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Old 07-15-2017, 09:51 AM
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My new English Wheel

Just finished my New English Wheel, I used Metal Ace 3" wheel and anvils.
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Thanks, just need to learn how to use it.
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Thanks, just need to learn how to use it.
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Your in trouble now Don! I see a serious addiction coming your way.

Join the croud. You will enjoy it for sure!

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Thanks John, I bought a bead roller and planishing hammer. I want to try my hand at doing panels.
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When I and a friend first built my English Wheel I bought a '50 Ford Convertible for 35 bucks out of a cow pasture. It was so ugly and rusted that the guys who hauled it for me wore halloween masks so no one would recognize them.

I learned to wheel by making door skins, quarter patches, and other things. My first attemps left a lot to be desired. AAMOF the first door I fixed required me to cut two skins in half, weld them together, and then install the panel just to get something that was usable.

Some videos will go a long way toward getting your feet on the ground but it will still take practice and experience to master the art.

The point is, it does take practice but it is a fascinating hobby and you will get better and better as you learn to understand what the metal will do.

Best of luck with it.

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I fooled with the 50 for about 6 months and sold it for 1400 bucks in about 1991 so it was a cool way to get paid while I was learning
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Thanks John, I know it takes a while to figure it out and thought I would get some of covell's video's. I have one of his and he does a petty good job of explaining everything. I also try to watch some of the Youtube video's also. I'm retired and just finished my 32 and looking for something to learn. I still have interior work to do. I try to learn something everyday.
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John Glover made a set of tapes on how to make a model A front fender from scratch. I have not seen any on the market for a few years but if you can find a set jump on them. He reproduces an "A" front fender, including the wire edge, with nothing but an E Wheel, hammer and dolly.

There is just a wealth of knowledge in them if you can find a set.

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Thanks John, I'll try to find a set. I would like to make a 32 roadster body but know that will be down the road.
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Thanks, I have watched some of his video's. I watched some last night from eastwood that kind of showed a lot of the functions. I think I'm going to like playing with the wheel. I think the classes would be good but pretty expensive. Do most of you guys wheel Aluminum or steel. Aluminum seem to form pretty quick?
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Only steel for me. Usually 18 ga. There is little use for aluminium for me because most of what I do has to be welded to steel. I am usually making patch panels, quarter panel patches and the like.

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beading with a planishing hammer.

A few years ago I took a street rod panel fab class at UVU. us old retired guys only had to pay $ 100 while the regular students payed over a grand. The stationary planishing hammer had several shop made dies to form beads. the lower dies had a tab welded to the side of the die that was held stationary with a hose clamp. I used it a few times when the pullmax booked up. it was slower than the pullmax but it worked ok .
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Portable planish hammer

here's a pict I posted a few years back of how my son rigged up the HF planishing hammer, A 2 x 6, weight lifting irons some rope and adjustable using the chain hoist on the big gantry crane
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I have a planishing hammer, does faster work than the English wheel. I would think the wheel would do best for large panels. I haven't tried steel yet, I'll have to order some.
Thanks for everyone's help
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Great job! Did everything line up square!
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