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Old 03-04-2011, 02:50 PM   #1
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Default Tech Week! Homemade beadroller dies for 51' Shoebox

I bought a 51' Shoebox at last year,nice chop but the floors were completely rotten.The 49'-50' have a different style floors and there are a good quality floor pans for them for sale.But i havent find any good quality pans for 51' with reasonable price.Those pans are simple to fabricate and i have a HF based beadroller.So...
HF beadroller is a decent tool,after you have done some reinforcements:



I do metalwork for living,mostly welding etc.But i have to admit that i am an amateur with lathe.
But i've done some bungs for my shovelhead etc,i know how to do simple stuff with lathe.So i decided to do my own dies for the beadroller.



Here is a pic of piece of original floor pan with the die i made:



And here is what my shoebox's floors look like after fabbing and welding the pans:



If anyone is interested of these dies,i am willing to share the blueprints and they are absolutely free.
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Old 03-04-2011, 03:11 PM   #2
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Nice dies and floor pans, how thick is the metal?
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Old 03-04-2011, 03:29 PM   #3
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Nice dies and floor pans, how thick is the metal?
Thanks,its 1.25mm thick.18 gauge...
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Old 03-04-2011, 03:49 PM   #4
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Ok, thanks. I suppose the floor is plenty stiff with those wide beads?
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Old 03-04-2011, 07:00 PM   #5
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Default Re: Tech Week! Homemade beadroller dies for 51' Shoebox

The floor panels look great ! Good job with the dies .
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Old 03-05-2011, 07:52 AM   #6
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Default Re: Tech Week! Homemade beadroller dies for 51' Shoebox

Thanks guys!
Yes,the floor pans are stiff,there are mounting braces under the pan which make them stiffer.My goal was made the floor just like they planned in factory,i guess thats close to it.
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Old 03-11-2011, 09:26 PM   #7
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Default Re: Tech Week! Homemade beadroller dies for 51' Shoebox

And so why is that style of die not commercially available? I think it looks a lot nicer then a standard 1/2 or 3/4" die.

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Old 03-11-2011, 09:52 PM   #8
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Why not just post the drawings for the dies so everyone can have them ?
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Old 03-11-2011, 11:50 PM   #9
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dies are sweet. floor looks great. im about to tackle the same project.
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Old 03-12-2011, 02:02 AM   #10
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Why not just post the drawings for the dies so everyone can have them ?
Because of the format.The prints are in pdf format and i guess its not possible to post here anything else than jpgs..
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Old 03-12-2011, 02:18 AM   #11
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Tech week is not over yet,so i'll post few pics more:





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Old 03-12-2011, 05:16 AM   #12
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Nice work and they look factory.
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Old 03-12-2011, 05:41 AM   #13
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Because of the format.The prints are in pdf format and i guess its not possible to post here anything else than jpgs..
Yes it is, you can attach them by using the little paperclip icon next to the smilies.
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Old 03-12-2011, 07:54 AM   #14
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Default Re: Tech Week! Homemade beadroller dies for 51' Shoebox

Thanks for the hint.Lets see how that work.
The blueprints i've made are usually amateur style sketches,drawn in piece of paper or something.I think its a kind of embarassing to show them to anyone and i guess there are only one person who can read them and thats me.
I sent a better version of the amateur sketches to Big A,he sent me back a clean copy for those prints.So big thank you for making them more readable!
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Old 03-12-2011, 08:52 AM   #15
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Default Re: Tech Week! Homemade beadroller dies for 51' Shoebox

I got a 52 ford yesterday with the back seat pans gone so this post helps make making and replacing them simple. Good job on the post and you do good work.
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Old 03-12-2011, 08:55 AM   #16
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Nice job man!
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Old 03-13-2011, 06:52 AM   #17
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Thanks guys,i appreciate your words.Good to hear that these dies will help someone with his project.
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Old 03-13-2011, 10:35 AM   #18
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That's perfect. Now that's what we call sharing, thanks for the drawings.
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Old 03-13-2011, 10:37 AM   #19
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haha looks like the dies i make for my builds. nice job
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Old 03-13-2011, 11:05 AM   #20
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thanks finrodder, they have been added to my selection.
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