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> Update: Custom Metal Bodywork DVD 1/2 price sale, Flares, dent repair, simple tools and techniques.
John Kelly
post Jan 17 2007, 11:37 AM
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Custom Metal Bodywork is now on sale to the 914 community for $20 delivered. It is just over 80 minutes long. I have re-mastered (for quality and clarity) some of what was in Custom Metal Bodywork #1 (now obsolete) and consolidated it down to about 20 minutes of this video. I've added more simple and advanced techniques and information from what was to be Custom Metal Bodywork #2 ( the rear flare work on Felix's Neo 914-6), as well as a section on making and using a shrinking disc. This makes one very densely packed, tightly edited, and comprehensive metal shaping video aimed at the do-it-yourselfer.

Although the main focus is on making fender flares from existing body panels, or from scratch for the 914 and Ghia, the techniques are universal. Whether you want to make a whole car body, sculpture, fender flares, restoration panels, or learn to fix dents, this video will have something in it for you.

Multiple methods of stretching, shrinking, smoothing, roll forming, making reverses, and contour swapping are shown. Working with solid stock, flat bar, and small tubing to make structures that support sheet metal either permanently, or just during the work. Design work on the fly. Fixing mistakes as part of the learning process.

There is a section showing two ways to make one of the most amazing tools ever: the low crowned shrinking disc. Also a simple to learn method of metal finishing using the shrinking disc that will be of interest to those who want to do filler free dent repair, or metal shaping. Inexpensive ways to reduce the amount of labor involved in hand made parts.

I have developed several new methods of metal shaping that are more intuitive for beginners than what is traditionally taught. The focus is on learning to make what you want, while stimulating imagination and creativity, not spending years collecting tools and information to make things the way they have been done before.

Inexpensive, as well as more exotic tools are shown in use. Ballpeen hammer, shotdolly, shotbag, mallets, hammers and dollies, planishing hammer, english wheel, shrinking disc, palm nailer, edge shrinker, slapper, post dolly are all featured. All you need to get started is about a $100-$200 worth of tools.

I have put the video together with a lot of text on screen to better explain some of what is shown. The video should be watched several times all the way through and then again more selectively, by backing up and watching areas of interest over again to get the most out of the information. I have edited very tightly to make the video as short as possible which makes it less laborious to watch over again. The louder metal shaping portions have the sound levels reduced.

Originally I was planning three videos to cover all of this information. My more recent goal was to put the most information I possibly could into one video. It involved hundreds of hours of work, but I think I have managed it. The DVD was $40 delivered. It comes in a simple, easy to mail sleeve... no fancy packaging. I am available through email to answer questions if something is unclear to you after watching the video.

There is a resource section at the end for tools, and videos by others. Here is an album showing some of the tools and the work involved:

http://allshops.org/cgi-bin/community/comm...d=9980138836765

I accept paypal using my email address: ghiafab@coastaccess.com or your check mailed to:

John Kelly
PO Box 233
Moclips, Wa.
98562

Thanks, John www.ghiaspecialties.com
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John Kelly
post Jan 17 2007, 11:53 AM
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For some reason the pictures got scrunched...click this link instead:

http://allshops.org/cgi-bin/community/comm...d=9980138836765

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Britain Smith
post Jan 17 2007, 01:47 PM
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Man, I wish I had those skills.

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John Kelly
post Dec 15 2007, 01:48 PM
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I have updated the original post to reflect a 1/2 price sale.

Thanks, John www.ghiaspecialties.com
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Brad Roberts
post Dec 16 2007, 07:36 PM
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John,

We will promote in the main garage for you also (IMG:http://www.914club.com/bbs2/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)

Hope all is well (IMG:http://www.914club.com/bbs2/style_emoticons/default/smilie_pokal.gif)



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John Kelly
post Dec 17 2007, 11:35 AM
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Thanks Brad! Everything is great... after 100mph + winds during the big storm. We had no flooding unlike some of the unfortunate folks not too far from here.

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