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Forum: Body... Talk & Q&A 09-01-2019, 05:48 PM
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Posted By BigR
Finished bending and cutting the rear bumper. I...

Finished bending and cutting the rear bumper. I had to add more curve outbioard to match the fenders. This time I weighted down the press with a motorcycle jack, concrete filled coffee can and a...
Forum: Body... Talk & Q&A 08-30-2019, 05:49 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,990
Posted By BigR
It took a couple of days to make the patterns,...

It took a couple of days to make the patterns, adjusting and fitting, then removing the old bumper brackets, etc. The prep work, assembling the press, cutting the wood, making the wood triangles,...
Forum: Body... Talk & Q&A 08-29-2019, 09:12 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,990
Posted By BigR
Got the press set up. I used a big block of wood...

Got the press set up. I used a big block of wood for the pressure applier. Hole in the top for a big socket, two layers of foam board on the bottom.

I made a couple of triangle supports for the...
Forum: Body... Talk & Q&A 08-27-2019, 05:23 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,990
Posted By BigR
Update: Made up the form from particle board...

Update:

Made up the form from particle board for the rear bumper. I had to remove the brackets. After much adjusting sanding and cutting I think I have a nice curve pattern.

Just for grins I...
Forum: Body... Talk & Q&A 08-25-2019, 04:19 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,990
Posted By BigR
Yesterday bought the 12 ton hydraulic press at...

Yesterday bought the 12 ton hydraulic press at HF. Went to Home Depot and purchased some 2 by 4s for the outlying tripods, which will support the ends of the bumpers. Push down in the middle and...
Forum: Body... Talk & Q&A 08-22-2019, 08:51 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,990
Posted By BigR
Hi All, Got the bumpers FedEx today. They...

Hi All,

Got the bumpers FedEx today. They are thicker than I anticipated. I don't think there will be a problem of kinking them. Now to get the press and make all the wood blocks, supports, etc. ...
Forum: Body... Talk & Q&A 08-17-2019, 09:55 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,990
Posted By BigR
Keep those ideas coming, all input is welcome....

Keep those ideas coming, all input is welcome. Unfortunately, I don't have any welding equipment, yet. While I was still in Kalifornia I had my brother do all my welding. He's still there.

Might...
Forum: Body... Talk & Q&A 08-17-2019, 11:00 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,990
Posted By BigR
Another excuse to go to HF. appropriate to use a...

Another excuse to go to HF. appropriate to use a Chinese tool on Chinese parts.

Suspect I will find lots of use for this thing once I get it home. Looks like it will take a while to assemble. I...
Forum: Body... Talk & Q&A 08-16-2019, 01:51 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,990
Posted By BigR
That's a good idea. One could just project a line...

That's a good idea. One could just project a line down from the body to the floor using an "L" square. That would establish the curve. If one used butcher paper then would be able to transfer this...
Forum: Body... Talk & Q&A 08-13-2019, 11:50 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,990
Posted By BigR
Here's a quote from the description blurb from...

Here's a quote from the description blurb from one of the suppliers of the VW bumpers. I assume they are all made in the same Chinese "factory", whoever sells them. Even reads like Chinglish!
...
Forum: Body... Talk & Q&A 08-13-2019, 05:03 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,990
Posted By BigR
Here is how I took the excess curve out of the...

Here is how I took the excess curve out of the trunk lid on the Volvo. I cut some wood blocks to support the ends of the lid, following the contours of the edges. Then I used a big padded wood block...
Forum: Body... Talk & Q&A 08-13-2019, 01:34 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,990
Posted By BigR
Well, if I was still in Kalifornia I could...

Well, if I was still in Kalifornia I could probably find a "Cal Look" VW Bug with these bumpers on it. That way one could find out how easy it would be to bend the extruded metal. This would require,...
Forum: Body... Talk & Q&A 08-12-2019, 06:51 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,990
Posted By BigR
How to unbend aluminum bumper

Hi All,

Looking for bumper options for my 544 Volvo "lead sled". The original ones are old, dented, and too big, especially with the overiders. So far I have tried on Morris Minor front and rear...
Forum: Please Introduce Yourself! 07-16-2019, 10:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,380
Posted By BigR
Hi Again, Car is just your standard white...

Hi Again,

Car is just your standard white Volvo, so far. Originally six volt, somebody converted it to a later B20 engine with alternator and Weber carb. I noticed there was no return spring on...
Forum: Please Introduce Yourself! 07-15-2019, 09:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,380
Posted By BigR
Hello from Prescott AZ

Hi All,

I'm a retired guy from Kalifornia now located in Prescott, Arizona. Lots of other ex Kalifornia gearheads here also. I was able to find a house with a big separate garage for my toys and...
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