Video How-to: Hammer Forming Aluminum


Welcome to the latest How-To installment from Jay Roche at Special '79/Barnstorm Cycles. This tech tip is related to their Sportster project, but can be used on anything you might be working with that requires something built out of aluminum sheet.



You can see Part One of the Sportster Project here: Barnstorm Cycles/Special '79 Sportster Project Part 1

and Part Two here: Barnstorm Cycles/Special '79 Sportster Project Part 2

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Commented on 11-19-2012 At 07:01 am

That looks perfect, just perfect!

Commented on 11-19-2012 At 07:39 am

This was a cool video. I was just rereading my Fournier Sheet Metal books and thinking how cool it would be to see someone actually do it, so good timing on this. Nice weld job on that tank by the way, what type of welder did you use?

Is there any good recommendation for a basic set of hand tools for getting into metal shaping? Eventually I'd like to tackle a new tank and fenders, but obviously to start I'd just want to start with some basic shaping.

Commented on 11-19-2012 At 09:54 am

Awesome! 3003? What thickness are you using?

Commented on 11-19-2012 At 11:45 am

Hey guys, yes the material is 3003-H14 Aluminum, and it's .90" thick. Very nice to work with in the annealed state!

The welder I am running(and what welded this oil tank) is the Licolin Precision TIG 225...but Jay runs the Miller Syncrowave200... both are more than ample machines for a job like this.

Commented on 11-19-2012 At 09:41 pm

Sha-wing! Thanks for the tip!

Commented on 11-19-2012 At 10:41 pm

well done !

Commented on 11-20-2012 At 01:01 pm

looks mega, would look cool with some ribs in the end plates, love your work

Commented on 11-24-2012 At 12:20 am

Rad...can't wait till I grow up!

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