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Tech Week! Homemade beadroller dies for 51' Shoebox

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  1. Finnrodder
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    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:

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    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.

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

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

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    If anyone is interested of these dies,i am willing to share the blueprints and they are absolutely free.
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    Nice dies and floor pans, how thick is the metal?
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    Thanks,its 1.25mm thick.18 gauge...
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    Ok, thanks. I suppose the floor is plenty stiff with those wide beads?
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    The floor panels look great ! Good job with the dies .
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    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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    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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    Why not just post the drawings for the dies so everyone can have them ?
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    dies are sweet. floor looks great. im about to tackle the same project.
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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..
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    Tech week is not over yet,so i'll post few pics more:

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    Nice work and they look factory.
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    Yes it is, you can attach them by using the little paperclip icon next to the smilies.
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    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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    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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    Nice job man!
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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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    That's perfect. Now that's what we call sharing, thanks for the drawings.
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    haha looks like the dies i make for my builds. nice job
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    thanks finrodder, they have been added to my selection.
  21. If anyone feels like making a set of dies, I'm looking for some. I drew up the plans, but I'm 0-2 for finding someone to actually make the dies (I've had 2 guys say they would, then bail).
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    Here's the diagram converted to Imperial measurements for the metrically challenged! :) I used an online metric converter so accuracy is NOT guaranteed but I think it should work.

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    You told me earlier that one guy thought you were placing a larger order and bailed because of that.
    Maybe this thread could help you to gather guys and gals who want the dies for group order?;)
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    Thats awesome,thanks for posting that!
    I know there are a lot of guys who doesnt speak the metric language,that will help a lot:)
  25. We would need a lot of guys, he only wanted to make hundreds of 'em. Yes, there was a bit of a communication breakdown :rolleyes:
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    Finnrodder helped me months ago with dies, he answered all my questions, and sent me blueprints. dies came out awsome! Finnrodder is a top notch guy.
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    THANKYOU for your info and all your efforts ! :)
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    I know that they are doing lathe work for living and want some larger orders,but hundreds of dies?
    I thought it was something like 20-30 of them.
    Thats nothing to do with earning living,thats just pure greed.I hate dicks like that,world would be a better place without any greedy assholes.
    In here we have small shops at the countryside,who are willing to do smaller orders,i dont know how its back there..

    Thanks for your words,good to hear that there was some help with the blueprints.
    And thanks for the rest of you guys too.
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    +1:d
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    question about what die would make the flor pan i want to make stiff .

    the thing is i'm going to make my own bead roller and bead dies . so just a question of how wide i should have them . if i have thinn dies what happens to the sheet metal in concern with stiffnes and with wide dies . thanks and sorry fore my bad english

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