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All the sheet metal is 16 gauge. Tips for bead rolling: Your manual roller is a good start. Have a big burly friend crank your roller while you a guiding the metal. Practice different styles of dies and techniques. Draw out your design. These panels where rolled with off-set dies meaning not a male - female beading die but 2 discs with radius'es one on one side of the other die and one roller pushing the metal to the other elevation leading to the ledges of rolled surfaces. Practice, Practice and more practrice will get you there.
 

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All the sheet metal is 16 gauge. Tips for bead rolling: Your manual roller is a good start. Have a big burly friend crank your roller while you a guiding the metal. Practice different styles of dies and techniques. Draw out your design. These panels where rolled with off-set dies meaning not a male - female beading die but 2 discs with radius'es one on one side of the other die and one roller pushing the metal to the other elevation leading to the ledges of rolled surfaces. Practice, Practice and more practice will get you there.
 

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The rearend of the car is welded up now.

This is the fit up
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of the trunk floor to the rails and the rear crossmember.
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Working on the headers.
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This is what the passenger side header started as.
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Cut that header to this point to rebuild it to fit! with this header installed, we can change the starter without removing the header or vice-versa.
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The header we started with were a cheap chinese set off of ebay for the late model camaro.
 

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Nice work lots of hours in for sure! I’m just finishing up my 5 year build on my 67 Acadian, it’s stressful and all rewarding when done good luck on the rest
 

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Repairing The Frame Rails:
Mike bent the repair sections on his 10 foot brake out of 16 gauge metal.
Left side is in. Right side is cut out.
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New frame piece for right side can be seen in center of first pic sitting on the square tube.
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Right side rail fitted and clamped in place ready to be welded.
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Next pic is welded in place
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Floor Pans:
Mike formed the floor pans out of 20 gauge sheet with his bead rolliong machine using offset dies he turned on his lathe.
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I think 20 gauge is close to the same gauge as the original floor pans.
The floor pans still need more fitting and trimming before they get welded in place, but you get the idea of how they look and are fitting so far.
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Nice work. How did you keep the front subframe mounts in the original position?
There is a crossmember bar clamped to the frame table onto which 2 verticle angle irons are tacked to and to which the other end of the angle iron is tacked to each of the subframe mounting pads.

There is a 3 foot rod that was bolted to each pad as it was being welded that would tweak and hold the pad surface square to the car and square in relation to the other pad as well as square to the table.

Discussion starter #33, Cowl repair shows a picture of the angle irons and the picture below shows the rod.

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