Bodywork

dimple die hole swage 32mm

Dimple Die / Hole Swage CAD drawings

Dimple die or Hole swage tools add that 'trick' look to any fabricated Steel or Aluminium project. They not only lighten a panel, with careful choice of size, they actually add rigidity.
Hot Rod Hidden Hinge

Hidden Hinge – Modifications needed

In order to get the hidden hinge to work, the 'A' pillar will need some modification. I started by creating a 15.5mm deep recess for the lower hinge to sit in. This would enable both of the hinge pins to align.
Hot Rod Fabricated Door

Fabricated Hot Rod Door

My fabricated Hot Rod door is not going to be easy. Considering I'm new to this metalwork lark, I'm actually finding it quite fun.
Wireframe A pillar - Hidden Hinge

Hot Rod Hidden Hinges

As a datum for the whole body, I'm starting with the A pillars and hidden hinges. With the hinge pins as datums, I'll make the bulkhead & windscreen surround.
Hot Rod Wireframe

New Workshop Required

I've been moving my car and all my tools. Now the bodywork can begin. The wooden buck has been scrapped so from now on I'll be using the wireframe
Custom Body Buck

Bodywork Wire Frame Buck

Having built one half of a wooden car body buck, I'm making a wire frame buck. The plan is to bend 5mm steel bar around my wooden buck. Every bar I bend around the buck touches with less than 1mm gap. I've made sure that no force is required to 'spring' the bars into place.
Bodywork Wire Frame

Bodywork Wire Frame Buck

With the engine running, I've turned my attention back to the bodywork. I've started the wire frame for the bodywork buck. Although essentially this started as a Haynes Roadster, hopefully depending on my bodywork skills, will end up as a late 1930's style Hot Rod. In the past I mocked up several designs firstly in Photoshop, CAD and wood.