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Old 31-01-2017, 05:13 PM
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Join Date: May 2014
Location: Melbourne
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Name: Jason
Day 17

So I made a start on my DSE/Fesler inspired dash insert.

I mentioned a few posts back that I was wanting to have a crack at doing my own (sheet metal) dash insert.

To start off ... I went out and bought myself a nice big sheet of cold rolled steel.
Ended up buying a sheet of 1mm CRS, measuring 2400x1200, for a mere $40.
That should give me plenty of material to play with!

Next on the list was something to bend it with.
I shopped around and found a cheap bending brake for sale via the Supercheap online store.
Picked one up for $133 including delivery.

First step was to take my cardboard template and transfer all of the measurements to steel.

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After cutting out the basic shape (with a fine cut-off wheel in an angle grinder) I christened my new bending brake with the first few bends.

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After a bit of shuffling and mucking around to get the bends done on the shorter section of steel ... I used some broad nosed vice clamps to manipulate the top edge a little.

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With a little gentle persuasion I got the new piece into position in the car.
So far so good ... but the hard bits are still to come.

Here's how it sits at the moment ...

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Next steps will be to have a crack at both end pieces ... then if I get those right ... have a go at welding the bits together.
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