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Old 04-04-2010, 02:17 AM
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Hey Guys, I am still new to this place but I hear you like pictures so here ia a couple of a project I am working on. I want to build from scratch a long travel sand car but for now I have an older VW suspension and powered one. This will have to do for now. I wanted to make some changes to the rear part of the cage so I built my own tubing bender ( got the plans from pro-tools.com for free) and went to work. Here are a couple pictures. I can e-mail you guys the plans if you are interested.
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Old 04-04-2010, 02:19 AM
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I think I have those plans some where myself. I haven't got around to building it yet. (waiting for the right project to justify it). How did you make the dies? Or did you purchase them?
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Old 04-04-2010, 02:27 AM
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Old 04-04-2010, 02:28 AM
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I bought the dies but now that I have one I can make others. They are verry simple. The bender works nice. I had to modify it from the plans to make it work correctly(in my oppinion) It was a simple fix though. I also used only steel instead of aluminum as the prits called for to save $$. I only have $120.00 into it less the dies.
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Old 04-04-2010, 03:57 AM
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i will send a PM as I would like the plans.

I am very impressed with the results. Your shop would compare well with the average SFT shop I have seen. There are exceptions but generally cluttered seems to be the norm.

I did a little of the sand rail thing when I as younger. Now my hobbies are much slower.

Keep us updated on the car. Jerry
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Old 04-04-2010, 11:35 AM
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most of the clutter iss due to the fact that the car is going on a trip starting the 16th of this month and needs to be done. So the thrash is on! I will clean up when I'm finnished. LOL sure I will...
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Old 04-04-2010, 10:07 PM
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I am trying to upload the .PDF of the bender. seems a few of you guys would like to make one.
Mine is a little diffrent from the plans. but it is close there is one change that I would recomend ( i will post pictures soon) what I did is where the folower die passes across the roller I added a flat that holds the follower die flat at 0degrees so the angle of the bend can be measured. otherwise the back end of the follower die kicks up in the back a few degrees making it more difficult to accuratly measure the angle of your bend.
I hope that makes sense for now I will put up some pictures as soon as I can.
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Old 04-04-2010, 11:27 PM
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Cool. Good job, Mike.
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Old 04-16-2010, 12:44 AM
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10:42pm the build is finnished. Get up @ 4:30am for work after work go on sand trip hows that for timming. I will post the finnished pictures on Wednesday when I get back. we will see how it all worked out
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have a good trip.
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