Originally Posted by tech69
man, I soo want to work at a place that will allow me the time to do that kind of work with english wheels. I can use a hand shrinker and stretcher if I desired but not really allowed the time to get all crazy hand shaping it, but I'd love that. Just the other day boss tells me 20+ patches ASAP. Meaning, don't do it good, just get it done. I just lapped them on top and tacked them in. No fun at all and the challenge was to see how fast I can do it for my own entertainment...man, this trade is getting cheaper and cheaper by the day.
Hey Tec, The best move I ever made was getting my HF E wheel and a complete set of avils...they are NOT great but they ARE good enough to get you into the game at a reasonable price...Being cheap as I am and like making stuff as much as I do I was going to make my first one ...That would have been a "BIG" mistake. Now that I've been playing around with it a while and getting pretty handy with it I realized how would I build a tool all wrong and make it work without knowing how to use it...I have no intentions on getting a real nice one but if an old one comes across my path at a great price I'll snath it up...get one for 200.00 and play with it then go out and get the set of anvils for another 100.00 and your in the game...Its my favorite tool in the whole shop...but you need a reason to be playing with it and a challenge so get an old car with lots of curves and especally rust holes so you have an end result your trying to accomplish with a purpose to your playing...the metal shaping guys are fantastic and will help you with everything allmetal shape .com.....Dont make the same mistake as I did and wait 30 yrs before getting into it...But needing to do fast patch work is nessecary, knowing short cuts like no measuring and welding quickly is important to getting there...You always need that little guy on your shoulder reminding you of how much time its taking so you dont get all caught up on on one particular spot and when its time to move on to the next step even when your not too happy with the previous one...I like to refere to it as roughing in a panel ,it saves a lot of time and keeps you from cutting out all the perfect work you did when you find out later things change a little and need to be tweeked... Get the HF E- whee I promice you ,you wont ever regret it...
That said: I'm looking for someone just like you so if anyone near Augusta wants to play around building thiei car or just build the old stuff and have full use of the shop and everything in it.PM me and lets have some fun... I need a little help getting the work done so I can play more with this stuff...I do a lot of production work and nice car lot work to pay the bills and I like it because it keeps me fast ,tuned in and can get as much or little as I want...Plus I deal with professionals only and never have to deal with someone (desk jockies) without a clue of whats involved ,thinking I'm ripping them off,Ive got NO patience for that....But Pm me anyways and we can talk about this and getting into it on a budget..since I've alredy made quite a few mistakes and wasted a lot of time I can save you from doing the same.