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    Cheers, Richard

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    • #17
      i do like your attention to detail young lad
      thanks neil

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      • skintkarter
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        Thanks Neil - Its because I'm a grumpy old anal git. Had some great mentors over the years.

    • #18
      Some nice work going on there..... well done !
      Peter T.

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      • skintkarter
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        Cheers Peter. Struggling a bit with the top panel for the front arches, but more Chardonnay and a step back to think. I have to constantly remind myself that where the panel touches the buck and the other bits don't, the touching bit needs more shape... Slowly slowly with something that has very little shape.

    • #19
      I find Everclear works better than Chardonnay.... until I forget what I am working on.

      Looks great, Richard.

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      • #20
        Ran out of talent, so called in the cavalry.

        Trouble with all this metalshaping stuff is that I don't yet have a bank of failures stored in memory.

        My first thought with the guard top was to cut the blank and shove it through the slip rolls to get the rounded shape for the arch, then bend up the back bit to sit flat on the buck where it meets the door post.

        All well and good if there were no shape in the top of the panel.

        The panel actually has a flat bit under the bonnet and then the outside angles down to give a bit of shape to the flare. Probably a good 10 mm overall.

        Hmmm... Okay so I need to wheel in the centre to raise up the middle and leave the edges down. This starts to work, but the bend I'd put in the rear of the part was locking in the shape.

        Doh!

        Admitted defeat and called in the cavalry in the form of local uber aircraft restorer, Rob McNair. Who of course bowled up in his mint previous 1 owner E-Type done just 60,000 miles and NZ new.

        Pause to vomit.

        Rob quickly assessed the situation, flattened our my bend, wheeled some shape in the middle and then rebent the return.

        Within 45 minutes he had the panel sitting much better.

        Used the big wheeling machine for the lower crown and then the new small machine to stretch the edges of the bend area to effectively raise the centre.

        Doesn't that piss you off...

        I've spent another 2 hours on it creeping up on the final shape and plan is now to trim the outside edge and turn the outer radius.

        Well at least that is the theory...

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        Cheers, Richard

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