Careful removal, template creation

Before everything was destroyed the time was used to make templates of cardboard. You can see such an example in image 1. The two small panels are the lowest part of the walls next to the cooler, they create a small compartment for the cooler. Another two walls, the furthest part of the wheel arches was also created. In image 2 the template is used to mark out the cutting line with a scriber at the old wall.

Template for a cooler wall with two shaped walls.
The template was also used to indicate the cutting lines in the wall.

Another template was created to indicate the profile of the anti roll bar attachment area, image 3. Note the two ball pen lines indicating the nuts for the anti roll bar brackets. The same template was also used to measure the length of the sheet strip needed for the antiroll bar, image 4, by a tape strip. The width was measured by a ruler.

A profile template for the anti roll bar mounting area.
A strip of tape was used to decide a measure. Adhered to the working bench the length of the tape was measured.

After cutting a piece of 1.25 mm thick sheet in the bench shear, the sheet was first bent in the folding machine. The final shape was made by hand, image 5, and checked against the template.

The profile of the part was shaped, partly by hand.

With help of the pen lines two 9 millimeter holes was drilled and two nuts was brazed at the inside, images6 and image 2 in the first blog post.

After drilling nuts was brazed in place.

In the nextstep the transverse box section was removed and the mounting areas at the longitudinal boxes were cleaned up. The cleaning process means that all residues of spot welding was grinded away with the small machine, see image 5:23 A in the book.

Panel Beating Doctor Bengt Blad

At this point in my life when I was about three quarters through the medical schooI I discovered the English wheel and the Eckold machine, and, one thing leading to another - no more time for med school.

More about the book

This book, with around 1,500 pages of reader-friendly text and about as many illustrations, is a summary of 40 years of working with vintage, collectors' and racing cars.