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Foundation Course - 5 Day Course Overview This course is an introduction to the basic principles of car body sheet metalwork and will give students the confidence to tackle repair work and make small panels. The course is designed to suit all levels of experience and allows for varying degrees of skill. During the course we will demonstrate how to manufacture professionally finished panels with basic tools and equipment as well as using more sophisticated equipment such as wheeling machines etc. There is time available to discuss your own projects. Subjects Covered Pattern Making Measuring and marking out complex shapes accurately. Jig Building Constructing basic jigs and fixtures to aid reproduction of original parts. Body Construction Aligning panels to create flowing bodylines and parallel gaps. Flanging Shrinking and stretching metal to form convex and concave curved flange over basic steel formers using various hammers Forming wired edge of panel using shrinking and stretching techniques with basic hand tools Shaping Forming and smoothing double curvature panels to accurately fit jig Firstly forming panel into wooden block using shrinking technique with wooden mallet to produce compound curvature Smoothing panels over steel dolly or stake with planishing hammer Basic wheeling techniques Butt-Welding Joining thin sheet without overlapping joint or adding filler rod so that seam can be planished to a smooth finish MIG welding structures Annealing aluminium Heat shrinking

Foundation Course - 5 Day Course Overview This course is an introduction to the basic principles of car body sheet metalwork and will give students the confidence to tackle repair work and make small panels. The course is designed to suit all levels of experience and allows for varying degrees of skill. During the course we will demonstrate how to manufacture professionally finished panels with...

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