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Today 05:45 PM
John long I pretty much finished my seat back support today. I made guides for my plasma cutter by cutting down the cut outs from the bead roll patterns. Then doubled the thickness and screwed them to the panel with drill screws so the couldn't move on me.



It worked well and I got really excited with the first one. Couldn't wait to get them all cut out.



Here is the panel basically finished. There is a little dressing to do. Some 90 degree brakes and the holes for the plug welds but all that is pretty much routine..

John

Today 10:38 AM
John long
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Originally Posted by deadbodyman View Post
I really would have liked seeing you streach that little six cylinder into a big block....seriously, you do so much with so little it makes all of us feel we can do it too...
That is the point. Anybody can.

Just takes the will and lots of patience.

John
Today 10:30 AM
deadbodyman I really would have liked seeing you streach that little six cylinder into a big block....seriously, you do so much with so little it makes all of us feel we can do it too...
Today 07:38 AM
John long
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Originally Posted by deadbodyman View Post
X2 that does look good John...
You got this frugal thing down to a science, I would have said I need a bigger bead roller and had another project to do...I love how you come up with ways to make things work for you...
F-r-u-g-a-l Don't you just love how that word rolls of your tongue.

My cheap friends just don't understand what a sophisticated tightwad I am.

John
Today 04:24 AM
deadbodyman X2 that does look good John...
You got this frugal thing down to a science, I would have said I need a bigger bead roller and had another project to do...I love how you come up with ways to make things work for you...
Yesterday 07:53 PM
Too Many Projects It DOES look good....
Yesterday 05:32 PM
John long As usual, You can't believe everything I say. I don't lie on purpose. Things just work out that way.

I kind of got ahead of myself on this seat back support. I will get back to the lower support.

I found myself wondering how I could replicate the cut outs on this thing with a bead roller that had an 18 inch throat. Here is what I have done.......so far.

First, I made patterns of the cut outs on foam panel board. These will also make good patterns for my plasma cutter down the road.



Next I cut them out and transferred the pattern to a piece of sheet metal. The solution to the limited throat depth of the bead roller was to run half of the pattern with the joggle dies one way, reverse the dies and run the other half of the pattern. It is awkward to make everything meet up and align properly and it is not perfect but is acceptable for an inner support that will never be seen.



I was disappointed in the amount of distortion I got in the panel on the first side. The solution was two fold:

First, I stretched the area I was going to add the joggle to with a high crowned anvil in my English Wheel. Secondly, I ran the panel through the slip roll several times adjusted tight enough to roll a curve into it. First one way, then the other both length wise and cross wise. That removed a lot of the stress and distortion.





As you can see, the panel is now relatively straight and ready to cut out the holes and add the bead to the middle.

This where I stand now. The grand kids are here for the week so they will get first dibs on my time for a few days.

John

07-29-2014 05:37 AM
deadbodyman Lookin great John...
07-28-2014 09:32 PM
496CHEVY3100 I see your point LOL.
07-28-2014 09:08 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by 496CHEVY3100 View Post
Looks great John ,im sure tat is fitted and welded Better than the factory did it,should be a tigh convertible.
LOL. I don't think it needs to be welded better than factory. The guy who did this just absolutely loved his job.

John

07-28-2014 09:01 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by 496CHEVY3100 View Post
Looks great John ,im sure tat is fitted and welded Better than the factory did it,should be a tigh convertible.
Thanks. I won't be able to get to it for paint if I weld it in. I am going to build the rest of the structure, Epoxy prime it, then assemble it permenantly. For now drill screws will have to do.

John
07-28-2014 08:48 PM
496CHEVY3100 Looks great John ,im sure tat is fitted and welded Better than the factory did it,should be a tigh convertible.
07-28-2014 08:43 PM
John long Convertible top well fitted.......Next up the lower support that holds the pump.



07-28-2014 08:37 PM
samsonized
wow

looks great
07-28-2014 02:01 PM
John long Cut to pump access hole out this morning and welded the two halves of the top well together. Hope to fit it to the car tomorrow.

John



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