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Do-It-Yourself Flare/Metalshaping DVD

Custom Metal Bodywork #1 DVD is ready for shipping (finally).

Stretching , shrinking, and smoothing sheet metal using simple tools and techniques.

Make fender flares by stretching the existing sheet metal.

Make flares from scratch using roll-forming.

Learn how to use a hammer and dolly.

Use a shrinking disc for custom shaping and metal-finishing.

Homemade tools, and using air tools to speed things up.

A little bit about design and using templates, and flow strips.

The main focus is on the Porsche 914, and the Karmann Ghia, but these techniques will work on a lot of different cars.

The DVD is $40 delivered in the US. It comes in a simple DVD sleeve to keep packaging and shipping costs down.

A small percentage of DVD players will not play DVD-R, but DVD players are cheap these days. If there is enough interest, I will make VHS tapes available as well.

Thank you for waiting for this DVD. I have complete control of Custom Metal Bodywork #2, so it should be available this summer. This is my first effort at video, so please forgive minor glitches in the video. Hundreds of hours went into making it.

Custom Metal Bodywork #2 will go into more detail on scratch built flares, showing more techniques for bending solid stock and tubing for edge structures, roll-forming metal over your leg (#1 has some of this) or a saw horse, stretching and smoothing metal off the car to speed up custom work. We will branch out to other custom projects that will help you make almost any body modification you desire.

Also in the works over the next year or so: A DVD on body work /dent repair, fixing oil-can dents, and metal-finishing for the do-it-yourselfer. Let me know if you are interested. Lots of interest will speed up the project.

I accept paypal using my email address: ghiafab@msn.com or a check made out to John Kelly:

John Kelly
13112 3rd NW
Seattle WA
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Here is my album showing a little bit of the work:

http://allshops.org/cgi-bin/community/communityalbums.cgi?action=openalbum&albumid=9980138836765

Thanks, John www.ghiaspecialties.com
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And..

The first picture is roll-forming new metal, the second is flaring using the existing fender with no welding.

John www.ghiaspecialties.com
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Cool. I'll probably buy one from you at some point even if I never do my own bodywork. I just received an Eastwood catalog yesterday and they had an interesting fender rolling tool .
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Hi Alfred,

Thanks! Those fender rollers are a gimmick. You can accomplish the same damage with a base ball bat for a lot less money.

John www.ghiaspecialties.com
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Alfred, I just got the new Eastwood catalog too. What got me was the english wheel and planishing hammer, shrinker and stretcher, and cast forming heads... I racked up a $15K wish list in about 2 seconds.

John, i how long is the video? And, i was giong to make several of my own tools (english wheel, planishing hammer, etc), what are the radius of the different lower wheels on the english wheel?

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Hi Don,

Everything you want to know about english wheels is at:

metalshapers.org albums and the tips page:

http://metalshapers.org/101/index.shtml

metalmeet.com look for Kerry Pinkerton imperial english wheels or something like that. nice looking stuff!

The eastwood english wheel and planishing hammer are a stolen design from a friend of mine...much better vendors on the two web sites above, and on my links page.

My video is one hour and 25 minutes long. You can do metalshaping with a modest cash outlay. I could flare a car with a ballpeen hammer, a shot dolly, a hammer and dolly, and a shrinking disc..less than $200 in tools....provided you have a grinder already.....You can do metalshaping with a claw hammer and turn out beautiful work!

John www.ghiaspecialties.com
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