I get the Gran Sport done and get back to my truck I am going to pull those tools out I am sure of that.

Brian
04-14-2012 08:21 AM
deadbodyman WOW, thats a nice little car there John,I too have a new love "metal shaping" I just wish I started 20 yrs ago when I was getting burntout from run of the mill bodywork...
04-13-2012 04:48 PM
John long Amen, That time I got to work for free for about 3 days. Now I just would cuss a lot. No longer do customer work. This has been an interesting thread. The 36 ford I have now had been hit so hard in the side I had to reproduce much of the body, all of the inner deck lid, and about 65 percent of outer skin with English Wheel. Fun project when time is not the issue. Lots of panels to weld together. I think some may miss understand one thing though. There is a difference between keeping the panel cool and quenching the weld.

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04-13-2012 04:32 PM
deadbodyman See what I mean ....A newbie would be all worried about getting a little run A pro can make a water fall down both sides of a car and not give it a second thought....In case anyone was wondering that pic is what happens when you mix your epoxy as a sealer but mix it 4:1 like regular sealer...then paint it and wait 3 days hoping it'll cure.....
04-13-2012 04:22 PM
John long I did one as bad. Painting customers 67 Cuda. Had ready to paint. Mixed PPG DP40, catalized, and reduced as sealer before painting. Let "kick" for 30 minutes while I ate lunch. After lunch reduced it and started to shoot the car. I had painted one whole side before I realized it was running like Niagra Falls. Try to get that mess back off a car you had ready to paint. Never a good idea to reduce it twice.
04-13-2012 04:12 PM
deadbodyman It takes dedication and much practice....You can always tell a professional screw up compared to a newbie mistake...
Heres one y'all should get a kick out of...How the heck can anybody screw up a 1:1 epoxy primer mix ratio?????? It takes "Dead"ication
04-13-2012 03:31 PM
deadbodyman No ,I'm just a perfect screw up....
04-13-2012 08:33 AM
cyclopsblown34
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Originally Posted by John long
You can't make mistakes when your dead
Where's that there like button on here?
Deadbodyman is a perfekshunist.
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