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Old 02-10-2015, 03:10 PM   #15
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I am hitting dead ends and struggling with this same issue now. I am working on a 57 and the edge detail is giving me a serious fit to get correct. Some years the edge is a simple, beveled edge. That bearing tool does a great job for that. The roller from HF will do a bead fairly well. On this year however the edge is rolled over. Does anyone know how to do this?
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This is the edge profile on the Ohio built 57 Caravanner I trying to match…
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A bead roller would work, but finding the correct dies is going to be the problem. I have had machine shops make one off dies out of mild steel for some smaller jobs as there was no need for hardened dies, saves some money.
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Every time I try an edge like that in a bead roller, I end up with the lip being stretched, bowing the panel up. When the final pass flattens it out, the lip ends up as wrinkled as my toes after a spa dip. Grrr...then again, my bead roller is only a 2 roller unit.

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I can do this, sort of, by running everything upside down with the smallest bead, but the edge keeps running off the edge even with a guide installed. I have wasted a ton of time and aluminum trying to get correct. The full bead and the slight bevel are easy. This round over is a serious challenge.
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Could be they used 2 different die sets
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I talked to a duct guy today who thought it was done on a machine that uses a series of rollers to make the smooth roll over.
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Yes, I can believe that. It's called roll forming, where the metal is rolled through a progressive series of dies with each one rolling the edge over a bit more then the last
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How many pieces so you need to make?
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One option is to trace the edge onto a piece of plank, router a radius and work the blank down over the wood with a mallet a bit at a time.

I've done this to make ribs
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That was my next suggestion
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Old 03-28-2015, 05:46 AM   #26
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I am sorry if I high jacked this thread. It does have a very happy ending.
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Here is the magical die. I wonder if Submariner got a similar die made. The fellow who made mine said he did a similar die about two years ago. I too prefer to own my own tooling.
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Great. Do you have a Pexto bead roller
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