Page 2 of 4

Re: Concept car build?

PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:09 pm
by chopolds
Just adding a couple more pics of "fixing the hood". Also had to replace a big piece of inner structure, and after making the piece, my buddy Kenny, punched some flared holes in it, for extra cool-ness. Also added some 3/4 square tubing to reinforce the hood, as it was a bit "floppy", probably do to removing the hood bird, and the support rods that attached it to the hood sides.

Re: Concept car build?

PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2019 3:52 pm
by Doright
How did you form That Tapered Hump into your patch for the hood?

And

When Did you contour the Patch to match the Hood before or after forming the Tapered Hump?

Something tells me you formed the Hump first then wheeled it to match the Hood contour? At least that's how I would try to make it?
Not so sure how you made the Tapered Hump though?

Re: Concept car build?

PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2019 8:15 am
by chopolds
Lucky for me, the tapered peak (he said 'hump' hahaha), was on a relatively flat part of the hood, so I did the peak first, using the offset die on a bead roller, then bent the curve in the front, shrunk it a bit, and finished in the Wheel. Just bending the front part I could put a small amount of curve at the very front of the peak to match the curvature of the hood.

Re: Concept car build?

PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2019 10:49 am
by '68 Coronet R/T
My fabrication skills are only hindered by lack of knowledge, skill and the proper tools. :wink:

I truly appreciate the craftsmanship of those like yourself that produce such fine metal work.

Chevman's '57 Chevy Nomad is still an amazing testament to what some can do.
viewtopic.php?f=12&t=17047&hilit=57+chevy+Nomad

I only dream of being able to shape, weld and work metal to the level y'all do.

Re: Concept car build?

PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2019 4:13 pm
by Doright
chopolds wrote:Lucky for me, the tapered peak (he said 'hump' hahaha), was on a relatively flat part of the hood, so I did the peak first, using the offset die on a bead roller, then bent the curve in the front, shrunk it a bit, and finished in the Wheel. Just bending the front part I could put a small amount of curve at the very front of the peak to match the curvature of the hood.


Terminology ?

Offset die in a Bead roller? Hmm now you got me thinking I know what you are talking about and a Bead roller is on my Want list of new tools for my own shop.
Just not so sure how you got that much crown and shaped like that that's a real trick.
I have played with many a Bead roller with different dies in many sheet metal shops that I have worked in a various Airlines and I have never seen anyone pull that off before.

Now that I stop and think about it it gives me Lots of new ideas of what can be done with a the Bead roller, Its more than what it was designed to do BUT what you can do with it!

Re: Concept car build?

PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2019 5:57 pm
by OldFatBald
Awesome build, LOVE the craftsmanship. :worthy:

BTW, I am a Caddy guy and I think (my opinion) that your design is better looking than the Cadmad Ridler winner.

Again, very nice and thanks for sharing.

Re: Concept car build?

PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2019 9:02 am
by chopolds
Wow! Now that's a compliment! Though I don't know if I deserve it. Thanks OldFatBald. The build isn't going to be nearly as detailed or super-engineered like the CadMad, but I still hope to make it unique and head turning.

Re: Concept car build?

PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2019 8:02 am
by Doright
Been a while any updates ?

Re: Concept car build?

PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 9:42 am
by chopolds
Hi, Dennis! Been working on it, mostly restoring the structure around the tailgate area. Bought a new tailgate skin, but that just showed me where more work was needed to get the jambs to fit right!!!!! Also been struggling with the transition seam between the Olds roof front section, and the Nomad roof. The Olds was about 3/4" wider, and grew more when we chopped it. So it had to be pulled in a bit, and the Nomad roof sliced and moved out a bit. Caused quite a bit of tension in that flat roof section! TIGed it all up, and had nothing but trouble trying to metal finish it. Finally, just this week, I built a hand held planishing hammer to help out, doesn't help that my left hand still hasn't recovered from my surgery 2 years ago. This has been a Godsend in smoothing out and stretching the weld seam. I'll put up pics when I can!
Thanks for the interest!
Oh..and in the meantime, also collecting front end parts, engine stuff, powdercoating suspension pieces, converting the steering column to work with a late model box, etc, etc.

Re: Concept car build?

PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 9:57 am
by chopolds
100_1624.JPG
Also been working on this 41 Willys..I asked a question about what type of primer to use on old fiberglass in that forum. An old customer I did 2 cars for (57 Chevy and a Monte Carlo), who found me after "losing" me for around 20 years! He bought the car from PA, and it was a hot mess. So I'm helping him do the brake plumbing, wiring, body alignment, reinforcement of the fiberglass in critical areas, and getting it running as well. Got my hands full here, wanna come and help????