Tag Archives: metal shaping

  • Grand National Roadster Show 2015- The year of Bare Metal?

    Our main focus here at Eastwood is to make products that the DIY guy or gal can afford and can produce pro quality work with. In order for us to be sure our products are good enough for you at home, we like to get our products into the hands of high end shops so they can put them to the test. This means our Eastwood "stuff" get used on some pretty high-end vehicles built by these shops. This year the Grand National Roadster Show was chocked-full of EXTREMELY high end vehicles, many of which had Eastwood products used on them! We decided to post up about our three favorite cars by some shops that we're honored to say use Eastwood products in their builds!  Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • How to Build Motorcycle Gas Tank Sides with Ron Covell

    This year he showed how to make a motorcycle gas tank side with a voluptuous compound curved shape using some of the most basic metal shaping tools. In this demonstration he shows how to make the left side of the tank.   Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • How to shave and metal finish your firewall with Empire Fabrication

    Shaving or smoothing the bodywork on a custom car has been one of the most popular modifications since the beginning. Shaving door handles and trim or side marker holes are the most common things to shave on a project car, but close behind that is smoothing or shaving the firewall. Sean of Empire Fabrication has gotten REALLY good at shaving and smoothing cars. So much so that his finished projects require basically no body filler at all and can be primered and block sanded straight away. Sean recently took the time to snap some photos and give us the rundown on how he tackles a firewall shave project. The donor vehicle is a VW Eurovan that he has already drastically customized. So grab a drink, sit back, and watch how to do the job right with Empire Fabrication.  Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • Scratch building a Ford Hot Rod to Scale- Building a skeleton

    Recently product developer Mark R. decided to build a 30's Ford Hot Rod to scale. The process would be fun and it's going to allow him to test a number of the new Eastwood Metal Fabrication tools and accessories we have coming down the pike. We figured we'd document the process and give you some sneak peaks at new products along the way.   Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • Beginners Metal Shaping Project- Making a panel blister.

    Metal shaping is one of those things that seems like black magic to beginners. There really is a science behind the process that takes quite some time to learn and understand. The quickest and easiest way to understand how metal shaping works on the granular level is by comparing it to pizza dough. The more you stretch it out, the thinner it gets and the excess material has to go somewhere (in the pizza's case its the rolled up crust) and the more you shrink the metal the thicker it gets and again it has to "go somewhere". I decided to demonstrate a great beginner project for gaining experience in metal shaping by making a panel blister out of a 12"x12"x12" piece of 5053 .035 aluminum. This process is great to help you understand the process and is pretty straight forward.   Click Here To Read Full Post...