Eddie Mullins

Auto body shop freebies - ideas needed

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OK, I need some help. I had to have a door replaced on our van after a run in with a deer, and since its metal I told the body shop I wanted, even though I wasn't sure what I would actually do with it. Struck up a conversation with with one of the guys, he told me I could take more, actually said they had an issue with the person who normally gets it breaking in, and I think I could get all the doors, hoods fenders, etc I want, but I don't really know what the heck I'd do with them, unless I just traded it at the scrap yard or sold them for scrap. They also told me they do suspension work so I may be able to get some decent stuff there (springs, etc) so I would like to develop a good relationship with them.

 

So, anybody got any ideas for what this stuff could be good for? Hate to turn it down.

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Any sheet metal project would work, Candle pans, candle cups, flowers, etc  You may have to take the sheet metal (you may not have much use for) in order to get the heavy metal that you can use.

 

Grab a car hood as they make great sleds come winter. Stack wood on them and they float on the snow. 

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Glenn's right, car hoods make fine fire wood sleds, Spray it with pledge spray wax and it's really easy to pull.

 

Auto body steel is deep draw and very low carbon so it's easy on the press dies. It makes it easy to form in the shop, need a side draft hood? Something to use for a can weld? Being so low carbon it ought to etch nice and dark.

 

Frosty The Lucky.

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Hey, Eddie-

That's a great contact. You can buy an air chisel pretty cheap and convert all that 'junk' into good stock. I make a lot of roses from the body parts and tools from the suspension parts.

Let it sit in your shop for a couple days and let you mind work on it.

Stock that can get ruined is also a great time to try stuff for 'free'.

Dave

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If you have access to a bunch of the sheet metal, it could dis-assembled to remove the supports and then flattened. Now you have the makings for a tin roof for the smithy. Just use as is or cut it into shingle size pieces. (grin)

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You could try the metal folding technique that I am gettin the sruff together for. I can't remember the guy's name but you could look up metal folding on google.

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You could try the metal folding technique that I am gettin the sruff together for. I can't remember the guy's name but you could look up metal folding on google.

 

That's Fold Forming Todd. the fellow who invented the technique is Charles Lewton Brain.

 

Frosty The Lucky.

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Eddie, As Frosty mentioned this type of steel is "deep drawing".This makes it perfect for repousse/chasing.That type of work is labor intensive,but this is the material you want for it.

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Thanks for the suggestions. My wife has made large flowers in the past and I do need a hood. I only brought home our door, didn't feel pressured to take the other stuff, but didn't want to pass up free metal if it would be worth the effort to haul it home either.

 

I'll have to investigate the fold forming. I actually did some cold work this weekend making a cross shaped "cookie cutter" out of some thin sheet for my wife to use with her clay. I prefer forging, but some times working under the AC instead of in a hot barn can be tolerable : ) .

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Watch out for some of the steel off of the newer cars, it is high strenght stuff, not made to rework, welds like crap acts more like very rusty metal when trying to gas weld.

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