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Beader - Modified

Postby planecrazzzy » Sat Mar 15, 2014 11:05 am

Hey Guys,
This is a COOL tool when working with aluminum...

Even the simplest overlaps can make it look professional ...

I modified a few things on it... I made a cover over the gears for safety.

I bolted a "tab" on it for putting it in a Vise...

and I made a rack to hold the different sets of dies...

But the most useful Modification was changing the "Crank" handle to a "Wheel"

I found myself in awkward positions while holding a long piece and cranking it through...

The wheel enables you to stand over your piece , and operate the beader more efficiently.
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Here's some pictures of the mods...
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Gotta Fly...
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Beader- turning wheel  (1).jpg
Beader- turning wheel  (2).jpg
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Re: Beader - Modified

Postby planecrazzzy » Sat Mar 15, 2014 11:10 am

In these pix , you can see all the mods I was talking about...

About the only thing I need to do , Is make a "T" handle for the tension adjuster nut on top.
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Gotta Fly...
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Beader- turning wheel  (4).jpg
Beader- turning wheel  (5).jpg
Beader- turning wheel  (6).jpg
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Re: Beader - Modified

Postby planecrazzzy » Sat Mar 15, 2014 11:21 am

I'll post a few examples of the pieces I have used this Beader on...

In these pictures... You can see the Rounded beads to strengthen the side of the fuel

tank from "Oil Canning"...

and in the same picture I'm bending over the curved piece's "Edge"...

Another one , I put a "Step lip" on the cowl... this slips under the Nose Bowl...

That lip was also hit with a "Shrinker"... But that's a different tool....
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and the other picture is the Lower Cowl.... this is where the upper half Overlaps it...
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Fuel Tank (12).jpg
Cowling 024.jpg
Cowl Lug drilling (2).JPG
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Re: Beader - Modified

Postby planecrazzzy » Mon Mar 17, 2014 3:22 pm

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Here's an example of Stretching to crank the thing while trying to keep the material

on track... It's hard to follow the line , hold the piece , and crank at the furthest point...
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The Wheel lets you stay on top of your work... right where the line meets the dies...
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You can see, not all parts can be supported with something...

For instance, The Cowling was a pretty awkward piece to hold during the Bead process.
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Gotta Fly...
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Cowling getting screwed on (03).JPG
Side Panel 004.jpg
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Re: Beader - Modified

Postby planecrazzzy » Thu Mar 01, 2018 2:00 pm

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Finally found a use for the handle that came with the Bead Roller.
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I used to have the dies hanging on the wall in a rack I made...
But since the "move" , it hasn't found a home.
Well, The handle acts like a Kickstand.
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Gotta Fly...
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zBead Roller handle finally used (1).JPG
zBead Roller handle finally used (2).JPG
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Re: Beader - Modified

Postby planecrazzzy » Wed Nov 06, 2019 1:02 pm

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Sometimes you have to step back and look what your doing.
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OK... I had a small vise grip holding the adjustment screw...I've done it for yrs.

Hmmm, Just a quick hole...and I can slide a rod thru it.

Propane torch heated it enough to peen the ends.

There's never much pressure when adjusting is needed , but a wrench can still be used

Gotta Fly...
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Beader Mods (1).JPG
Beader Mods (2).JPG
Beader Mods (3).JPG
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Re: Beader - Modified

Postby planecrazzzy » Wed Nov 06, 2019 1:10 pm

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Since I was in the neighborhood...Another bolt could use some quick action.
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This bolt holds the block...Which needs to be loose when the adjustment screw is set...Then snugged down to secure the block again...

So BOTH screws are more convenient to have these quick snug clamps...and a wrench still fits if needed.

Gotta Fly...
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Beader Mods (5).JPG
Beader Mods (6).JPG
Beader Mods (7).JPG
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Re: Beader - Modified

Postby planecrazzzy » Wed Nov 06, 2019 1:24 pm

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Don't get me started.....

Ok... as I said...Step back...

I was looking at the beader... You know...If I move the Wheel shaft ( Longer ) to the TOP I think it would FEEL more natural when operating...
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WAIT...

I can FLIP the Beader over...This will put the longer shaft (Wheel ) on TOP...
Now the Wheel works with the top die...Hmmm, feels great.

And about the adjusting screw... It works in this direction...The other way was upside down , You had to hold it up and tighten the block

All my other pictures Have it with the Back side facing me... Not anymore.

I think they had a box of parts , and did there best to put it together...

Sometimes these tools are just good BASES to start from... make them fit and perform for YOU. ( B Ewe )


Gotta Fly...

My Gear Guard still worked when I flipped it over.
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Beader Mods (4).JPG
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