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Old 03-09-2010, 07:10 PM   #295
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FC7039, I know you are right. My wife says I have a problem. I'm sure she is correct.
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If wifes knew what was right, would we be married?

Let me add that there is nothing wrong in taking on a challange, both mentally and physically. The easy way out may not be the fun (expanded definition here) way.
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Old 03-09-2010, 07:14 PM   #296
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Old 03-09-2010, 09:22 PM   #297
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I have nothing to add, I just wanted to see this come up again, in case anyone missed it!
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Old 03-10-2010, 08:59 AM   #298
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Don, I removed a 18" crease on one of my panel segments using the roller tool shown below. I also used lead shot bags as a backup while using spoons and dollys. I had to shrink some areas that were stretched using the same method as used on steel. I did some practice shrinking on some scrap aluminum first. Although not perfect you really have to look to see the repair. Most people don't even notice that the panel had a nasty sharp crease. I made this tool.

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Old 03-10-2010, 09:14 AM   #299
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Aerowood, great to hear that there is someone else out there who had attacked Aluminum Body work. The tool looks great. I had wondered about using a method of this sort. Is you tool make from parts you built on a lathe or are some of them found? Did you buy a shot bag or make it? I'd be interested in more details.
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Don, I removed a 18" crease on one of my panel segments using the roller tool shown below. I also used lead shot bags as a backup while using spoons and dollys. I had to shrink some areas that were stretched using the same method as used on steel. I did some practice shrinking on some scrap aluminum first. Although not perfect you really have to look to see the repair. Most people don't even notice that the panel had a nasty sharp crease. I made this tool.

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Old 03-10-2010, 09:17 AM   #300
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Old 03-10-2010, 09:41 AM   #301
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I made the roller on a lathe. It was a piece of 1.5" round stock that I turned a contour on both sides and drilled a hole through the center. The bracket is also aluminum (.125 6060-T6) but steel would work fine too. Handle is also .750 AL round stock but anything would work. I got the lead shot at a gun store, I think it's #9. I had the leather bag for it sewn up at a shoe repair shop. I've had this shot bag for many, many years as I used to use it in hand forming aircraft repair parts before heat treating.

I've also used wooden dowels and customs formed pieces of wood to achieve my goals.

I straighten the one segment because I did not want to buy new. I could have replaced it with segmented pieces like your 55 but then I would have had to do the other side in order to achieve a balanced look. Besides I was told that I needed to replace it because you can't straighten those panels. Game on.

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Old 03-10-2010, 11:31 AM   #302
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"Game on", You are the Man! It's real interesting how others can influence you and never really know it. When I was in high school the "Counselor" told me and my parents that I was not college material. I could go on and on about how she was wrong. But instead I'd like to take this moment to thank her.
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I made the roller on a lathe. It was a piece of 1.5" round stock that I turned a contour on both sides and drilled a hole through the center. The bracket is also aluminum (.125 6060-T6) but steel would work fine too. Handle is also .750 AL round stock but anything would work. I got the lead shot at a gun store, I think it's #9. I had the leather bag for it sewn up at a shoe repair shop. I've had this shot bag for many, many years as I used to use it in hand forming aircraft repair parts before heat treating.

I've also used wooden dowels and customs formed pieces of wood to achieve my goals.

I straighten the one segment because I did not want to buy new. I could have replaced it with segmented pieces like your 55 but then I would have had to do the other side in order to achieve a balanced look. Besides I was told that I needed to replace it because you can't straighten those panels. Game on.

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I'd like to know what you think after looking at the web site.
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I was intrigued and bought the DVD ... was marvelous watching him work. As he said "Practice!"
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Don, I removed a 18" crease on one of my panel segments using the roller tool shown below. I also used lead shot bags as a backup while using spoons and dollys. I had to shrink some areas that were stretched using the same method as used on steel. I did some practice shrinking on some scrap aluminum first. Although not perfect you really have to look to see the repair. Most people don't even notice that the panel had a nasty sharp crease. I made this tool.

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Old 03-27-2010, 07:44 PM   #306
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I was looking at my laminate roller today and wondered it it would work as a tool to smooth out the wrinkles. Its hard rubber, has a grip so that you can apply a good amount of pressure.
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Old 03-31-2010, 09:32 AM   #307
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I've been working on making a tool like the one Aerowood made. Also I'm looking for someone new to work on the inside as I roll the outside. Also the Airstream Design with SketchUp has been taking up a lot of time right now. Also winter decided to return for a while.
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I'm also doing the full resto on a 55 FC really enjoy following along. just wondering if anything new has happened.
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