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Does anyone have a sheetmetal fabrication equipment?

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    Backwoods lobster boy number9's Avatar
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    Does anyone have a sheetmetal fabrication equipment?

    Specifically a bead roller. They look like this:



    Or a sheetmetal brake...

    Thanks!

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    Re: Does anyone have a sheetmetal fabrication equipment?

    Oh boy. What do you intend to use this complicated equipment for? Do tell...

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    Re: Does anyone have a sheetmetal fabrication equipment?

    I have both although I lent my brake to a family member. The bead roller is in my shop in Pawtucket, ri. What are you looking to do?

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    Re: Does anyone have a sheetmetal fabrication equipment?

    Quote Originally Posted by xxaarraa View Post
    Oh boy. What do you intend to use this complicated equipment for? Do tell...
    It's for my '69 El Camino. It needs new floor pans (which I can buy) but it also needs some random support pieces (which I can't). I'm talking a welding course now so I'll start with the basics, but I might need some sheetmvetal tools that they don't have at the Artisan's Asylum.

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    I have both although I lent my brake to a family member. The bead roller is in my shop in Pawtucket, ri. What are you looking to do?
    Here is a support panel for a '67 El Camino:



    Unfortunately they don't make them for 68-72s, which means I'd have to fabricate something that achieves the same outcome. In this case, it's part of the structure that holds the truck bed to the frame. Mine is really rusty and probably too far gone to save. I'd get a photo if the car wasn't buried under 6' of snow...

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    Re: Does anyone have a sheetmetal fabrication equipment?

    I could help you, but that is a complicated enough piece I would have to charge you. For about the same amount you could buy a bead roller. I seem to recall the harbor freight one is cheap, and only needs some relatively simple reinforcement to work well. There are some other choices available for a little more.

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    Re: Does anyone have a sheetmetal fabrication equipment?

    Quote Originally Posted by rg500 View Post
    I could help you, but that is a complicated enough piece I would have to charge you. For about the same amount you could buy a bead roller. I seem to recall the harbor freight one is cheap, and only needs some relatively simple reinforcement to work well. There are some other choices available for a little more.
    For one, I wouldn't bother cutting and fluting (term?) all the holes. I would just do it with a simple piece of sheet metal and think it might need a bead to stiffen it up.

    I can't find a bead roller on HF's site..?

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    Re: Does anyone have a sheetmetal fabrication equipment?

    Edit: Bah, got the year wrong... never mind.

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    Re: Does anyone have a sheetmetal fabrication equipment?

    They used to sell one.

    WFBR6 - Woodward Fab

    I have never used this one, but have heard decent things about Woodward fab. It is very similar to the one I have.

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    Re: Does anyone have a sheetmetal fabrication equipment?

    Better quality tool, perhaps?

    Baileigh Bead Rollers | Baileigh Industrial

    The Woodward one doesn't look too much different than a Horror Fright one, which are known for lasting for about 1/2 of your first operation.

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