View Full Version : Panel questions

02-13-2017, 10:59 AM
For anyone that has built their own panel -

I have laid out a new panel for my -11 since I can't leave well enough alone, and one nagging question without running lots of trial tests is regarding the beaded edge on the top.
How much material do I need to allow extra in order to roll the bead on, and did you trim it after rolling the bead, or cut it to size and then roll the bead?

I want to be as close as possible because due to the panel design the material normally cut off may be bent as part of a center section and incorporated as part of the finish piece. If the beaded edge takes too much away I will have to create a second section, which while not terrible may not be as clean as it all being one piece.

Last question is if someone has a photo of the bead die profile they can post, I'd love to see it, since it rolls the bead and a finishing 90 angle. (unless it's simply cut at the end of the bead)

Thanks in advance -


mike mcs repair
02-13-2017, 04:09 PM
you would roll first, then cut would be my guess

mike mcs repair
02-13-2017, 04:12 PM
similar to what i show in this video, just not all the way over


02-13-2017, 04:43 PM
Nice job. There's a few good videos on youtube showing how to roll the wire edge fenders from scratch for the old fords, just like you've done.

mike mcs repair
02-13-2017, 06:01 PM
another way to do that is press it, use a hardwood or corian pattern block with bead cut or raised on it pressed into rubber... with your panel between them

i bout a couple boxes from this guy on Ebay http://www.ebay.com/itm/Corian-HiMac-solid-surface-scrap-material-assorted-colors-ovals-or-rectangles-/221618865027?var=&hash=item3399838383

neat stuff, i use it for making tool and drill holders to...

mike mcs repair
02-13-2017, 06:42 PM
looks like they have blank panels for sale here $50 ?


02-13-2017, 07:16 PM
It's both a custom layout and a custom shape Mike, so I need to bend it up from raw sheet stock. I've got some .050" but I might look at going a little lighter in thickness.