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Old 03-23-2014, 02:28 PM
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It looks awesome. Ive been wanting to build one for a few years. My buddy would love a 60s chevy body if you ever sell any.
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Old 03-24-2014, 05:28 AM
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Thanks 2B!

hmmm, might have to try to find a small heater - i dont have anything that little around here...yet! LOL
wonder if one of those little bitty ceramic heaters would work laid on its back like that...

cant wait to see what you do with this thing - whatever it is, it should be good!
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Looks great.
I've thought about building myself one a few times,
but the problem of heating the thermoplastic has always stopped me before I even start.

I can't help but think that more holes of a smaller diameter might work better.
That way there would be more chance of holes under smaller pieces, hopefully giving better definition.
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Thanks for the comments and encouragements all ya all.
@ heartless The small ceramic heater would most likely work with the thinner styrene. Shoot give it a try.
@ jeepman98. Thanks..... I'm looking forward to try and build one now and if it works out, I can see doing a few more. Simple design and its functional. I'm thinking you could build a whole truck Body for under $20 .... Not bad. Its just carving the bucks will be time consuming. But once you have them done, they are done.
I also see a bunch a floor pans, seats, drop beds and inner fenders being made........ SUH-Weeeeet. Thanks again everyone.
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Looks great.
I've thought about building myself one a few times,
but the problem of heating the thermoplastic has always stopped me before I even start.

I can't help but think that more holes of a smaller diameter might work better.
That way there would be more chance of holes under smaller pieces, hopefully giving better definition.
I think your right. Its been said numerous times to drill 5/32 holes. I need to do that as its important right now to place the buck just so in the one I'm using just right so it does pull and form over the piece right. I'll make another and try it out. This is the reason I just love posting these kinda things up. I crave the Ideas and help to make a better what ever it is... Thanks HyperMark. All advice and comments welcome.
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Old 03-24-2014, 06:17 AM
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Oh ya... almost forgot. My father stopped by and we discussed on how to make the Eureka motor to work. All its going to take is a small chunk of PVC pipe inserted into the table underneath that will go down to the original plastic Cast motor Form. Witch I still need to cut and trim out. That way its still contained in the original functional design. Easy peazy.. Just have to do it.
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If you buy styrene from a plastic supplier or sign maker you can get sheets up to 4'x8'... then cut to whatever size you want.
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If you buy styrene from a plastic supplier or sign maker you can get sheets up to 4'x8'... then cut to whatever size you want.
Thanks, I checked on some from the only source we have locally. He has some in different thickness. Didn't give me a for sure price yet and told me to come look. He was a lil suspicious as to what I was going to do with it....LOL. I need to hold off on building the bigger set up for this reason. Can't wait to get at it though. Ah... just getting to many things on my plate. Need to hunker down and concentrate on one thing.....LOL. HELP.. ha
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Hi m8

Looks good and just a useful hint if you find either crisp detail doesn't always come out as you would like or edges are not as sharp as you want, buy a cheap set of wooden clay sculpting tools, and with the vac still on, play a hot air gun over the area and with the appropriate clay tool just work the styrene right into all the crevasses. Your be surprised at how much more detail you can get into a pull than just vac forming alone.

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Old 05-09-2014, 04:41 AM
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Looks good and just a useful hint if you find either crisp detail doesn't always come out as you would like or edges are not as sharp as you want, buy a cheap set of wooden clay sculpting tools, and with the vac still on, play a hot air gun over the area and with the appropriate clay tool just work the styrene right into all the crevasses. Your be surprised at how much more detail you can get into a pull than just vac forming alone.

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Awesome... Very grateful for the helpful hint and your knowledge shared.
I need to get back on this soon. I haven't had much time to chase down the vender for styrene yet, and being spring and clean up is really cutting into my time for the trucks and toys. It really is a great design you have don_jarr. Thanks again.
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This thread was really neat! Did you ever go further with it 2beers?
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Old 12-21-2015, 04:58 AM
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This thread was really neat! Did you ever go further with it 2beers?
I made some some 1960/1966 rear chevy step side fenders from it. last i used it.
I have found out, and like putting the styrene in the oven instead of the little heater. So the flipper door has been removed from box.
I also have a small industrial set up just sitting out in the shop.
Just haven't tackled the project yet.
Trini gave me a source for larger styrene.. Costs money and time.
But not to far out down the road i will be using it more and doing things with it again.
Their just a blast to have and use, Highly recommended.
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Sure am glad somebody posted again.First off,NICE WORK!! Would you like more vacuum,or are you ok with what you have,which sounds like only a vacuum cleaner motor ,sealed to former.If you want more vacuum,I can recommend a book for you,No I'm not part of the company,just a guy with no pics ,building a vacuum former,cuz I want a specific part for a race car that might be bought,but still requires duct tape to solve problem.NOT saying! million dollar idea! Yeah right!
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Old 12-21-2015, 07:02 PM
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I retract nice work,that is AWESOME WORK!You are a buck master!
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Old 12-21-2015, 10:26 PM
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That bed is the Bees Knees! I have been trying to learn more about styrene. I have built a Jeep jk for a customer turned friend that I am going to try to replicate with a new bright body and other parts I've been accumulating.
I am digging the vacuum forming. Btw in the last pic the door looks great. I was concerned about the front post of it leaning towards the rear in an earlier pic. Great work!

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