Go Back   The Ford Barn > General Discussion > Early V8 (1932-53)

Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-20-2020, 07:36 AM   #1
Frank Miller
Senior Member
 
Frank Miller's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Auburn, MA
Posts: 1,716
Default Built a louver press

I volunteer at a friend's shop - Wray Schelien Pro Shaper Metal a few days a week to get out and learn some new skills. We built - or overbuilt - this louver press. Pretty much all of it is from scrap he had lying around. Got to use a MIG and TIG welder, plasma cutter, Bridgeport and a lathe. So learning new skills and it's nice to have access to some of this machinery for a few personal projects. I realize this is a bit off topic but there is a lot of hot rod stuff on here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJgIJtUATRs

In case you want to know about the cars in the background. Dick Bear gave these to Wray because his kids had no interest in them and he said Wray inspired him with sheet metal skills.

https://jimsgarage.wordpress.com/201...d-what-is-art/
__________________
“The technique of infamy is to start two lies at once and get people arguing heatedly over which is true.” ~ Ezra Pound
Frank Miller is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2020, 07:55 AM   #2
Mart
Senior Member
 
Mart's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Solihull, England.
Posts: 6,258
Default Re: Built a louver press

Excellent, Frank, that's great. Learnin, learnin, learnin. It's what makes life worthwhile.
Mart is online now   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)
Old 01-20-2020, 09:28 AM   #3
TJ
Senior Member
 
TJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Napa,California
Posts: 4,269
Default Re: Built a louver press

We are never to old to learn something new.
TJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2020, 10:05 AM   #4
Zeke3
Senior Member
 
Zeke3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Columbus, IN
Posts: 177
Default Re: Built a louver press

That is an excellent piece of equipment you guys built. In this hobby, it is great having access to the tools and knowledge to form metal. Great project, now where is that '32 hood that needs more ventilation?
Zeke3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2020, 10:47 AM   #5
big job
Senior Member
 
big job's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Dighton, Mass
Posts: 845
Default Re: Built a louver press

Excellent ; I tried and tried, I die ground male and female's for a week. Intent was my
20 shop press. It did work, but, not, no- where as Sharpe for what I need. So in the
junk pile it all went...Back in my days these guys where all over now gone... sam
big job is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2020, 11:05 AM   #6
nickthebandit
Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 90
Default Re: Built a louver press

When I lived in Connecticut I visited Wray's shop a few times. Wray is very talented, and resourceful individual. I was impressed with his talent, and know-how. I miss not being closer to his shop now.
nickthebandit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2020, 11:37 AM   #7
RKS.PA
Senior Member
 
RKS.PA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Marana, AZ
Posts: 684
Default Re: Built a louver press

Frank, very nice piece of work.....I applaud your interest and motivation in learning/improving your skills.....great source of satisfaction at the end of the day! Thanks, too, for posting this on U tube and the link.

So, are we likely to seem some louvers show up on your "shoebox"????
RKS.PA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2020, 12:27 PM   #8
tubman
Senior Member
 
tubman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Minnesota, Florida Keys
Posts: 5,715
Default Re: Built a louver press

That's all very cool. All I know about louvers is that a guy in high school had 4 rows punched in the hood of his '50 Ford. It looked good, but from then on he had to contend with rusty spark plugs.
tubman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2020, 03:03 PM   #9
4dFord/SC
Senior Member
 
4dFord/SC's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Columbia, SC
Posts: 1,546
Default Re: Built a louver press

FWIW, the going rate was "a dime a punch" back in my day.
4dFord/SC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2020, 04:54 PM   #10
Ziggster
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Ottawa, ON
Posts: 379
Default Re: Built a louver press

I was planning to take one of his father/ child courses this past fall, but I couldn't. Plan on going thus year though. He seems like a great guy.
Ziggster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2020, 05:56 PM   #11
RalphM
Senior Member
 
RalphM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: North Pole, Alaska
Posts: 2,321
Default Re: Built a louver press

That’s really nice, I have one of the Low Buck Tools presses with a shrinker die and was thinking about getting the louver dies for it.
But first I think I want to upgrade my bead roller to power!
RalphM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2020, 07:06 AM   #12
Frank Miller
Senior Member
 
Frank Miller's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Auburn, MA
Posts: 1,716
Default Re: Built a louver press

Quote:
Originally Posted by big job View Post
Excellent ; I tried and tried, I die ground male and female's for a week. Intent was my
20 shop press. It did work, but, not, no- where as Sharpe for what I need. So in the
junk pile it all went...Back in my days these guys where all over now gone... sam
We made the top die and the bottom is just a piece of rubber it presses up against. You need to machine a pocket for it. I made the dies myself except for the final shaping. I'm not a sculptor or artist. We have removable knives that we machined and hardened to a rockwell 60. That was Wray's guess. I set the clearance for 0.004 and we got a nice clean cut. Now to get it painted up.
My idea is to make a modular die adjustable in half inch increments from 4 to 12 inches. Not sure if anyone has ever done that.
__________________
“The technique of infamy is to start two lies at once and get people arguing heatedly over which is true.” ~ Ezra Pound
Frank Miller is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2020, 08:59 AM   #13
GB SISSON
Senior Member
 
GB SISSON's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Orcas Island Washington
Posts: 2,229
Default Re: Built a louver press

Very nice work there Frank! Shaping metal has always been so mysterious to me. The video was so much more helpful to me than the spoken word. Thanks so much for posting!
__________________
'47 1/2 ton pickup next project, '47 one ton panel 99% stock nearing completion, '47 2 ton with 8ba and 9' script stakebed, '46 1/2 ton woodie project,'59 F350 9' flareside pickup with cummins 6at. 'Rusty ol' floorboards, hot on their feet' (Alan Jackson)
GB SISSON is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:15 AM.