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Old 07-23-2019, 01:58 AM
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I got my sheet metal cut generally to shape and now realise that I will need to het a couple of round objects mounted somehow so as to be able to roll the curves that I require.
I have a gas bottle which is about 9 inches in diameter and have recently acquired a piece of large diameter (16") thick wall (1") plastic pipe plus two drive shafts (3 1/2" & 4" diameter).
I am hoping with these choices I will be able to obtain the shapes that I require.
I still have my eye on the power pole across the road from my house.


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Old 07-23-2019, 07:33 AM
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I used the argon bottle off my MIG welder to shape the bottom of a door skin patch I made for the truck, they come in handy.

Your work is looking awesome. I doubted you on the hinges because it is over my head, looks like it's not over yours! I can't wait to see how this all comes together.

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Hey, thanks Brian.
It is kinder over my head to, but necessity is dictating the terms here for me.
I am just taking small steps in several directions at the same time and inching my way towards my goal.
I just received in the mail my VW Beetle hood latch, which I am hoping with a little massaging could lend itself to my needs on this project.
I got my fingers crossed that the hinge part will mate up with the hood sheet metal and sub frame plus the latch will work into it as well.

I'll have some more posts soon showing my under construction bending forms.
It is a gizmo made from scrap and junk pickings...
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Old 07-23-2019, 08:02 AM
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I tacked the hood structure and hood together Saturday and when I lifted up opening it and it worked I about cried with joy. It worked!

Now all that was done to mine was I sectioned the cab lowering the hinge mounting then cut the hood below that hinge mounting so it should have worked, my goodness, it's not re-engineering or something. But with the lowering of the hinges I did have to modify the cowl sides so they could go down further, I wasn't anticipating that. But honestly, it started to really kick my butt and to see it after MANY months of thinking and over thinking and fighting to see it open was pretty damn exciting.

It's just tacked together for it's trip to Idaho where I am moving next month so it will still have to be cut apart again and welded properly but to see it getting there is damn exciting!

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Brian, you are spot on with your comments and although I am several steps behind your progress, I can attest to the fact that it is much more involved than it looks once I got started.

Reading somebody else's thread on this subject is one thing, but actually doing a hood and hinges of your own is a real step up from being a spectator that is for sure.

I've never needed to take on a hood project before and have no trade experience so it is all just one big learning curve right now...
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I continue to cover my bases by trying to have a level of organisation as I proceed.
Since I don't have access to sheet metal rolls, I have been assembling several round items that may lend themselves to my shaping process.
As round stuff can be a little tricky to work with unless tied down, I embarked on another side project of making a base to mount my round stuff so I can have two hands free to work the sheet metal.

I just happened to have another piece of laminated wooden beam that was long enough to accommodate all my round items with the exception of my large diameter plastic pipe that I mentioned previously.

I proceeded to make a gizmo that would support all my round pieces when required and allow me to quickly remove one and install another as preferred at the time.
I made two brackets, at one end my bracket is just really a cradle with curves to suit what ever round item I am using, while at the 2nd end, my bracket is designed to support the other end of my item, plus retain it from sliding or rotating, which appears I have managed to achieve.

Not rocket science, just stuff made from scrap...


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Last pic of 2nd end of gizmo support bracket.

Gas bottle is about 9" dia

Ranger Aluminum drive shaft 4" dia

XJ6 Jaguar drive shaft (rusty) 3 1/2" dia

Large plastic pipe about 16" dia.
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You have some awesome skills and are doing some cool stuff!

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Thanks Brian, it is amazing what necessity and low budget can do to your thinking.
A little more progress to report.
I have started forming the curves, the shape formed quickly to a certain point and then it got tricky.
I had to walk away rather than maybe push things to a point were I may regret my enthusiasm.
I am thinking I need another diameter size to aid my progress further.
For now both the gas bottle and Ranger drive shaft have proven to be most helpful...
It is mostly the radiator end that is challenging me right now.
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The changing of the curve from front to back is going to be the challenge for sure!

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Yes Brian, it is pretty obvious in my 3rd pic above that it is offering some resistance.
Upon further review of the situation, I have also discovered that while I am making good progress at both ends, the straight edge along the sides are no longer straight and are starting to gape/bow out.

I believe I will need to make an extra gizmo to help me get these sides straight again.
I am guessing that once they are straight I will in the first instance lose some of the gains I have made at the curved ends...
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Hi Russ,

You are making good progress. I have seemed to have missed this thread cause this is the first time for me to see what you are up to. I like the approach you are taking to solve the hinge mods. The T is looking good...

I actually went and visited my coupe today. I went to my storage where everything I have in the way of tools and hot rod stuff is being stored till I get this Garage thing straightened out. Then I will finally be able to get to work on it.

Things in this beach town are on what Locals call "Beach Time" and it makes getting anything done quickly is just a pipe dream. Keep up the good work.
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Yes Brian, it is pretty obvious in my 3rd pic above that it is offering some resistance.
Upon further review of the situation, I have also discovered that while I am making good progress at both ends, the straight edge along the sides are no longer straight and are starting to gape/bow out.

I believe I will need to make an extra gizmo to help me get these sides straight again.
I am guessing that once they are straight I will in the first instance lose some of the gains I have made at the curved ends...
What you are running into is typical even with a slip roll Russ. Sometimes it is easier to over roll it until the center is close and the open up or "relax" the ends.

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Thanks Long John and RVW for your interest.
This is a totally new experience for me so I continue to take small steps.
Thought I'd be better off with access to plate rolls, but now that I am into it without them, it seems that they as plate rolls would not have been much good to me.

As forms they would have worked, but I have made my own now at little to no cost and they are right here at home where I need them.

It ain't rocket science I know, but not wanting to make any mistakes and have set backs, I am proceeding cautiously.
So far, I am satisfied with what I have achieved and appear to be on track...
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Yep, the hood is coming along fine...slow and steady will git er done.


I have one concern about the hinges.


(I believe) They must take the hood almost straight up a few inches before tilting as the lower front corners of the hood at the front are gonna hit the rad shroud. I hope I'm wrong.
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