I like how things are shaping up, and it looks like the pace of the build has been picking up as well! It's looking great.
I was curious whose dimple dies you ended up buying. I am planning on some dimples as well, and have been kicking around whose to buy, so I thought I would ask about your experience. Are you happy with how they performed, and how easy they were to work with? They certainly look good! Did you end up buying a set, or just the couple sizes you used?
Thanks in advance for your help!
thanks Steve. Eastwood has a good set that i've been using. Now I will preface this with this is all new territory to me, but the set has been great so far. I went complete set to open up more options. I think I hit a sale as it wasn't this expensive. They make quality products. You can use a press, however the smaller sizes I used a vice just fine. A home depot metal cutting hole saw kit has all the sizes needed.
That's aviation style dimples, here's the old school hot rod dimple bead, bonus with these as they cut and dimple in one motion. https://www.eastwood.com/eastwood-punch-and-bead-dies.html
I bought their bead roller also, next up is a english wheel i think because that 1/4" aluminum on the trans cover really didn't like the dimples, needed a little pre stretch. It warped just a little bit. I have other than Cobra fabrication ideas in store so I'm going in deep on these tools. If you just need a couple dimples it might be easier to take a 6 pack to the local fab guy. I am enjoying the learning process involved in it though for sure!