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Vacuum former 'now with vid'

Postby Dunny1 » Mon Nov 07, 2011 8:48 pm

I'm so excited my vacuum former WORKS.........

First go and OMG it is beautiful, there are a few things I need to do with the mold but :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:

Being on the weekend.....

I will post up the first photo tomorrow then take a vid in the next few days...
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Re: Vacuum former

Postby Overlander » Mon Nov 07, 2011 9:14 pm

Great stuff!
Very interested to see the machine in action.
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Re: Vacuum former

Postby Tzi » Mon Nov 07, 2011 9:28 pm

Whoop whoop!! I'm excited now too!!! :cool:
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Re: Vacuum former

Postby Dunny1 » Tue Nov 08, 2011 8:17 am

Ok there is the first test body & the mold. I need to work on the mold because i had to break the back of the body to get it over the tail lights, but thats only a small alteration. more detail is also required windows doors etc. but thats for the weekend at the moment its play time.
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This is an early photo of the former, There have been a few changes mainly to do with the heaters. I will take a few more detail shots soon.
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Re: Vacuum former

Postby jeffchere » Tue Nov 08, 2011 8:45 am

lookin good :handgestures-thumbup: :handgestures-thumbup:
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Re: Vacuum former

Postby Overlander » Tue Nov 08, 2011 9:51 am

Looks great Dunny, The vac former looks tops and the body looks just like a FB Holden (geez I hope that is what it is meant to be!!) :think:

As you say a bit of tweaking of the mould and you could be straight into production. :cool:

Looks like the plaster mould is a good thing too. Soft enough to work easily, but solid enough to do the job. Wishing now that I had started my mould off the same way. Perhaps my next HZ body (ute, station wagon or panel van) may be plaster, and just mould a copy off the mdf front end that I have made.

Is it possible to heat up sections wiith a heat gun and smooth out creases in places like you have under the headlights??

What material is it?? I'm thinking perhaps stryene coz it is white?? :???:
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Re: Vacuum former

Postby Tzi » Tue Nov 08, 2011 10:17 am

Damn :handgestures-thumbup: ...that body would look awesome as a chop top with full interior!!!
And being styrene, you can cut and glue to your hearts content :clap:
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Re: Vacuum former

Postby Dunny1 » Tue Nov 08, 2011 10:26 am

Overlander wrote:Looks great Dunny, The vac former looks tops and the body looks just like a FB Holden (geez I hope that is what it is meant to be!!) :think:

As you say a bit of tweaking of the mould and you could be straight into production. :cool:

Looks like the plaster mould is a good thing too. Soft enough to work easily, but solid enough to do the job. Wishing now that I had started my mould off the same way. Perhaps my next HZ body (ute, station wagon or panel van) may be plaster, and just mould a copy off the mdf front end that I have made.

Is it possible to heat up sections wiith a heat gun and smooth out creases in places like you have under the headlights??
What i need to do is lift up the mould a little so those ribs form lower away from the head lights and other areas
What material is it?? I'm thinking perhaps stryene coz it is white?? :???:

The material is a styrene type product call HIPS in the commercial industry Im geting it in sheets 1mm thick 2440mm long x 1220mm wide. this gets me 6 sheets to use in the former approx 780mm x 530mm.

And as Tzi said because it is sytrene you can cut and glue what ever you want.
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Re: Vacuum former

Postby ranuki » Tue Nov 08, 2011 4:14 pm

Top work mate, that has come out very well indead. So fine tuning and I am tipping you are going to have some very sweet bodies.

How is the patrol project coming along?

Please bring this lid to the Nav run I am very interested in having a look at it.
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Re: Vacuum former

Postby Dunny1 » Tue Nov 08, 2011 6:58 pm

Hopefully by the nav run I will have the body just about spot on, the Patrol will be next...
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Re: Vacuum former

Postby ranuki » Tue Nov 08, 2011 8:17 pm

Awsome bud, please put me down for a Patrol when you get them done. Very interested in that one, especially if it is dont in the HIPS.

Well done mate, think you are the first on here to do it.
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Re: Vacuum former

Postby Dunny1 » Sat Nov 12, 2011 8:42 pm

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Re: Vacuum former 'now with vid'

Postby Overlander » Sun Nov 13, 2011 7:47 am

It all looks too easy!

Lifting it upseems to have improved things around the headlights and the detail of the windows looks cool.


Top job mate!!!!

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Re: Vacuum former 'now with vid'

Postby ranuki » Sun Nov 13, 2011 7:50 pm

Coming along nicely. Do you have holes through the mold block to assist in sucking it in or just relying on the overall vacum?

I did notice the little pin holes is that what they are for.
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Re: Vacuum former

Postby bush wacker » Sun Nov 13, 2011 11:23 pm

Dunny1 wrote:Here is a video of my former

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... 1o2C0nyvAg

Aren't you gonna be popular :lol: , great work :handgestures-thumbup:
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Re: Vacuum former 'now with vid'

Postby Dunny1 » Mon Nov 14, 2011 8:15 am

Im building an FC Holden hot rod that's what the body is for, I'm so happy it worked so well now i will have to try a few other bodys ( bring on my Christmas holidays)
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Re: Vacuum former 'now with vid'

Postby Overlander » Mon Nov 14, 2011 9:54 am

ranuki wrote:I did notice the little pin holes is that what they are for.


Are they are just bubbles in the plaster??

Either which way you seem to have it working really well so far. :handgestures-thumbup:
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Re: Vacuum former 'now with vid'

Postby steve » Mon Nov 14, 2011 4:04 pm

thats a great effort well done
rest of the car is cool to
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Re: Vacuum former 'now with vid'

Postby ranuki » Mon Nov 14, 2011 8:51 pm

Bush Wacker, I sense that popularity is already growing.
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Re: Vacuum former 'now with vid'

Postby Dunny1 » Tue Nov 15, 2011 8:46 am

Im going back to the patrol, hopefully in the next few weeks i will be ready for the first pull.

I will keep you all posted....
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Re: Vacuum former 'now with vid'

Postby steve » Tue Nov 15, 2011 3:28 pm

cool
hope there will be a single cab
will you be selling these ?
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Re: Vacuum former 'now with vid'

Postby Dunny1 » Tue Nov 15, 2011 3:50 pm

steve wrote:cool
hope there will be a single cab
will you be selling these ?


If they work there may be a few, LWB first
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Re: Vacuum former 'now with vid'

Postby popup » Mon Nov 21, 2011 3:19 pm

If the patrol works out i will take 1 to put with my other patrols.
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