Another update this week! Making up for the other weeks when I had nothing to show with all the paint stripping and dipping.
Got more hours in too getting some things done before the metalmeet.
Thought I would make up some profile templates to help as a guide when rolling the roof panel. Just used a shrinker to bend it to the curve I wanted. Did half then traced that so I could make the other half the same.
With reducing the profile at the back earlier, you can see it is pretty similar using the same gauge at the front.
Need a front to rear one as well.
Now you can see how much shape it actually needs
Left to right not as much.
Thought I would do the fill in pieces. I decided to add a inner tube of the top wheel so it would work more as a roller and only bend in one direction. If both the upper and lower are metal, it compresses the metal as it passes through creating a compound curve rather than just bending it in one direction over the lower anvil with the rubber in place.
With the back pretty straight, it worked out nicely just using the upper wheel with the rubber for the whole thing.
The 6mm-1/4" packers are there because the roof frame actually is not flat and is that much higher in the middle. So this makes sure all the shaping will suit the frame profile.
The front is more tricky as will need a compound curve right at the front. I first washed over the whole piece with the rubber upper and my shallowest lower anvil and can see the first part is already the right curve.
The used the next anvil wheel with some more radius and only ran over the bottom 2/3rds. More contact has been made.
Getting close to matching the bottom radius too on that second anvil. So will switch to the third anvil and concentrate at the top of the lower 1/3rd.
So only rolling with the rubber upper in the one direction for the whole thing, the curve is right in this direction.
But if you look along the very front edge you can see it needs more curve to match the panels each side of it.
I made a profile gauge to what flowed along the front of the roof panel. Can see how the middle needs to come forward.
What I did is remove the rubber and using the first lower anvil again, just washed over the first third front to rear, the opposite direction to before. That curved the front nicely to match the profile.
Can see now how it flows better along the front now. Probably not the way it is normally done, but it worked well for me. When I had tried doing the whole piece without using the rubber, I got too much curve left to right.
The two side pieces have also been done and did it a similar way to the front piece as it has curve as well but right across the panel. So the final wash over was done from one end to the other in the opposite direction to the forming with the rubber left to right.
So all ready to do the in fill panel now.