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Sheet Metal Fabrication: Basic Machines & Techniques - Shaping A Motorcycle Gas Tank - Eastwood

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In this video, legendary metal shaper and fabricator Ron Covell shapes a motorcycle gas tank using nothing but Eastwood products, while explaining the tips and tricks he uses in metal fabrication. Not everyone can make it to SEMA, so SUBSCRIBE for future SEMA videos! LINK TO BUY ENGLISH WHEEL: https://www.eastwood.com/benchtop-english-wheel.html?utm_source=youtube&utm_medium=annotation&utm_campaign=2014-12-16&utm_content=english%20wheel LINK TO BUY SHRINKER STRETCHER COMBO: https://www.eastwood.com/shrinker-stretcher-combo-set-two-bodies-two-jaws.html?utm_source=youtube&utm_medium=annotation&utm_campaign=2014-12-16&utm_content=shrinker%20stretcher FEATURED PRODUCTS: - English Wheel Bench Top Item #14156 - Bead Roller Kit - with Mandrels Item #28187 - Shrinker/Stretcher Combo Set-Two BodiesTwo Jaws Item #51088 - Panelbeater Sandbag And Teardrop Mallet Kit Item #28045 - Versa-Bend Sheet Metal Brake Item #14042 In this video, legendary metal shaper and fabricator Ron Covell shapes a motorcycle gas tank using nothing but Eastwood products, while explaining the tips and tricks he uses in metal fabrication. Not everyone can make it to SEMA, so SUBSCRIBE for future SEMA videos! Are YOU an Eastwood Guy? Since 1978, Eastwood has been supplying products to people who want to do the job right. Eastwood offers a complete line of hand tools, welders, plasma cutters & accessories, metal working tools, powder coating supplies, paint and paint guns, specialty paints and hard to find products - all for the DIY-er. Eastwood has all the tools and supplies you need to restore your car, motorcycle or truck. Visit eastwood.com today.
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Erasmus Joha (20 days ago)
Evening how are you can you len me
David Wright (2 months ago)
So this is basically black smithing.
Lack of Focus (2 months ago)
Really cool and educational. I need to put these tools on my list.
Joe Bem (2 months ago)
Great craftsmanship! How would I shape tetrahedron shaped protrusions edge and point to point and edge on a metal flat disc?
stephen kosloff (3 months ago)
dolly thanks x
stephen kosloff (3 months ago)
hi - fantastic - whats the bit of kit in the vice - the former ?
Alan Fitzgerald (5 months ago)
This guy is super skilled. I would hate to be his apprentice though lmao
Mr. Kitty (6 months ago)
What gauge? What type of material?
SCuba Do (6 months ago)
SCuba Do (6 months ago)
He's using his ears too. I want to know what tones he is listening for. Also the vibration or touch and together is whats giving technique. Also the spoon he slaps with need more info on that
SCuba Do (6 months ago)
stuarth43 (10 months ago)
very lite metal, i work i/8th to 1/4, can to point me to a shrinker
Eastwood Company (10 months ago)
stuarth43 (10 months ago)
i am a yachtbuilder, please point me to where i can buy that shrinker, thanks
Eastwood Company (10 months ago)
Here are a few options: https://www.eastwood.com/metal-fabrication/shrinker-stretcher.html
to hit in one side of the envil is not a good job !
CDNBaconRich (1 year ago)
Mr. Tattoo is a bit of a distraction.
Unconventional Jack (3 months ago)
CDNBaconRich How come?
NevaehBeatez (1 year ago)
Didn't watch the whole thing because I don't have the time, but if it's this easy to bend and shape, what prevents it from being damaged when in use?
Ad Digital (1 year ago)
IanGeorge88 (1 year ago)
Always a pleasure to watch a master craftsman - its metal poetry in motion
Anthony Heinig (1 year ago)
I would like to be his student)
mohsen J (1 year ago)
Great job , thank you
G (1 year ago)
U sr are an artist a picaso a davinchi
TommyTwobats (1 year ago)
Can you just braze these joints and will they not leak?
justin elliott (1 year ago)
Such an inspiration
mjm McG (1 year ago)
Ron explained showed clearly what can be accomplished with using basic hand tools, patience and a plan how to form a panel using shrinking, stretching, and bending. Excellent reference video!
OVERBOSS 31 (1 year ago)
i am french ,and i think it's damage we have not professor like you in french hardware school,this method to work all whit only your hands it's great and when i see the result so fast it's awesome,thank for this video (sory for my english)
Mercmad (2 months ago)
Yet some of the greatest car body builders were French. A great shame that recognition of their skills was not recognised and taught to younger people.
Twenty Six (7 months ago)
Ralph Valkenhoff (1 year ago)
He mentioned aluminum bodywork on dragsters, is it a good metal to use on street car bodywork? Can you mate it to existing steel bodywork? Electrolysis?
Golden Sim (1 year ago)
Thank you very much , great teacher , enjoyable video , i leave wiser :)
Sharik Nagina (1 year ago)
i like you sir
UreaSmith (1 year ago)
That job requires lots of patience.
Juhani Virasjoki (1 year ago)
Bipin Pariyar (2 years ago)
Man of steel
stringmanipulator (2 years ago)
Great and educational video !!
Tomasz Jałowiec (2 years ago)
Pleasure to watch
Dawn Benoit (2 years ago)
Have you ever fabricated a motorcycle gas tank for a electric bike before
Matt Vandart (2 years ago)
That was awesome, I can't believe some people gave it a thumbs down, weird
ChannelWes (2 years ago)
Some people don't like when "good work" looks like "hard work"
Dan Walter (2 years ago)
Thanks Ron for an excellent video. I always enjoy your articles and seeing the great work you do.
Rômulo Rivetti (2 years ago)
He's a master!
Mehrdad (2 years ago)
it was Awesome.thanks
mikexhotmail (2 years ago)
I can listening and watching him all day <3
Jon Ivan Art (2 years ago)
Awesome! Thanks...
Frank Reading (2 years ago)
Im a sheety of 20 yrs n bently restorer and i know you arent meant too choke up on a hammer like that !!!
Robert Tinsley (2 years ago)
This video makes me want to go to eastwood and check out the catalogue. Great marketingQ
Herpa Derp (2 years ago)
Somethings wrong with the camera filming these videos. Im getting buzzing on one video and a loud tapping noise on another. Its not on my end either.
Max Nguyen (2 years ago)
Thurman Jenner (2 years ago)
The reason to hammer using a glancing blow as to nailing has to do with how the energy of the blow is delivered. When hammering using a glancing blow nearly all the energy of the swing is released into the metal and not into the arm of the fabricator. When hammering up and down as one would when nailing, a significant portion of the energy is displaced into the fabricators shoulder thus making the work more exhausting .
Bob Is The Builder (1 year ago)
Thurman Jenner I've found that A glancing blow and striking with a blow that allows the hammer to recoil also moves metal in the direction your hammer travels.
Alf Red (2 years ago)
I really like this guy. Can't wait to start my project.
Norma Rengkuan (2 years ago)
SteeVeeDee (3 years ago)
Watching this as a complete novice I could still follow it and make sense of it all. Fantastic tutor. Needs a better cameraman though!
1936_CAT22 (3 years ago)
+Steve Dixon He did have trouble getting the sound levels right at times, but did good overall. I give him an 8.5/10. Camera work in a setting like this is not easy....... try it some time!
tom thompson (3 years ago)
that is easily the best video ive ever seen on metal forming , the cost effective way. a huge amount of information shared , and a great insight into what can be done with simple hand tools.
zincmaster 95 (3 years ago)
Sir Can I apply with you as a personal assistant ?
Paul Davis (3 years ago)
I swear I thought that was Saul from Homeland with a new hairdo!
bookoobeans (3 years ago)
Great demo, Ron seems very knowledgeable and a great presenter. Thank you!
Full Metal Jacket (3 years ago)
great video I like the info given by the speaker he seems really knowledgeable
Webb walle (3 years ago)
+MrFakit He is the metal GOD!!
MrFakit (3 years ago)
+Megan “rebelyelp” Welsh He is the legendary Ron Covell, check out his channel
Muhammad Iqbal (3 years ago)
Guy Van Brussel (3 years ago)
I like his haircut,....
John Webb (2 years ago)
Guy Van Brussel its like he did a comb over but the opposite, kind of cool haha
AD S (3 years ago)
What's the flat red tool he's using? Is it a proper metal working tool or is he improvising?
Eastwood Company (3 years ago)
+AD S It's a Dinging Spoon, which is available at Eastwood. Eastwood has a full line of quality Fairmount Hammers and Dollies, including specialty tools like the dinging spoon.
Azees Barveen (3 years ago)
this is the best ever see first time i can say good perfect learning from u sir i am happy to watch this ........................thank u so much.....thank u
deepinder cheema (3 years ago)
How long would it take to make the illustrated tank at your professional speed?
kurt dilger (3 years ago)
+deepinder cheema
Roy Telling (3 years ago)
Hie Ron this is the first time I have seen it this and I do like it because this is the first time i have seen a video using only hand tools I been in the metal industry for only 38years but still enjoy my work and like trying new things so my plan is now to make my own petrol tank for my chop I am making
Laika (3 years ago)
hello, what is the thickness and type of aluminium you use ? thanks
Laika (3 years ago)
+Antonio Brown yes. thnx
Antonio Brown (3 years ago)
+Ivan Lajs I think he said 16 Gauge, 3003 Aluminium.
Larry Laing (3 years ago)
rmgravley (3 years ago)
Do these processes and tools work the same on car body metal?
McElhinney65 (3 years ago)
I have several of Ron's DVDs. In addition to being an amazing metalman he seems a very nice guy.
MarryDoYouWanna (3 years ago)
He's pretty good , too bad the guy that taught him didn't know proper terminology. He is work hardening a process that is part of annealing .(Annealing is a chemical process) .  Anytime you work with metal it is considered annealing . Hot or cold .  He dosnt use dead on blow because he will stretch the metal , the glancing blows are meant to shift the molecules in the metal .   CP Collision .
MarryDoYouWanna (3 years ago)
Aluminium also has the added benefit of forming pin grain boundaries. I stand corrected , I work mostly heavy collision repair . lots diff kinds of exotic metals , u know martinized different kinds of HSS where its just molecular . So dealing with the grain is actually understandable . But ive never heard it described that way . thx
deepinder cheema (3 years ago)
+MarryDoYouWanna No I don't. molecules make up the crystal grains which is the structure of the metal. You may move the molecules but it makes better sense of grainstructure which contributes to the characteristics of the metal.
MarryDoYouWanna (3 years ago)
what grains ? u mean molecules
deepinder cheema (3 years ago)
+MarryDoYouWanna CP collision? You mean crushing the grain structure?
poolkrooni (3 years ago)
Not perfect, but pretty good.. Just joshin' - awesome video, Ron!
Tyran Luzzi (4 years ago)
What a pleasant man, great to watch. Thank you.
Peter Tommasini (4 years ago)
Well done Ron
Gary Rubino (4 years ago)
Its guys like this you just cant help but to watch and listen. Ron is truly a talent everyone should watch and learn from especially us younger guys n gals
Part-Time Fabrication (4 years ago)
Always a pleasure to watch Ron Covell do his magic.
Eastwood Company (4 years ago)
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