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Well my friends, I am pleased to report that the new hinge works and the hood clears, so let the party begin...
I am totally over the moon with this result.
So high 5's all round I guess.

There is still a lot of fiddly work ahead, but it kinder means more now, that I know it will work and anything I do now will be worth the effort.

I guess the hinge pic and its mounting is self explanatory for you.
It is odd but it works and not as pretty as my first choice.
Pretty is a bit like BS, it only gets you so far...


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Dear friends and fellow Forum members interested in my project pursuits, I am sorry for the delays in posting progress, but progress has been slow.
I do have some more material to post soon, I am held up again by my laser cutting guy as you may recall this happened previously.
Any way stay posted as I will have fresh up to date pic's very soon. :embarrass:embarrass:embarrass

In the meantime, as you may be aware I have a number of YouTube videos listed and some of which have been well accepted.
I do not derive any payment or income from these, but do like to see them front and center so that they are easily accessed by interested folks.

If you care to see what I am talking about you can just GOOGLE the following. Cadflat Video Series

Once there, you can click on any of the 5 videos I have up loaded and I would ask that you kindly hit the SUBCRIBE button on one or all of them.

By subscribing it helps keep these videos front and center which from my point of view would be very helpful to the cause.

If you do feel inclined to support this request, then I thank you very much indeed.

Your support is what provides me with the motivation to keep finding topics of interest to post... :):):)
 

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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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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. :cool:
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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...

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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.
 

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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.
 

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That really did come out nice!

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.

Russ. :thumbup:
 

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Found it...

This sedan was built by the auto body class at Washtenaw Community College MI, and also received a Street Rodder top 100 pick as well.
They build some great cars over there.


Some additional pic's can be found here.

https://www.facebook.com/teamwcc/posts/10157186917934820?hc_location=ufi

THE FUTURE OF HOT RODDING

Posted on May 2, 2019, 10:58 pm, by Nick Avgeres, under News

As long-time hot rodders, this is one of those stories that truly warms our hearts and assures us that the future of hot rodding is alive and well. The story begins with Washtenaw Community College and Shadow Rods in Michigan who set out to work with this year’s students to build what they considered to be the ultimate street rod. The subject of the project – a classic Ford Model A. The goal of the program is to provide students the opportunity to learn and develop skills within the automotive trades, including mechanical, electrical, fabrication and welding, machining, collision course, and custom body and paint courses to coincide with the complete vehicle build.

Throughout the course of the project, the students honed their skills and put them to the test on the Model A as they prepared to debut the vehicle at the 2019 Detroit Autorama car show. The goal for the finished vehicle was a show-worthy appearance and, we have to say, they absolutely nailed it. The exterior of the vehicle, which dons a custom-mixed color hand-selected by the instructors and students, looks simply stunning. While the vehicle has a few final details to be finished, the class met its goal and displayed the vehicle at this year’s Detroit Autorama as planned.

That front axle must be an optical illusion as front pic shows that it is under the cross member and not in front as it seems to appear in the side pic...:

The hood also looks longer than stock, but that too maybe an illusion.
Great hot rod and a credit to those who built it.
 

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Back to my hood project and sadly I have some bad news.
My pressing has turned into a disaster.
During the setting up in the die, since the cut out is not exactly central, I have some how transposed the measurement to the opposite hand and have pressed in the wrong area as such.

Sometimes I was working on the outer side of my hood and other times on the underside...
The opening still clears the air cleaners but the hole does not sit evenly clear around the air cleaner heads.
Time to take a few deep breathes and think outside the square once more.
Time to build my character even more...
 

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Back to my hood project and sadly I have some bad news.
My pressing has turned into a disaster.
During the setting up in the die, since the cut out is not exactly central, I have some how transposed the measurement to the opposite hand and have pressed in the wrong area as such.

Sometimes I was working on the outer side of my hood and other times on the underside...
The opening still clears the air cleaners but the hole does not sit evenly clear around the air cleaner heads.
Time to take a few deep breathes and think outside the square once more.
Time to build my character even more...

Time to build character or time to build an offset adapter for the air filters? :mwink:
 
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