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    great job, love metal shaping, wish i had an English wheel & some stretchers and shrinkers and a pan brake and and and ...

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    Thanks Guys.

    Barnsey, I am hearing you, the art of metal shaping is one that has me hooked. Currently I mostly have home made or hand tools and not nearly enough of those, a shrinker stretcher and an English Wheel would be sweet.

    I am going to attempt a bit more metal shaping on the build, you will know if it works out when you see the pictures, if you never see any pictures you know it was a disaster

    Cheers Andrew
    Why would I buy something for $10 when I can make it for $20

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    HZJ79 Cruiser http://www.4wdadventurers.com/showth...ies-Cruser-Ute

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    best part about metal shaping is if you bugger it up you can start all over again

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    A little bit more metal shaping on my toolbox (still on the first one)

    Sheetmetal in a flat form is not particularly strong and tends to flex and wobble a bit. Add some welding like I did on the toolbox and you can add some warping and distortion to that. Wanting to add strength to the rear section of the toolbox without adding weight, and straighten out a bit of the warping as well as practice a few skills, I decided to put a X shape rib or bead in the rear. Doing this with a bead roller before bending would have been ideal, if I had a bead roller

    So using what I had on hand or what I could make easily and cheaply it was off to work with a lot more hammer work.





    The area of the X rib was limited by the opening in the front of the box and my abilty to access it and swing a hammer. After doing the rib I reckoned it needed a bit more to sort out some distortion on one end, so I machined up a dimpler out of an old truck stub axle I had and put a dimple in one end, which worked really well to stretch the metal where some shrinkage from the welding had distorted it



    And the selction of tools I used to get the job done.



    I will likely try and tidy up a couple of spots when I need some thinking time and am stuck on something, hopefully a new hammer I have ordered will also help tidy up a couple of blemishes.

    Overall I am happy enough for a first try, lets see how toolbox no.2 turns out.

    Cheers Andrew
    Why would I buy something for $10 when I can make it for $20

    2009 120 Prado http://www.4wdadventurers.com/showth...AJ-s-120-Prado
    HZJ79 Cruiser http://www.4wdadventurers.com/showth...ies-Cruser-Ute

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    looking good, you gotta be happy with that

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    Quote Originally Posted by barnsey View Post
    looking good, you gotta be happy with that
    It could have been better but for a learning experience and given it will be under the tray on the rear of the box and really never seen I can't complain

    I got the second one knocked out, finish is about the same but I did it in around a tenth the time, so happy with that





    Cheers Andrew
    Why would I buy something for $10 when I can make it for $20

    2009 120 Prado http://www.4wdadventurers.com/showth...AJ-s-120-Prado
    HZJ79 Cruiser http://www.4wdadventurers.com/showth...ies-Cruser-Ute

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    Great skills.

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    At least once its all finished you will be able to take pride in doing all the work yourself & knowing everything is screwed or bolted together properly not to mention the dollars you are saving,
    I am enjoying this build & learning a lot more about cruisers at the same time

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    Outstanding work mate, really enjoyed this thread.

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    Thanks guys glad you are enjoying it, there are going to be lots more updates before I am finished

    I made the doors for the toolboxes this afternoon, just waiting for the latches and the rubber seal to come in order to fully finish them.



    Cheers Andrew
    Why would I buy something for $10 when I can make it for $20

    2009 120 Prado http://www.4wdadventurers.com/showth...AJ-s-120-Prado
    HZJ79 Cruiser http://www.4wdadventurers.com/showth...ies-Cruser-Ute

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