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Old 02-11-2018, 06:29 PM
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Default Fabrication of 7 complete hoods for T57 Bugatti and designing a louvre press

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Old 02-11-2018, 08:23 PM
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Very cool, Jim. This all looks really great.
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Old 02-11-2018, 09:03 PM
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Top work Jim!
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Old 02-11-2018, 11:32 PM
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Excellent seeing all the details.
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excellent build would love to see a video of it in action

thanks for sharing and the detailed pictures


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Old 02-12-2018, 08:43 AM
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Hi Jim

Good to see you are still kicking!

Hoods and louvers are looking great!

Thanks for sharing.

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Old 02-12-2018, 06:42 PM
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Very Cool.
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Old 02-12-2018, 09:14 PM
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Nice machine nice job. Gulley
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Old 02-12-2018, 10:03 PM
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Nice machine and awesome work. The only question I have is do you have a pic of the punch to go with the die. I would like to see how you get the nice clean cuts. The one I made distorts the edges a bit and need a little hammer work before that are finished. Not working on a classic like that but still like to learn when ever possible.

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Old 02-13-2018, 12:24 AM
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The press is powered by an electric over hydraulic pump from my old frame rack which can run 4 10 ton rams. It has a 5" stroke and has a manual release or automatic release. I use the automatic so when I hear it punch through I just release the button. I have a piece of rubber in the female die to limit the depth of the male die. I am using the top guide from Hoosier Profile English wheel to make the dies fit with a close tolerance. The step in the top of hood to allow the hinge was put in with a Delron die on the Pullmax. After making the paper pattern for the top panel I laid it out on the sheet of aluminum and allowed 1/2" more material at both ends and at the center hinge point. This is partly because one side of the old hood tops is 5/8" longer than the other side. By allowing the center of the hood longer I can cut it to fit once the sides are fitted. The dies for the step on the hood was made in Delron however after running a few practice runs I had to make the bottom die in aluminum so the line would be sharp.Name:  2-11-18T57hood 019 Large e-mail view.jpg
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