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Custom bead rolling....lotsa pic's

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Kiwi Kev, Nov 25, 2006.

  1. Here's a pic of my triple decker bead roller. I bought the power bead roller close to 20 years ago and mounted it on an engine stand frame to make it mobile. I think it's a JD Squared brand roller. Earlier this year a friend from work gave me the HF manual roller so I mounted it on top of the power roller and added an old metalflake wheel. Then I got the small hand roller in a trade with my buddy Arron so I mounted it above the HF roller. All done to save space. I haven't even used the manual rollers yet but they give me a few dies I didn't have. I have used the power roller ALOT over the years.
  2. I had a back yard hot rod fab shop for 12 years and did alot of sheetmetal fab and bead rolling. Here come some pic's of some of the bead rolling I did. It was fun to get creative and add a little style to door panels etc. I worked on street cars and drag cars.

  3. Wyle E Coyote
    Joined: May 24, 2006
    Posts: 442

    Wyle E Coyote

    WOW! Very cool work!
  4. Hanksville Hot Rods
    Joined: Oct 23, 2006
    Posts: 247

    Hanksville Hot Rods
    Alliance Vendor
    from Denver-ish

    Very cool tinwork! How did you manage to not get tracking marks around your beads? When I did the flames on my altered's interior tins the tracks were so bad I had to hit the panels with a DA just to get rid of them!

  5. I think I will just give up and retire my Hammer now......:D
    Fabulous work man!
  6. I have made a couple of sets of custom dies. One set so I can continue the large bead when I recess a Ford firewall....
  7. Another set for the bottom edge of a hood top..........
  8. erock805
    Joined: Jul 30, 2006
    Posts: 1,243


    Great stuff KK...enjoy sunny Ventura. I miss that place.
  9. Hank.... I always bought material with PVC coating on one side. It's a protective coating that can be peeled off when you are done making the panel. It makes it easy to lay out the panels also. I always use a ball point pen. You also need to get to know your bead roller so that you know how much pressure you can use before you leave marks.Practice on a couple of scraps before you start on the actual piece.
  10. JohnnyP.
    Joined: Aug 3, 2005
    Posts: 1,299


    nice work there kevin.
  11. Da Tinman
    Joined: Dec 29, 2005
    Posts: 4,226

    Da Tinman

    Nice stuff dude!! Good to see someone else being creative with a step roll!

    Bangin out John Bigtree's portrait in the morning, in the floor of our Firebird.
  12. Littleman
    Joined: Aug 25, 2004
    Posts: 2,619

    Alliance Member
    from OHIO, USA

    Your a bead rolling madman.....good stuff...........this would have fit into the Friday art show threads....................just goes to show that we are all limited to our imagination...........Littleman
  13. Flathead Youngin'
    Joined: Jan 10, 2005
    Posts: 3,661

    Flathead Youngin'

  14. Gambino_Kustoms
    Joined: Oct 14, 2005
    Posts: 6,561

    Alliance Vendor

    you rule im just a cave man
  15. Leebo!
    Joined: Nov 22, 2005
    Posts: 800

    from Yale OK

    Awesome stuff? Would LOVE to see a tech article on this !!!
  16. Doc.
    Joined: Jul 16, 2005
    Posts: 3,548


    You got some mad skills dude.

  17. thats art...amazing.
  18. Mel
    Joined: Sep 8, 2002
    Posts: 544


    Absolutely incredible!

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