Well, it's starting to look like another project car seller has flaked out on me, so I may not be getting the 51 Chevy coupe. I need to be contributing something useful to this forum. I was reading in the '59 El Camino build thread about needing two people to bead roll panels. My metalshaping buddy and I took a Harbor Fright bead roller and turned it into something a one armed man can operate by himself. First, let me say that we did this on the cheap, mainly because my buddy has a wonderful supply of bits and bobs that he gets for next to nothing at an auction. Duplicating this from stuff you have to go out and buy could get kind of pricey. But, I'm sharing this because it might trigger something off in someone. Someone will find a way to make it work with stuff they have, others will be keeping an eye out for materials on the cheap, and someone else will take our idea a step or two farther and make it better. We started with a HF bead roller, and made a frame for it out of thickwall 2x2 square tubing. The frame stiffens the unit a bit, and also eliminates the need to fasten it in a vise. We mounted a 3/4hp DC motor and controller (110V) to a 60:1 gear reduction, and drove the bead roller via sprockets and chain. Now, if you go to an industrial supplier to buy this stuff new, they're going to bend you over on price. However, at industrial auctions, you can sometimes pick it up for less than scrap price. The black box toward the middle on top is our directional switch. It's detented in the center (off) position. Because of the detent, you have to push the switch twice to change direction. This way, changing direction, you actually turn it off before you turn it around. The 110V supply is run through a foot switch, allowing you to keep your hands on the work. The controller turns down slow enough that one can follow an intricate pattern. I'm sure these ideas have been done before, and I'm sure there are better ideas. But this one works.