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Old 06-25-2004, 11:39 AM
Franz Franz is offline
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Here's a 4 foot brake I cobbled together for doing some body pannels.
I sort of purloined a lot of the design, and stuck it together with what I had available.
After fabbing the hold down, I faced it on a Bridgeport for maximum contact with the stock.
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Old 06-25-2004, 11:45 AM
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Thanks Franz, I want to make one. I made the famous Dan Brake. Being less then a foot long, it use is.....small, (pun intended). Is a 4 foot brake like yours the size I should go with, are you happy with that size? Would you make it a different size, if so, what would you do differently.
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Old 06-25-2004, 02:22 PM
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Pretty darn good "cobbleing".
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Old 06-25-2004, 08:31 PM
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4 feet is all you want to pull on a manual brake, even with body & fender metal.
If I was to build another one, I think I'd go with a hydraulic press brake because it is easier than getting the hinge design right, and has a lot more capacity. One thing I'd definitely do differently if I built it today is not use a damn Bridgeport. The time reclamping everything was a couple hours cause Bridgeports don't have enough travel. All in all, it ain't a bad machine for what it's intended purpose was.

Since I built that one, I came into a nice 30" finger/box brake, so the 4 footer doesn't get a lot of use.
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