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Tech Week; HYDROFORMING sheetmetal parts

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by F&J, May 4, 2013.

  1. a bloke
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    great tech article, thanks.
     
  2. willymakeit
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    Good tech. Your quote reminds me of the one about experts building the Titantic.
     
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  3. 327-365hp
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    Awesome post Frank, great tech!
     
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  4. Wow, great tech! Thanks for taking the time to put this together so we could all follow along. I LOVE stuff like this!!
     
  5. Dave50
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    I knew you would figure it out Frank they look great!! Great Tech
     
  6. falcongeorge
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    I am stunned and amazed...
     
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  7. Frank, you are a wizard!!! Great job!
     
  8. Anderson
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    Holy crap that's cool.
     
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  9. oldtom69
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    Tri-State Aviation in Wahpeton N.D. and Odegard Wings in Kindred N.D. both manufacturers of WWII warbird parts made their own hydroforming machines.They make many parts off of original North American Aviation blueprints.It appears they use a fairly soft aluminum and heat treat it after forming in their own ovens.
     
  10. -Brent-
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    Incredible. This is something I could actually do, too. One question, is there a lot of fluid loss when you open it up?
     
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  11. Kevin Lee
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    Nice. Smart. Accessible.
     
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  12. mikew
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    great documentation and great resolve to solve the problem.
     
  13. JohnEvans
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    Well Frank you get my vote for best tech !!
     
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  14. Bugguts
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    Amazing!! You sir, are one smart dude!
     
  15. OLDTGUY
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    Great tech, nice work, Thanks for posting.
    JJ
     
  16. That's really cool. Definitely a lot of skill was involved in this process.
     
  17. You never cease to amaze me, with all your knowledge, and skill!! :)
     
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  18. Paul
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    very cool Frank, looks fun!
     
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  19. shinysideup
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    Made in America lives on! Thanks for the education.
     
  20. FLH
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    top stuff! thats cool as hell
     
  21. tb33anda3rd
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    great job Frank! you have too much fun!
     
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  23. 66tintop
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    you sir are one fart smeller !thanks for sharing:D
     
  24. Oops, I forgot to say that I think I read where a handheld grease gun can do 2000 or a bit more PSI, if you don't have anything else.[/QUOTE]

    a decent grease gun will put out 6000-10000 psi.
    awesome tech by the way!
     
  25. manyolcars
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    how about a piece of stainless, then you wont have to chrome it
     
  26. F&J
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    I take the gauge fitting out, and pour the oil into a clean jar and reuse the oil. Then, when I unbolt the die, there is only a bit of oil left.




    Stainless is really tough stuff to form, IMO. I don't think I could ever get stainless to seal itself to the die grooves they way that the copper can, and even if I could get a good seal, it would take so much more pressure to form stainless.
     
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  27. INTMD8
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    Quite an ambitious project and the results are excellent. Impressive work, nice job!
     
  28. Babyearl
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    Yes Sir,, I am impressed,, Pun intended.
     
  29. NashRodMan
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    F&J

    This is awesome, great work and great tech post.

    Now....would you please do some 16" caddy sombreros!!! pretty please!!! :)

    NRM
     
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