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AWM 12-04-2017 02:00 PM

caddy roadster (not what you may be thinking)
 
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I teach at a high school tech center
We have currently started a project that will require a good bit of sheet metal fab. I have used this sight before showing students in my collision repair class ideas on shaping and creating patch panels.
We recently finished a cool project that got us grant money that we purchased some basic sheet metal forming tools. We now have a hand shrinker/stretcher, bench shear, shot bag with mallets, throatless shear, bead roller, tubing bender and notcher. We also have access to our HVAC shops stomp shear and 6 foot finger brake. I plan on covering basic sheetmetal techniques with my seniors.
Our current project is a Ed Roth inspired caddy roadster. I recently obtained a roached 1964 caddy from our local scrap yard. Our plan is to blend the front fenders with the rear QTRs to form a unique roadster body. The fab work will include a integrated chassis/body structure and custom interior and roof. It will be a finished painted car. (hopefully)
Here is a picture of the drawing of what we plan to build along with some initial mock up photos

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AWM 12-04-2017 03:23 PM

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the plan is for something close to the Lunar Lander and this concept drawing.
we have also discussed building a bubble top. We are still in the planning stages. We are currently working out how to blend the QTRs and fenders together. We plan to blend the fin into the top of the fender and fade the fender styline into the QTR. Then raise/section the lower portion of the fender and fab a panel to blend this new lower fender section into the QTR.
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we're not scared of crazy projects, we shortened a full size bus 82 inches and slammed the crap out of it last year

hot rivet 12-04-2017 04:18 PM

That looks pretty cool! is the front end going to be fitted with a single twin headlamp in the centre and the wings pinched together like an old hot rod. or is it just the perspective of the picture?

onya 12-04-2017 05:09 PM

I like this, hurry up and get a frame under it.

Larry4406 12-04-2017 06:42 PM

Awesome that shop class and automotive is still being taught somewhere!

I like where this project is going. Congrats to you and your students.

crystallographic 12-04-2017 07:56 PM

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Originally Posted by AWM (Post 141840)
I teach at a high school tech center
We have currently started a project that will require a good bit of sheet metal fab. I have used this sight before showing students in my collision repair class ideas on shaping and creating patch panels.
We recently finished a cool project that got us grant money that we purchased some basic sheet metal forming tools. We now have a hand shrinker/stretcher, bench shear, shot bag with mallets, throatless shear, bead roller, tubing bender and notcher. We also have access to our HVAC shops stomp shear and 6 foot finger brake. I plan on covering basic sheetmetal techniques with my seniors.
Our current project is a Ed Roth inspired caddy roadster. I recently obtained a roached 1964 caddy from our local scrap yard. Our plan is to blend the front fenders with the rear QTRs to form a unique roadster body. The fab work will include a integrated chassis/body structure and custom interior and roof. It will be a finished painted car. (hopefully)
Here is a picture of the drawing of what we plan to build along with some initial mock up photos

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WHY NOT !!!
Great idea.
... and encourages design, development, creativity, and the automotive shop skills (aside from CAD 3D printing, machining ...)
Yeehaw!

AWM 12-04-2017 10:14 PM

thanks
Our school has over 600 students
some of our classes include, precision machining, design, welding, automotive, collision, HVAC and electrical

The idea is to build a Roth inspired prototype of what GM may have created.
The goal is to inspire creativity, increase problem solving skills and confidence along with improving marketable skills.
As far as the design, we plan on using all 4 headlights and create a unique "grill", Section the hood to form a removable engine cover and fab the rear body area. The top and interior will probably develop after these aspects are completed.

AWM 12-05-2017 04:19 PM

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Originally Posted by hot rivet (Post 141846)
That looks pretty cool! is the front end going to be fitted with a single twin headlamp in the centre and the wings pinched together like an old hot rod. or is it just the perspective of the picture?

it will have all 4 lights
we plan to pinch the fenders in at the cowl and form a unique custom front
The hood will be sectioned and used as a engine cover and top of this grill area
The front area will be addressed after we figure out the front suspension
We plan on an old school straight axle mounted suicide style like an old hot rod with radius rods mounted through the fender well openings.

Kerry Pinkerton 12-05-2017 05:16 PM

Great project Anthony. Do a search for "Burt Buck". It might help you to design how one panel flows into another. We're only a couple hours apart. If you could make it up this way, I'd be glad to spend some time with you and some of your kids showing them how to shape metal. My stuff is a bit too big to haul down and do something at your shop.

AWM 12-05-2017 09:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Kerry Pinkerton (Post 141873)
Great project Anthony. Do a search for "Burt Buck". It might help you to design how one panel flows into another. We're only a couple hours apart. If you could make it up this way, I'd be glad to spend some time with you and some of your kids showing them how to shape metal. My stuff is a bit too big to haul down and do something at your shop.

wow, thanks
that may just be possible
will definitely look up Burt Buck as well


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