Is there a tool for making louvers, or is it generally done by a professional? If there is such a tool, where can I purchase one and how much are they? Anybody have any advice??????THANKS. <img src="confused.gif" border="0">
they are made with a male and female die in a press, check some of the metalwork sites for them, i was lucky and got a pair of 4" and 6" dies at an estate auction for $8.00 both sets! Eastwood used to sell a die of sorts that rolled the pattern in.
There is an article in the March 2003 issue of Street Rodder. It shows a louver press and set of dies. The supplier; Mittler Bros. Machine and tool @ www.mittlerbros.com also has shrinkers, stretchers, and beaders. Even if you find a punch and die set, you could adapt these to a shop press by making up a fixture to hold the two parts. this would enable you to punch rows in strips of metal and then graft them to your project. Hope this helps.
The average person cannot do it at home. You need a deep throated press to do it. Also the hood will have to have the reinforcing support cut out on the inside then after the louvers are punched either put back in or other support fabricated. For what it involves you would be better off having a professional punch it.
I wonder how much demand there is for these services. Anybody know how popular this is anymore? A stout press frame is easy to build, but I'm thinking this is a dying trend. I however still think its cool.
If you have an I-beam running across your garage, bolt a base into your concrete and weld the top to the I-beam. I wouldn't think a louver press would require enough force to dislodge your I-beam. Don't knock down your garage. You could determine your throat size by how far you move away from the wall.
I think louvers are beautiful, but they're expensive. When I figure how to make a set of dies I'm going to ventilate my full bellypan.