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01-29-2015 09:06 AM
1971BB427 I totally agree John! So much nicer to see all new metal!
01-28-2015 09:36 PM
MARTINSR Yep, looking awesome!

Brian
01-28-2015 07:57 PM
cruzinTLT
Quote:
Originally Posted by John long View Post
I have not been in the garage for several days but did manage to spend about 4 hours there today. I have the drivers side trimmed and fitted and a good start on the passenger side but not there yet by a long shot.

These are going to fit very well and are going to look good from the bottom.
I made soft roll up to the hump and positioned the weld on the side of the hump. I believe it will make the weld much less noticable.



On the LH side I was able to trim the old toe board back about 3/8 of an inch behind the factory flange so this weld will be hidden from the bottom. Also, I left a 1/2 inch flange at the top which will let me hide that weld too.

The weld at the bottom as well as the one on the hump will be butt welded but both welds will be on new 18 ga metal and should make good clean joints.





Welding these in and getting them ground is going to be a little time consuming but I am really glad I did this. It will be such an improvement over what I was going to end up with.

John
"Purty" as usual
01-28-2015 07:06 PM
John long I have not been in the garage for several days but did manage to spend about 4 hours there today. I have the drivers side trimmed and fitted and a good start on the passenger side but not there yet by a long shot.

These are going to fit very well and are going to look good from the bottom.
I made soft roll up to the hump and positioned the weld on the side of the hump. I believe it will make the weld much less noticable.



On the LH side I was able to trim the old toe board back about 3/8 of an inch behind the factory flange so this weld will be hidden from the bottom. Also, I left a 1/2 inch flange at the top which will let me hide that weld too.

The weld at the bottom as well as the one on the hump will be butt welded but both welds will be on new 18 ga metal and should make good clean joints.





Welding these in and getting them ground is going to be a little time consuming but I am really glad I did this. It will be such an improvement over what I was going to end up with.

John
01-26-2015 12:11 AM
MARTINSR
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Originally Posted by deadbodyman View Post
You know what would REALLY be nice.....interchangeable dies for our flanger/punch the ones that come on it are a bit small for a plug weld and too big for screw holes....those whitney punches are great for a few holes but for 50 -100 holes you just cant beat an air punch. I usually have double punch for a bigger hole.
It has a depth gauge you can set up for any depth the throat will allow. And the deep throat, oh heck is that useful! I really have been glad I bought those.

Brian
01-25-2015 01:44 PM
timothale
hole spacing.

I use the accordian piece from a old lamp to get even spacing for holes, bead roller beads, etc. I have a couple in my sheet metal tools box
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01-25-2015 01:04 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by deadbodyman View Post
You know what would REALLY be nice.....interchangeable dies for our flanger/punch the ones that come on it are a bit small for a plug weld and too big for screw holes....those whitney punches are great for a few holes but for 50 -100 holes you just cant beat an air punch. I usually have double punch for a bigger hole.
Absolutely. My Whitney style punch probably is harder to work than a good name brand but it will wear you out after so many holes in 18 ga. What I do is take my air operated flanger/puncher and use it for my pilot holes and then I can easily drill them out to the size I want. The only short coming to doing it that way is you still have to deeburr the back side of the hole after you drill it.

John
01-25-2015 12:48 PM
deadbodyman You know what would REALLY be nice.....interchangeable dies for our flanger/punch the ones that come on it are a bit small for a plug weld and too big for screw holes....those whitney punches are great for a few holes but for 50 -100 holes you just cant beat an air punch. I usually have double punch for a bigger hole.
01-24-2015 09:54 PM
MARTINSR Another bonus tool that I find to be well worth the money is a Roper Witney punch.

The "XX"


And the Jr.





For punching holes to screw or bolt a panel in or plug welding it in, awesome tools to have in the shop.

Brian
01-24-2015 07:18 PM
phoenix73 Hey John,

Thanks for the list, time to go shopping i think
I'm just glad we don't have your rust problems down here in SA but i'm looking forward to your next instalment

Cheers

Darren
01-24-2015 06:15 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by phoenix73 View Post
Hi John, just had to say wow, this has been an education, i've just spent the last few evenings reading through your whole thread and i has given me the kick up the pants to attempt the metal work on my first project, just got to get it moved to the new house first.
Going to start by investing in some metal working tools, what would you suggest for my first purchase?
Thanks for your time and looking forward to the next 150 pages

Darren
Cool Darren. I am glad you posted. I am far from being a master metal worker but my purpose has been to show other enthusiasts like yourself what can be done with a few basic tools, a little practice and a whole lot of want too.

The First thing you need is a shear and a pair of RH and LH aviation snips. Cutting 18 ga is not easy without them.

As far as sheet metal tools go, here would be my priority list.

1 Metal brake. If you can afford it, a 4 foot Pan (box) brake would be great.

2 Mig welder........ Obviously should be at the top of the list.

3 Shrinker/stretcher jaws.......Tied with the bead roller

4 Bead roller.........Tied with the Shrinker/stretcher jaws.

6 English wheel

7 Plannishing hammer

8 Slip roll

9 Oxy/acetylene torch


Almost all of my tools are either home made or inexpensive imports but they work and get the job done. High quality professional grade tools are wonderful if they are in your budget but not necessary to get the job done.

Good luck. I think you will find metal work both interesting and rewarding.

John
01-24-2015 05:41 PM
phoenix73 Hi John, just had to say wow, this has been an education, i've just spent the last few evenings reading through your whole thread and i has given me the kick up the pants to attempt the metal work on my first project, just got to get it moved to the new house first.
Going to start by investing in some metal working tools, what would you suggest for my first purchase?
Thanks for your time and looking forward to the next 150 pages

Darren
01-24-2015 05:39 PM
John long
transmission hump

Transmission (bellhousing) hump trimmed, fitted, and tacked in place. On to cutting out and fitting the toe boards.

John


01-24-2015 05:37 PM
deadbodyman Your really whoppin it now john...
01-24-2015 05:30 PM
John long
transmission hump

Transmission (bellhousing) hump trimmed, fitted, and tacked in place. On to cutting out and fitting the toe boards.

John


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