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Old 02-25-2012, 08:19 PM   #1
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Default My take on an English wheel

I was given a partially completed wheel frame by a good friend. I decided to reshape it a bit, and although I have no use for a wheel this large, I couldn't see the point in cutting the frame down.
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Old 02-25-2012, 08:25 PM   #2
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Default Re: My take on an English wheel

I decided that because the frame was this large, if I made the front face flat and parallel, and if I bolted the wheel components to the frame, then I could use the frame with interchangeable tooling. A louver tool and planishing hammer are two possibilities.
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Old 02-25-2012, 08:27 PM   #3
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Default Re: My take on an English wheel

I have incorporated some cast iron wheels from an old floor jack in the rear, so the frame is movable.
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Old 02-25-2012, 08:35 PM   #4
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Default Re: My take on an English wheel

With the frame complete I started on the wheel components. The lower housing is trailer hitch receiver tube. The height adjuster is from an old vise and I will replace the handle with a wheel at a later date.
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Old 02-25-2012, 08:41 PM   #5
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Default Re: My take on an English wheel

The lower wheel mount I fabricated with a quick release. The riser blocks are aluminum, I'll see how they go, I may have to make them from something else. The anvil wheels were purchased complete with bearings and shaft from "Metalman Tools" here in Australia.
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Old 02-25-2012, 08:45 PM   #6
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Default Re: My take on an English wheel

The upper wheel is a cast iron dumpster wheel that I refaced and polished. Test run on a piece of aluminum scrap and all seemed well, time for paint.
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Old 02-25-2012, 08:51 PM   #7
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Great sturdy design and fabrication....size of unit, wall thickness of material ?
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Old 03-02-2012, 10:31 AM   #8
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Default Re: My take on an English wheel

Main frame is made of 3 x 4 with 1/4 inch wall, everything else is what ever I had laying around, which is why the upper and lower braces are a different size. Glad you like it.
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Old 03-02-2012, 12:53 PM   #9
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nice look and design!!
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Old 03-02-2012, 09:43 PM   #10
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Looks Great. Not an item you use often but they are an excellent tool for those curvy body work jobs.
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Old 03-03-2012, 01:12 AM   #11
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Nice, thanks for the supplier tip too.
Wondered if you were Aussie when I spotted the colouring on the Argoshield bottle.
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Old 03-03-2012, 01:46 AM   #12
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Excellent work! I'm sure it will serve you well for years to come
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Old 03-03-2012, 02:07 AM   #13
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Nice work! I like the changes you made. Seems like it would make it a hell of a lot more useful.
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Old 03-03-2012, 09:22 AM   #14
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Very nice!
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Old 03-03-2012, 03:53 PM   #15
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That's one great feature of automobiles -- hard to see both sides at once, so there's no need for perfect symmetry ;-)
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Old 03-03-2012, 05:27 PM   #16
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Great job and great design. If you don't mind me asking, how much $$ in material do you think you have tied up in it? I know you said some of the material you had laying around but if you had to take a guess. I've been on the fence about purchasing one for quite some time but have often thought about just building one. I've got a friend that has one of the HF specials and he can't stop complaining about it, and I just can't justify spending the $$ for one of the real quality units.
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Old 03-05-2012, 07:35 AM   #17
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Default Re: My take on an English wheel

I'm from Australia, so the dollar value doesn't really equate, I only bought one piece new ( the front leg ) everything else I already had. A few mates give me their steel left overs, because they know I'll use it, I even search though the scrap pile at the steel shop. Once it's cleaned and painted it all looks the same. I make my own stuff for my enjoyment, more than saving money, and it's fun to make something useful from scraps.
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