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Tool Tech: Another HF Bead Roller Stand...

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by NealinCA, Jul 5, 2006.

  1. NealinCA
    Joined: Dec 12, 2001
    Posts: 2,882


    I bought a HF bead roller a couple of months ago. I was trying to figure out a stand for it when Paul, posted this...

    I basically copied what he did then added a little turn of the century "style".

    Here is what I got from Harbor Freight for $99...


    Not only did it need to be strengthened, it needed some style...


    ...and a base (tractor wheel weight and a 30's Ford truck torque tube).


    I cleaned up an old wood rimmed steering wheel that was hanging on the wall, added a little paint, and ended up with this...



    Here is the backside with extra die storage (again copying Paul's design)...


    And the modifired brass tag from an old orchard sprayer...


    I like old tools just about as much as Hot Rods, so now it will fit in with the rest of my old junk.

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  2. PDX Lefty
    Joined: Aug 12, 2004
    Posts: 515

    PDX Lefty

  3. very cool!
  4. rustfarmer
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 160

    from Hawaii

  5. LIMEY
    Joined: Nov 5, 2002
    Posts: 1,986


    Very nice job Neal.......the time you spent was worth it, i think it would look right at home in Jack's museum & easily fool a few people!

    Does it work as good as it looks?

  6. stan292
    Joined: Dec 6, 2002
    Posts: 857


    Neal -

    Great job - a beautiful piece! Got a question though.

    I was just looking at one of those at the Harbor Freight outlet in Omaha last Monday. As long as you are adding all the additional strengthening and support pieces, would it be OK to go ahead and cut the "throat" a few inches deeper? It looked to me like that might be possible.
  7. Flathead Youngin'
    Joined: Jan 10, 2005
    Posts: 3,661

    Flathead Youngin'

  8. Johnny1290
    Joined: Apr 20, 2006
    Posts: 2,834


    That is completely over the top and sick! I love it!
  9. arkracing
    Joined: Feb 7, 2005
    Posts: 891



    2 questions

    #1 - what was your thinking when you put the square tubing on the back side? - did you not have faith in the flat plate "designed" part - I would almost think that that would have been enough to strenghen it up

    #2 - any reasoning to having the square tube on a right angle to the stand instead of a little lesser of an angle to further eliminate the possibility of flex (i know with the designe part of your stand it would have been hard to do this.)

    Nice work

    But as asked above - How does it work???!!!:D :D :D
  10. SinisterCustom
    Joined: Feb 18, 2004
    Posts: 8,269


    Looks cool Neal. I too made one after droping off some parts to Paul and seeing his. Mines not nearly as fancy as yours but it works very well.
    I'll snap a pic when I get home. I do need to find a wheel to replace the handle that comes with it.
  11. Slide
    Joined: May 11, 2004
    Posts: 3,025


    arkracing... the biggest problem that many people have with the strength of the HF bead rollers is that the upper- and lower parts of the frame tend to flex back-and-forth, not really spreading vertcally. I have one of these, and that's exactly what happens. So you need to stabilize the HORIZONTAL movement of the frame more than the vertical. I didn't have any square tubing on-hand to beef mine up, so I used heavy angle iron, which was a 95% cure...

    Also, having a wheel instead of a crank handle makes it possible to use this thing by yourself. Nearly impossible with just the crank thact comes w/ the HF unit.

    Nice job, NealinCA!
  12. arkracing
    Joined: Feb 7, 2005
    Posts: 891


    ok...that makes more sense to me now...thanks
  13. atch
    Joined: Sep 3, 2002
    Posts: 4,693


    ok, neil, the one thing i see that you didn't spill is the great little adjustment wheel that you replaced the bolt with. what did it come from?

    very cool piece...
  14. Slag Kustom
    Joined: May 10, 2004
    Posts: 4,312

    Slag Kustom

    love the looks of it. now im going to have to buy a new one to make it look as good. when i fixed mine i was in a rush to use it and did not spend the time to make it look good.
  15. You are right, it will fit in with the rest of your very cool shop. Nice job.
  16. Levis Classic
    Joined: Oct 7, 2003
    Posts: 4,066

    Levis Classic

    Looks good - now make me one!
  17. joeycarpunk
    Joined: Jun 21, 2004
    Posts: 4,445

    from MN,USA

    Nicely done, looks great.
  18. NealinCA
    Joined: Dec 12, 2001
    Posts: 2,882


    I was going to make one, but I found this in McMaster Carr...

    Part #6403K42, 2-3/4" Solid Diecast Hand Wheel, slightly modified. They must have just went up in price, because it was only $5 when I bought mine.

    Glad you all like it. I have yet to do any "real" projects, just test panels so far. Seems to work good...I just need to practice!

  19. Ted H
    Joined: Jan 7, 2003
    Posts: 312

    Ted H

    What a timely tech post !Just got HF sale brochure in mail today and am headed to town tomorrow to buy one for use in building the floor in my channeled A Tudor.
    I've seen several posts on the HAMB on how to strengthen the HF roller but most look pretty cobled up. You did it with the style of the true Arteest !
    Thanks, Ted
  20. 1FATGMC
    Joined: Jun 10, 2006
    Posts: 63

    from SE Utah

    That is really great looking and engineered really well. I've had one for over 2 years and am getting close to using it. I think I'll copy some of your ideas before then.

    I took the liberty to lighten the one picture up so it is easier to see all that you have done to the back side. I like how you made a place to put all the dies.

    Thanks again,


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  21. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
    Posts: 15,157


    wow! that looks great!

    I put a wheel on mine since posting that thread,
    I found a large valve handle at a swap meet,
    it has lots of weight to it,
    the thought was it would help smooth out the action,
    seems to work just fine

    but your's has style!

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  22. Brad54
    Joined: Apr 15, 2004
    Posts: 6,015

    from Atl Ga

    That is one of the coolest modifications I've seen--and I've looked at a ton of them. Not only is it functional, but it LOOKS great! The curved design, the stand, and the wooden wheel just makes it.

    Seriously, send those pics to a magazine and make a couple bucks. That'd be a KILLER one or two-page tech article for one of the rod magazines.

  23. I agree with everything said already, that is so cool. Love the antique brass id plate. I've got one of those units, I just cobbed some reinforcement onto it, man I feel like a fucking hack now.
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  24. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
    Posts: 20,951


    What thickness is the plate you used?
  25. NealinCA
    Joined: Dec 12, 2001
    Posts: 2,882


    3/8" plate, which is what the HF frame is made out of. The flange around the edge was some oddball 5/16" x 1-3/4" flat bar that came off of an old truck bed.

    The tube is 2 x 2 x .250 which is overkill, but I had it in the scrap pile and didn't figure I would use it anywhere else.

  26. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
    Posts: 20,951


    I will probably steal this idea.....
  27. NealinCA
    Joined: Dec 12, 2001
    Posts: 2,882


    That's what we are here for.... :)

  28. Nice job. You are supposed to be working on that 32. let's see some updated pics.
  29. seymour
    Joined: Jan 22, 2004
    Posts: 5,125

    from PNW

    Damn that looks good... I got one of them from HF a few years ago, I don't even know where it is. lol... :D
  30. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
    Posts: 20,951


    I'm kiinda like the Chinese. I can reproduce anything....I just don't have too many original thoughts.:cool:
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