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Jaques’ Vagabond I Restoration 30 Apr 2022 23:11 #119814

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I do not have any pictures, no. I guess I got too excited to see what they’d look like. I cut them mostly before I bent them, except I shaped the bottoms of the uprights more to make them fit the flat base and get the windshield angle right.
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Jaques’ Vagabond I Restoration 30 Apr 2022 19:01 #119806

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JP. Do you have any pics after you bent but before you filed and sanded?
Did you cut after you bent?

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Jaques’ Vagabond I Restoration 30 Apr 2022 14:23 #119798

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That part was pretty basic. I essentially heated the metal and then just bent it in very small increments with a bench vice( with soft jaws) and a plastic hammer (learnt the last part from Ray). I also used a metal pipe as a form. If you do a little at a time and bend in various positions you barely get fold lines and the ones you do get you’re able to sand and file out.
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Jaques’ Vagabond I Restoration 30 Apr 2022 04:22 #119794

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Jigsaw & file… but how’d you get that bend that’s what I need to learn beauty!! Share that part ..
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Jaques’ Vagabond I Restoration 29 Apr 2022 21:34 #119788

By the way, I usually have plenty of 5052 which would be even better and welds great.
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Jaques’ Vagabond I Restoration 29 Apr 2022 16:56 #119785

That’s what I do, jigsaw and file and sand, a bit time consuming if it’s a big part.
You might want to try 6063 Aluminum it would be easier to work and will bend further before it cracks. It’s limited in how big a piece you can get in plate but angles and other shapes are available.
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Jaques’ Vagabond I Restoration 29 Apr 2022 12:42 #119781

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Hey Ray,
I use a DeWalt battery powered jigsaw with a pretty fine blade. It works great, but requires some filing to get the edge just right. 

It’s 1/8” thick 6062 aluminium. I annealed it to get it to bend a little easier. I also made sure my grain is reasonably inline with the bending.
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Jaques’ Vagabond I Restoration 29 Apr 2022 10:47 #119780

Great looking work, what do you use to cut the Aluminum and how thick is it?
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Jaques’ Vagabond I Restoration 29 Apr 2022 00:46 #119773

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Tonight I cut and bent the pieces. We’re ready for welding!



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