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Today 04:41 AM
fiftyv8 Just a change of pace for a few minutes...

Anybody know this car or has more pic's of it, particularly the front.
Any details appreciated.

06-26-2020 04:01 PM
fiftyv8 Too late for that now.
I am committed to a front opening hood.
My first choice was a rear opening hood, but since a hood for this project was a late after thought I have been limited to what will work for me with the least amount of paint damage and intrusion.
06-26-2020 03:27 PM
cerial Well. You could always mount some angle to your fender and have the thing open sideways. Was a big thing in the 90's to have side opening, butterfly(hood cut into 2 hinges at fenders nothing in middle), and corner opening hoods.
06-25-2020 08:46 AM
fiftyv8 Thank you.
It was more work than I had hoped, but what the heck, it was a learning curve and getting a result like that makes it all feel worth while.

I figure the journey is just as important as the destination sometimes.
The holding down plate put a couple of marks in the hood but nothing that can't be fixed with a hammer and some bondo later on.

The trick was to grease the die before pressing, this pressing went much easier than my test piece without grease.

I am one happy camper right now.
06-25-2020 07:31 AM
S10xGN That really did come out nice!

06-25-2020 07:09 AM
John long Very impressive. There is a lot of work in that hood.

Nicely done.

06-25-2020 06:00 AM
fiftyv8 Well, I decided I could not wait for access to my buddies press.
I found a brick garage door opening with a high gable over head and a steel lintel supporting it all and it had a good concrete floor.

I took a bottle jack and cut a length of 2 inch pipe, capped the ends, placed the jack on my die setup, levelled it up and jacked away.
I watched as I raised the wall while jacking.
No just joking, the die pressed nice and slowly.
There was a fair weight of bricks and roof above.
It got a little off square early, but a big hammer sorted that out and the pressing was done in a couple of minutes.
I am happy with the result and so no will continue on as planned.
06-22-2020 08:11 AM
fiftyv8 Aiming for this.
This was my test pressing.

I had planned on using a wooden buck and hammering it, but since I had the materials I thought I'd also like to experiment with dies and pressing that may lead me to do other stuff in the future.
06-22-2020 06:48 AM
S10xGN Are you trying to roll a lip on your opening? You prolly could have done so in less than an hour with hammer and dolly...

06-21-2020 05:33 PM
fiftyv8 Progress has been slow, I have focused on other stuff as I am in the process of losing a finger nail due to mis-adventure in my shop.
I also had to do some slight re-work to the outer on one side to improve things.

Recently I have cut out the twin carb opening in the outer panel and prepared it and installed this panel into my die ready for pressing.
I am already to press it now, but remain at the mercy of the guy who owns the press that has the throat capacity to accept my job.
Turns out he is really busy right now being one of the rare business's that has seemingly benefitted form the Covid19 out break.
His business is working 7 days per week at double shifts.
04-25-2020 03:22 AM
fiftyv8 I think that I have become a little lazy during this current lock down and my old age.

I have spent quite a bit of time fooling around with the sheet metal portion of my hood project with little to show for it.

I have removed all the surface rust from both sides of the inner and spent much time test fitting the inner and outer skins to a point where I am happy with the fit. I have tried to ensure that one skin is not stressing the other and the fix is more a naturally compatible.

I have gone over the inner and tried to remove or should I say reduce the number of highs and lows in the sheet metal.

Since the outer face of the inner sheet is not seen, I have basically ensure it is flat or with only lows that I can fill with body filler.
Body filler is a necessary evil IMHO and I always aim to use the minimal amount.

While the outer surface of the inner skin has been primed and painted roughly with some old spray can paint I have no further use for and decided to use it up as a rust preventative.

The inner face of the inner skin is coming along nicely, considering my skill level and next week I hope to be ready to purchase some spray on primer high fill that will hopefully remove most of the minor scores and marks in preparation for further work later.

Next steps will be to cut the air cleaner opening in the outer skin and press the lip into it and the do some more body filler work in readiness for the mating of the two skins to make the hood.
04-15-2020 11:57 AM
fiftyv8 The bonus I take away from using these TV chair hinges is that now my hood opens up to 90 degrees and the tail end rests on the radiator support rods.
This is extraordinary when compared with my first hinge design where I was struggling to get a 35 degree opening and at one point it was even smaller and hardly worth the effort.
04-13-2020 10:11 PM
fiftyv8 Thanks RIP, my hinge is not a perfect solution, but the best I can come up with to handle the criteria of the problem.
It is easily removable should I choose to run without a hood.

I never heard the end of it from the cook regarding the borrowed hinges from our TV chair console.
So rather than fighting it, I reinstalled them and all is peaceful again...

Much work still to be done in small steps so no errors are made.
04-13-2020 09:54 PM
Rip VW That hinge looks pretty good. It is nice and simple and non cluttered...

By the way Mate did ya ever replace the hinges on the table that provided your insight to this success?

Looks good keep plugging away.
04-13-2020 08:07 PM
fiftyv8 Well, I now have my new stainless steel laser cut hinge components and I have assembled them.
I still have some finish welding to do but for the sake of showing them here is what we have.

One pic is of the prototype and the other of the stainless hinge.

I am now in the process of trying to get the inner and outer skins to match up ready for attaching them to form one unit.
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