What Martin gets upto.......

  1. Maxakarudy

    Maxakarudy Member

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    If anybody is really interested in the black art of coachbuilding/panel making, as it has already been mentioned in a few threads over the years that www.mphmotorpanels.com in Cornwall do teach to what ever level you want, inc gas welding aluminium.
    I went there last year for 3 days and learnt the basics, it's not beyond anybodies ability to learn this craft/trade, the more you try the better the results, but expect to make lots of scrap a long the way, the main thing is to enjoy & not get too frustated when things go wrong:thumbup:
     
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  2. Maxakarudy

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    Out of interest here are my wheels, an old cast Edwards & a Cheapanese, both do the job, the small one is great for small parts
     
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  3. Burdekin

    Burdekin Chief Bodger

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    That Edwards wheel has seen better days and is only good for scrap, I'm a nice guy so will offer to take it away for you. :laughing:
     
  4. Burdekin

    Burdekin Chief Bodger

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    Yeah it's really worth doing, also Chris will do a course most likely if you contact him http://www.cccoachwork.com and contour autocraft are supposed to be very good also http://www.contourautocraft.co.uk/auto-contour-wheeling-machine.html
     
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  5. Maxakarudy

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    So kind of you, but I couldn't have on my concience of you travelling a that way for a piece of scrap, I'll leave it out for the gypsys instead:thumbup:
     
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  6. F124nny

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    Some amazing work there looks good
     
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    It's not that far for me, let me know what day you're leaving it out and I'll be there nice and early :hug:
     
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  8. Springerdinger

    Springerdinger memoirs of the mediocre diy mechanic

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    Wow just wow.
    This is why I love cars. Your work is art to me.
    I'm trying to make space for a few more fabrication tools.
    Seeing your work makes me think I need to try harder.
    Awesome thead
     
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  9. 500e

    500e Always buy fire insurance a flood is hard to start

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    Sold our Edwards wheels to a guy in Ireland seemed like a good idea at the time, not convinced he new how heavy they were :D
     
  10. Maxakarudy

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    A bit more panel making, I bought a Jaguar XK120 fibreglass wing to replicate in ali, I also wanted to get to grips with gas welding ali too, it all went pretty well......
     
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  11. atomant48

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    Fantastic work. How many hours in something like that out of interest?
     
  12. Maxakarudy

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    I started it last Saturday, the piece in the first picture took me 8hrs, I would now make it in 2 sections it would take half that time, the rear section I made in 2 pieces took me about 16hrs, today I filed it up & flanged it, that took 6hrs, so about 30hrs.
    There is a rim that goes on the wheelarch made of copper, which I would buy, that would add 3hrs onto it.
    The other skill I'm learning is gas welding, which seems to be coming together now, however none of this straight forward , you just get the edited highlights:D
    I am still learning this craft, so time isn't important, just trying to enjoying the journey.
    Thanks for likes chaps
     
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  13. jpmillermatic

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    very impressive...the time you put in really shows in the fantastic results

    JP
     
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  14. Mark E Making it harder than it needs to be.

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    Wow. Very, very impressive!

    Great work!
     
  15. Maxakarudy

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    Thanks everyone for the encouragement, hopefully all will be for a good cause, as the goal is to scratch build one of these, a proper leaf spring 289 Cobra, I've nearly got all the suspension parts, got the engine, a GRP body to copy, so hopefully will start it this year, watch for updates...
     
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  16. Tinbasherdan

    Tinbasherdan Bodger in chief

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    Beautiful work mate, absolutely outstanding, to my shame, and being a sheet metal worker, I have Yet to play with an English wheel. It's on the to do list, I'd love to be able to use one properly
     
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  17. Maxakarudy

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    Thanks Dan,
    With your skill set, it wouldn't take you long I'm sure, anyone can learn metalshaping, all you have to do is set yourself a really big reward, so all the hard work is worth it, that's my motivation anyway.
     
  18. Tinbasherdan

    Tinbasherdan Bodger in chief

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    Next time I'm passing your way I'll give you a shout ;) maybe exchange some beer tokens for a crash course in wheeling and panel beating
     
  19. Maxakarudy

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    Hi Brad,
    You are more than welcome to drop in, I'll show you what I can, no problem.
    The metal shaping sites, Metal Meet & Allmetalshaping are great forums that specialise in this trade, very helpfull people.
    Btw there is a metalshaping God up your way Andy Kissack, he was instrumental in setting up a restoration/panel beating course up at Leeds College, but he's now set up his own coachbuilding company here....www.andykissack.com
    And this is link to the great man on the Tube...
     
  20. normspanners Member

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    Thanks for that link very interesting watching those vids
     
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