Dimple Die / Hole Swage CAD drawings

dimple die hole swage 32mmDimple 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.

Hidden Hinge Clearance

Hidden Hinge ClearanceI finally got my hidden hinge working as previously I was having problems with it fouling just before the second stop. I’m not good at imagining things in 3 dimensions, especially when they are moving. I’d posted a couple pictures…

Hidden Hinge – Modifications needed

Hot Rod Hidden HingeIn 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 Hidden Hinge – Hit or Miss?

Hot Rod Hidden HingeI’m using Golf MK5 hardware as my hidden hinges. I couldn’t picture whether the door was going to clear the pillar, so I had to mock everything up first.

Fabricated Hot Rod Door

Hot Rod Fabricated DoorMy 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.

Hot Rod Hidden Hinges

Wireframe A pillar - Hidden HingeAs 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.

New Workshop Required

Hot Rod WireframeI’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

Bodywork Wireframe Buck – half finished

Bodywork Wireframe BuckWith half the wireframe buck finished, it has become obvious that although it has its uses it is also very prone to flexing. It’s own weight is sufficient to bend and distort bars. It will therefore need a lot of…

Bodywork Wire Frame Buck

Custom Body BuckHaving 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 Buck

Bodywork Wire FrameWith 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.

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