I’m new to hand-built bodywork, so getting the dimension of the driver’s side door pillar within 1mm of the nearside was beyond hard. I’ve always heard stories about one side of a hand-made Ferrari or Aston being different to the… Read More »Hand built Bodywork – Drivers Side Door Pillar
A DIY English Wheel from scrap steel tube and an old Lathe tail-stock? Surely that's not possible? - Well I thought I give it a go.
I wanted a Bead Roller Tipping Die for my 22mm Jenny. However, when I looked online, they were out of stock. I had to strengthen my bead roller first.
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.
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.
I'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.
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.
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.