1956 buick build

Discussion in 'Other metal working projects' started by DavidF, Jul 15, 2020.

  1. DavidF

    DavidF Administrator Staff Member Banner Member

    Worked a bit on that inner panel today.
    Didn't make sense to put alot of work into fabricating a panel that would never bee seen.
    So I'm just capping the end of it, then tying another panel into it to seal up the hole.
    Still have to sand blast the area. Will weld it up tomorrow...
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  2. DavidF

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    Was contemplating building a bead roller for a couple of the panels I need to fabricate. But after browsing the internet for a couple of days I figured the fastest way to point b was the check book. Took a trip to Eastwood today and picked one up for $140.00.
    Here it is, the new combination bead roller/ log splitter..

    Also working on some shop clean up and installing shelving before the lift shows up.
    More on that later
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  3. Jason

    Jason Gold

    The chinese are indeed a necessary evil.
  4. Al2O3

    Al2O3 Administrator Staff Member

    I had two of those given to me. Most people buy them just for the dies (think I have 6 or 7 sets) and gears to roll their own, or they stiffen the frame and put a gear motor on them. It's ok for occasional use and light stuff but will eventually piss you off and you'll build one.

    Did you get a 2 or 4-post? It was 15 years ago but I went four with rolling jack and platform. Not quite as accessible for under car work but safer and good for storage.

  5. DavidF

    DavidF Administrator Staff Member Banner Member

    4 post on wheels....
    Older cars have frames that flex like noodles, would be afraid to lift a model a on a 2 post.
  6. Al2O3

    Al2O3 Administrator Staff Member

    Quality of life goes up. Beats the poo out of laying on cold concrete in the winter time.......plus you can stack'em like HotWheels. This is at my old place. Had to high-lift the garage door.


  7. DavidF

    DavidF Administrator Staff Member Banner Member

    Gawd, what a mess!! Most of this crap has been sitting in the floor since the move. Man I have collected too much crap over the years.
    Going to get all cleaned up and organized over the next week or so. Shelves are going up and its starting to look a little better....
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  8. DavidF

    DavidF Administrator Staff Member Banner Member

    Well now the whole back of the garage is all storage shelving. But will it be enough? :rolleyes:
  9. Tobho Mott

    Tobho Mott Silver Banner Member

    Never enough...
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  11. crazybillybob

    crazybillybob Silver Banner Member

  12. DavidF

    DavidF Administrator Staff Member Banner Member

    Just a wee bit more to put up. Starting to get some floor space back :D.
    Moya has his milling machine and some other crap over here taking up space that's supposed to be out next week. :rolleyes:
    Should have done all this awile ago, but work had me jammed up with way too much over time...
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  13. ddmckee54

    ddmckee54 Copper

    David F:

    Any more progress on the Buick, or are you still rearranging the shop? I know how those kind of projects have a tendency to snowball on you.

  14. DavidF

    DavidF Administrator Staff Member Banner Member

    Still cleaning up shop, going to pick up the lift next week. Went out and picked up a 9" for the buick today. Should be a perfect fit :cool:
    bought a power drive for the bead roller and have been practicing with it a bit, and also got a shrinker stretcher. Tomorrow's project will be building a stand for it out of whatever I have laying around, after I cut the front lawn.
    Worked on disassembling all the chrome last weekend. I'll be going back out to Kentucky next month to drop it all off to the platers. Damn rechroming is more than I paid for the car and donor vehicle combined :mad:

    Definitely not snowballed, my dad registered the car for the nationals in August next year, so I will have to bust my ass to get it done:eek::eek:
    Once i get the lift put together ill be going like scat.
    The unfortunate thing with this car is that there is no aftermarket body panels available, so i have to fabricate everything by hand. I've been enjoying it :D.

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  15. DavidF

    DavidF Administrator Staff Member Banner Member

    You might be a redneck if,
    You ever used your front porch as an axle puller....
  16. Peedee

    Peedee Silver

    Did the exact same thing with a landing gear strut a week ago! Chain one end, ratchet strap the other.

    Only difference it was two supporting legs for the mezanine floor.
  17. Rotarysmp

    Rotarysmp Silver

    Nice huge shop. Very jealous.
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  18. DavidF

    DavidF Administrator Staff Member Banner Member

    I've been playing around with the shrinker stretcher a bit working on the roof of the car where the rear glass goes in. Its a neat tool, but takes a bit to get used to. Got frustrated and grabbed the torch and did the old heat and bend ( much faster) :D.
    Started cutting out the old and splitting spot welds. I'm still not 100% happy with the fitment so I'll probably spend a few more hours fitting it up before I weld it in.
    Ordered a couple bushings to check out for when I make the 4 link up for the rear. More on that later.
    Also picking up the lift on Friday, some assembly required :rolleyes::rolleyes:.
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  19. crazybillybob

    crazybillybob Silver Banner Member

    Heat and beat is faster. But if you can learn the shrinker/stretcher it's more consistent and dang near as fast! (I only have a little practice on one don't have one in the shop but they're nice tools for lips and things). Dave I know one guy that uses a break to bend the window lip (or gutters) then uses the shrinker/stretcher to put the curve in the end. If you don't have a break the bead roller with a set of tipping dies can do the same thing, it can distort the metal a bit more. For larger gentler bends never underestimate your knee/thigh or a welding tank :D as a form tool.
  20. DavidF

    DavidF Administrator Staff Member Banner Member

    I do have a break. Old pexto that I'm going to make some adjustments on later today.
    Had to take a sick day to take my old dog to the vet. I think he had a cist that burst or something.
    Pretty gross, oozing, and he is being crankey.
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