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Aussie 1930 Roadster Build

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Turns, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. gnichols
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    Super nice job on that pan. Gary
     
  2. Wardog
    Joined: Jan 12, 2010
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    Awesome work. You've got to be happy with that. If that was you're louver press frame in the background, it's looking good too.

    Sent from my DROID device using the TJJ mobile app
     
  3. Turns
    Joined: Jan 3, 2009
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    Yep that's it. It has progressed since then but still needs to be finished. I plan to use a pneumatic ram to actuate the press. I will do 2", 3" and 4" louvers and may do more than one 'style' to see what I like - i wll post the results when I am done:confused:
     
  4. Just went through the whole thread. Very impressive work! Looking forward to seeing the progress.
     
  5. brady1929
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  6. Turns
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    Yep, that's the start of the louver press in the background

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    I had to do a bit of work to finish off the quarters to tighten them up

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    And then took the big step (for me) of folding and shrinking the quarters at the door edge. At this stage I was worried about the bead lines lining up properly to look right.

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    I am looking forward to getting into some work over the Christmas break

    Cheers Turns
     
  7. a bloke
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    Awesome - you should be very proud of your efforts.
     
  8. wandi harry
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    Turns, yep you should be proud. Huge amount of work going into it.
    When do you sleep? Really dig the pan.
    What type of stripper did you use? Looks to be very effective
     
  9. Turns
    Joined: Jan 3, 2009
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    Thanks guys - yep lots of work and many hours right there. Sleep?? I will sleep later on :D

    The stripper was garden variety available at a hardware store. I have since been told that after you apply the stripper to the panel, you can cover it with plastic (garbage bag??) and it will work better and more completely in the stubborn areas.

    Food for thought

    Cheers Turns
     
  10. caddy346
    Joined: Feb 17, 2007
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    Your makin it look to easy! Looks good! Just found the thred dont no if it makes it eaiser or harder to get back into my roadster need some of your energy!:D
     
  11. rcnut223
    Joined: Oct 12, 2006
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    from wisconsin

    Great Job! Your attention to detail is amazing!
     
  12. Hmmm... I've seen another bloke use this funny looking contraption. :)

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  13. Turns
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    Hey Brootal - the bullseye pick is not so easy to use.....although both of the guys in the pictures seem to have it sussed :rolleyes:

    I haven't done an update on here for ages :confused:

    I bought some tail lights off US ebay and the seller was happy to send them to Australia after an email. I have always liked these Hudson tail lights and have never been in the right place at the right time. These are unpitted and in great condition - the only flaw would be the gaskets are perished which is not too important to me :)....very happy with them

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    I am going to refabricate the tail light panel so i thought I would mock them up in the car....I have since moved them outwards slightly :rolleyes:

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    The mounting flange is slightly assymetrical to suit the Hudson but i will mess with this later - I have considered linishing them flat but may actually french them into the panel.....we'll see

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    I pushed on with a bit more steel out work but nothing major - I still have to complete the steel out with lots of things to consider ie seat belt mounts, seat mounts, etc

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  14. Turns
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    I chilled out on the roadster build and focussed my efforts towards my louver press (I need it to finish my floors :)). There was some interest showed earlier in the thread so I will include the build of it in here.

    I will try to continue on from where I finished off last time. I ordered a piece of 1800mm x 900mm x 5mm steel plate to sheet the press frame. This will stiffen it alot....another scenario where stiffness counts.

    I ordered this steel through my work, source it cheap and my boss wouldn't let me pay for it.....even better ;)

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    I cut out the 5mm plate with 1mm cut off discs - no plasma or guillo here:mad: I viewed many aspects of this as practice working heavier gauge steel for when I tackle my chassis build :D

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    I left this little tab to help mount the pneumatic ram unit

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  15. Turns
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    I needed to fabricate something to control and adjust the 'shut height' of the ram....this what I came up with

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    Did a gusset to support it

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  16. Turns
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    I started fabricating the lower tool mount. Started with two 12mm plates

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    Important that these bolts didn't foul on the bottom plate. the Bottom plate will be welded to the press frame and the top plate needs to be adjustable for blade clearance.....hope that makes sense

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    This picture shows how the bottom tooling is adjusted. The two outer bolts are tapped into the vertical plates and the two inner bolts are tapped into the tool holder.......in effect, they actually work against each other as jacking bolts. This will allow me to finely adjust the clearance between the top and bottom tooling before fully tightening the bottom tooling into position.

    The clearance is usually set as a percentage of the BMT of the job and is critical to press tooling performance.

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    These are some quick designs for louver tooling that I need to do for my toolmaker. Hamish (my toolmaker) needs the louver tooling designs drawn to scale where he can then transfer them to CAD for manufacture.

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  17. Turns
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    I had a heap of large off cuts of 5mm plate from sheeting the press frame. I wanted to use them up and as I have said, practice some metal work :eek:

    I drew this in the car whilst stuck in traffic - kind of wanted an art deco flavour

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    Bear with me as this will make sense as I go - I hope

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    These are through bolt mounts for the top bracket

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  18. Turns
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    I laid some 5mm plate along the top of the press frame

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    Drilled some holes to use as fastening

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    Tapped

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    Bolted

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    Did some crush tubes (all I had on hand was SHS)

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    This is the shape I was after. I think there were 30 holes in total to cut in 5mm plate :eek:

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    I starting plating the top and the holes are for access to the mounting bolts
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    I use this to get at them

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    I have used this 50mm hadrail for allsorts of stuff.....mainly metal shaping

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    Hacked a bit off

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    Cut some short tubes

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  19. Pat Pryor
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    great job. car looks great!
     
  20. Turns
    Joined: Jan 3, 2009
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    I gave the press frame a lick of paint that I use on all machinery at work - charcoal hammertone (hides the grime)

    Started on a table

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    I used form ply for the table as it is strong and readily available

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    Air pressure regulator and oiler - salvaged off another retired machine :D

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    I fitted some switch gear that I also salvaged off another machine (you can see the trend here). I have a good mate that will wire this all up :p

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    Hopefully all this is making some sense - I am way behind with my updates :eek:

    Cheers Turns
     
  21. Turns
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    Thanks Pat - I know, that you know, how hard it is to fabricate a car from scratch :)

    Cheers Turns
     
  22. 4444Design
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    awesome fab-work with the body and your tools

    everything looks nice 'n tidy - something my workshop never does

    congrats for your outstanding skills
     
  23. brady1929
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  24. Car's great, but that louvre press... WOW! :)
     
  25. davo461
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    Amazing project!
    Love the Art Deco look.
     
  26. dano1930
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    wow great job man, thats real deal fabrication right there.
     
  27. Bib Overalls
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    Earlier you said you did not know any hot rodders. With that louver press every hot rodder in the region will be dropping by. Good stuff.
     
  28. Nekronomicon
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    This is insane, love it. Some great ideas
     
  29. Turns
    Joined: Jan 3, 2009
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    Thanks for the positive feedback

    Yep, the louver press got a little out of hand :confused:

    A few people are already lining up for louvers - I will do 2X styles in 2'', 3" and 4''

    Cheers Turns
     
  30. jimbo121
    Joined: Jun 15, 2006
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    Nice work mate, looking really good!
     

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