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Technical Creating a Rolled Bead Edge on Sheet Metal

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Jay A Driggars, Jul 1, 2022.

  1. Jay A Driggars
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    I recently completed a build of a 1930's style race car. At local shows a few people have asked me how I created the rolled edge on the body around the interior. I built this car with basic (budget) tools, an english wheel, shrinker stretcher, shrinking stump and a bead roller.
    The primary tools used in this video was a manual Woodward Fab bead roller, converted to power feed with a Black & Decker 1/2" variable speed drill. If anyone wants to know how I did the conversion let me know.
    This video is a very basic example of how I created the rolled edge.

    1930's Style Race Car Build
    http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/1930s-style-race-car-build.1266721/


     
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  2. Fortunateson
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    Great video but I have three questions. Can you post a pic of your bead roller, what were you lining up to the mark on your roller as it looked like you were a ways away from the edge, and what’s th enamel of the music you used?

    Thanks!
     
  3. I'd love to see the power conversion on your bead roller.
     
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  4. I'd be interested in the power feed adaptation as well.
     
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  5. Blade58
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    Nice work ! I used a similar process to my dash insert, my roller is still hand crank
     
  6. Torana68
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    nice but why no wire to reinforce and make much stronger?
     
  7. GearheadsQCE
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    Yes, please post the bead roller mods.
     
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  8. grdra1
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    Thanks for the video, you could really see the bead roller flexing.
     
  9. Fitty Toomuch
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    Why in world would you have to delete your own video?
     
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  10. SS327
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    I missed it, could you put the video back up
     
  11. Jay A Driggars
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    The music in the video is supposed to be Royalty Free, however YouTube detected a 3rd Party claim on one of the songs. I'm currently uploading a revised video without the song.
    My videos on YouTube are not monetized, they are supposed to be exempt from Royalty claims.
     
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  12. Jay A Driggars
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    A budget bead roller will not feed .062 Aluminum very well. You must have at least a 1/2" flange so that the die has enough friction to pull the material through the dies, plus it's very difficult to control the feed while trying to add the bead along the very edge without an flange.
    The mark on the Die is used as a guide along the outer edge of the aluminum sheet, you can also draw a line where you want the bead on the sheet.

    Bed Roller Die.jpg
     
  13. Jay A Driggars
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    The small sprocket on the drill is the smallest available, the large sprocket was the largest I could find, the ratio is still to high, the drill struggles at low speed.
    I removed the variable speed trigger from the drill and put in an enclosure for a foot switch. The reversable switch is a separate switch still mounted in the drill.
    It's not the best setup but it did allow me to roll all of material necessary to complete the build.

    I used the drills front handle as a mount, used a long carriage bolt to attach it to the frame. Large Sprocket.jpg

    Bead Roller Drill.jpg Sprockets.jpg Sprockets A.jpg Bead Roller Foot Switch.jpg
     
  14. Jay A Driggars
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    I used 1/8" aluminum wire where to parts met, not necessary anywhere else.
     
  15. Jay A Driggars
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    Yes it flexes a lot, that's why I had to run the piece through so many times, once you have the first pass laid down the rest are easy.
     
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  16. flatford8
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    I like how you engineered that!......I found a kit and mounted it on mine......I have everything I need to what I want to do....except the time!!.....I hope retirement comes before I’m to old to drive old cars anymore!!!......thanks for re video......Mark
     
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  17. continentaljohn
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    Cool thanks for sharing
     
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  18. Fortunateson
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    The mark on the Die is used as a guide along the outer edge of the aluminum sheet, you can also draw a line where you want the bead on the sheet.

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    Well that’s a neat tip! Thanks.
     
  19. THE FRENCHTOWN FLYER
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    nice video
    I have found a pair of vice grips, modified to accept a wire edge, to be helpful.
     

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  20. 62rebel
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    Just sayin'.... I have a Roper Whitney Pexto unit I don't need
     

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