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Another Weesner Inspired Hot Rod (Lit Up)

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 193257, Jan 10, 2011.

  1. fleet-master
    Joined: Sep 29, 2010
    Posts: 1,780


    Hi Jimmy, your rear bumper treatment looks great!! Will you be doing something similar at the front?
    btw I'd still like to see how you have finished off the bed floor /tailgate shut area if poss :)
  2. aonemarine
    Joined: Nov 2, 2013
    Posts: 500

    from Delaware

    I look at his shop and pout, why cant I have a shop like that? or atleast have a friend with a shop like that......
  3. hasty
    Joined: Jul 5, 2009
    Posts: 1,411


    Thanks for the updates - and great to see this going again. Amazing skills.
  4. Thanks for the update, great work. I like that you are using the earlier bed side style.
  5. zibo
    Joined: Mar 17, 2002
    Posts: 2,361

    from dago ca

    Very impressive!
    Thanks for finishing it up for us.
  6. deucetruck
    Joined: Jan 8, 2010
    Posts: 730

    from Missouri

    Amazing work, Jimmy! Can't wait to see the truck this summer.
  7. nailhead terry
    Joined: Mar 23, 2008
    Posts: 1,458

    nailhead terry

    As we say in Texas she it !
  8. Thanks Jimmy!

    Looks amazing, we appreciate the time you take to keep us up to date.

    Cheers M
  9. How great would it be too be A young man to work under this man and learn this craft.
    Your sir are a craftsman of the first degree. Thank you for posting.
  10. My God I would quit my job to be able to learn to build like this! Can't wait to see the final product!
  11. edthomas
    Joined: Jun 14, 2012
    Posts: 7


    Verry nice Jimmy. Thank's for the update, you create the finest examples of metalwork. A real inspiration.
  12. Jimmy Hervatin
    Joined: Aug 11, 2009
    Posts: 29

    Jimmy Hervatin
    from Midwest MO

    I got started on the new running boards. The ones that I had on the truck were a aftermarket set. The panels had allot of tension in them from the beads that were put in them. The edges were not straight they would have been imposable to make them perfect. So my only choice was to make new ones. In the painting, Weez put some louvers behind the cab on the running boards. I wanted to put those in my new boards. I laser cut the blanks out of 16ga steel. Put slits in the sheet where the louvers were going. This way my louver die only had to form the louver.
    I had a bead tool for my turret punch that was the same width and height as what I wanted ,but with a rounded profile. I new the tool would do a nice job of setching the panel. But it would not be flat on top like I wanted. But I made some refoming die's for the pressbrake that would make it like I wanted. Here is the panel in the turret punch.
    The tool did a nice job of setching the material for the bead, but the tool has a rounded profile.
    Here are the reforming die's.
    Here I am pressing.
    Here is the finished bead. Reformed with a flat top and the ends rounded.
    Did the same steps for each bead.
    Here is the louver form die I made.
    The panel with beads and louvers.
    Next I bent up the long edges and it is starting to look like a running board.
    Well thats how for I got for now. Next will finish ends and add in front rounded corner by front fender.
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  13. 55 Mercury
    Joined: Mar 18, 2006
    Posts: 888

    55 Mercury

    Looking cool Jimmy. Your truck and shop is amazing. Thanks for showing us around in Oct. can't wait to see this truck finished.
  14. TexasSpeed
    Joined: Nov 2, 2009
    Posts: 4,631

    from Texas

    That looks amazing.. Great job!

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  15. Phxsinner
    Joined: Jun 22, 2005
    Posts: 103


    WoW is an understatement of your skills and abilities.
  16. oldman2
    Joined: Sep 9, 2010
    Posts: 2,373


    That is so sweet, beautiful job. Most important is, it's the way you want it....Jim
  17. gonzo
    Joined: Dec 24, 2003
    Posts: 1,877


    JJ said it all when he said.

  18. Jimmy Hervatin
    Joined: Aug 11, 2009
    Posts: 29

    Jimmy Hervatin
    from Midwest MO

    Got farther on the running boards. I needed to make the curve part by the front fender. I could have pie cut the piece and welded the cuts up. But I have more F-1 trucks I hope to do some day, so I decided to make a die and press form the part in urethane. Here is the die in the press brake pressing the part.
    Here is the part. One is straight the other is curved. I will trim the ends off.
    Here is the corner tack welded in place.
    I made a hammer form out of 1/4" steel to turn the flange on the ends. I am turning 1/2" flange over. I will then weld another piece to this. This way I will not have to weld on the corner, which would be much harder to hammer the shrinkage out in the corner weld. I will have to weld some on the corner, but not in the flat part. Here is the hammer form.
    Here is the end plate welded in.
    Well after finishing off the welds. Doing a little tune up here and there. I metal finished the running board. Here is some pictures of one of them on the truck.
    I still have to finish the other side and spot-weld some mounting plates to them. There will be no mounting bolts showing.
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  19. Wow Jimmy those are incredible!!!

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  20. oldman2
    Joined: Sep 9, 2010
    Posts: 2,373


    Jimmy, you make everything look so simple, when it's not. Killer work with a beautiful running board....Jim
  21. Dear Santa Claus: please ask Jimmy to make a pair of running boards for me. PS, I've been VERY good this year.
    Great job!
  22. Deadbird
    Joined: Jul 28, 2005
    Posts: 1,181


    Absolutely beautiful work!

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  23. Gotzy
    Joined: May 21, 2005
    Posts: 494


    Incredible craftsmanship and a joy to watch
  24. deucetruck
    Joined: Jan 8, 2010
    Posts: 730

    from Missouri

    Less is more!! Simply another amazing build, Jimmy.
  25. Tin Can
    Joined: Nov 18, 2005
    Posts: 2,096

    Tin Can

    WOW, those running boards are a work of art!
  26. ynottayblock
    Joined: Dec 23, 2005
    Posts: 1,954

    Member is a real treat to get to see your fabrication skills. Thank you for sharing with us, there are thousands of us who appreciate your work
  27. Malcolm
    Joined: Feb 9, 2006
    Posts: 8,036

    from Nebraska

    Incredible work, Jimmy - thanks for sharing it with us!

  28. Jimmy Hervatin
    Joined: Aug 11, 2009
    Posts: 29

    Jimmy Hervatin
    from Midwest MO

    First I want to thank everyone for the nice comments on what I have been doing. I wish I could get the pictures to come out bigger on the post. If anyone knows how I am all ears. I am a little better at metal than computers. Well I got the stud plates welded on the back of the boards. I also put some studs for mounting some screen on back of louvers (maybe). If you wonder what the holes are for along the edge, later I am going to make underside covers to the running boards. Now I am started working on rear fenders. Cut hole in fender to weld taillight bucket in. That's all for now.
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  29. daddio211
    Joined: Aug 26, 2008
    Posts: 6,012


    Ha ha ha... I hope to accomplish something like that in a lifetime and you casually crank it out in an afternoon! Keep up the great work, sir, you have no idea how many of us you inspire and teach!

    My '27 T Roadster build: 734383

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