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Old 12-15-2015, 09:56 AM
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Robert,
Your louvers look at least as nice as the ones in the original pre-war Alfa hoods I have here. Very nice!
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For those that followed the Louver job on the 35 Chevy hood sides, Cody Walls (the builder) and Dave Thomas (the owner) will be at the Grand National Roadster Show Jan 29-31. The 35 will be the feature car in The Rodder's Journal booth in building 4, so if you're going be sure to stop by and check out Cody's craftsmanship and attention to detail.. absolutely beautiful car..
TRJ will also have a full feature article in the next issue.

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Well soon after the 35 Chevy returned from GNRS, Cody had it blown apart again to tackle more items on the to-do list.. One of them being inner fenders, which he had asked if we would punch some louvers in those as well. He hand fabricated these parts, seen here:





He had quite a bit of work in these and had suggested shipping them down, but we aren't that far apart so I suggested meeting in the middle to pass off the parts rather than trust them to shipping. So we guessed on Parole, MD as being close to a good midpoint, and picked the Double TT Diner to grab some breakfast and catch up on his trip to Pomona. Kyle and I arrived and had made about one lap through the parking lot when Cody pulled in, so this worked to be a good halfway point between Southern MD and Milford DE.

Here's what we picked up....



This has a tighter radius than what we had done for the hood sides, so for the punch to better follow the contour, or sit perpendicular to the point of punch, we plan on a rotational fixture attached to the linear slide that the "trough" of the inner fender can be rolled from side to side.. More on that to come..
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Nice work . The louvers are looking really good as well
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Thanks Peter! Cody has done some nice work on this car, just glad we could help out with the louvers.


here's a pic of the car last month at the Grand National Roadster Show, in the Rodder's Journal Booth.


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Robert, I am very interested in seeing what you do to put louvers in the new panels. Louvering on a radius is very difficult at least for me.
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Joe, are you also using the Dundar tooling?


For the fixture, plans are to remove the material clamps shown here....






......and replace those with a piece of angle to span across between the two glide blocks. Then onto the angle, bolt on a wheel bearing/hub assembly from a Mini-Cooper, with some smaller material clamps bolted to the front.













These clamps are actually attachment brackets for standing seam metal roof, but as my other clamps are a bit too large, these should fit the bill. Bolt them onto the hub, and clamp the inner fenders in from the end. This should allow us to rotate as we move side to side, keeping the punch perpendicular to the work-piece. I'm sure the punch is also going to get some relieving on the corners to better match the radius of the panel.. That's the thoughts, we'll see how well it works in about a week when all the pieces come in..
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Very cool indeed. The louvres finish the car off nicely - good work!!!
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Thanks Matt!


The Mini Cooper wheel bearing/hub assembly had come in yesterday (looks like this)

....so the first order of business was to void the warranty. Made a trip over to David's shop to make sure the press was still operational, and pressed the hub out of the bearing. We need a flat surface for the new material clamps, so Kyle worked on the lathe to get rid of the excess metal here:


He got this far tonight...



These are the new clamps we'll be using, the single 8mm bolt will connect it to the flange Kyle it working on..



Meanwhile, I cut out the plate to hold the bearing...





The top will be folded 90* and that flange bolted to the top of the glide blocks here...



Once complete this should allow us to rotate the inner fenders as we punch the louvers. Oh, and finally, looking at the bare spot in the floor here....



The English Wheel has left the building. It is headed to a Porsche restoration shop on Eastern shore, should be putting out some 356 parts soon..
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