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    Sheetmetal edge trim

    So, sheetmetal edge trim? What should I buy?

    I'm making a bracket to hold up the cold air intake tube on my truck. I'm using 14 gauge steel. Basically, it's just a steel plate that comes straight up with a U cut in it to hold the cold air intake up so the filter doesn't rub anywhere.

    Whatever trim I buy needs to be able to take a bend. The pipe is 4" OD, so I'm going to cut the U 4" plus maybe 1/4" to accommodate the edge trim.

    What do y'all suggest? I'm not going to slit a hose and use that. Functional, but doesn't look good. I thought about thermoforming some PEX, but all I have is red, blue, and white. The red doesn't match my truck (too bright), the blue doesn't match anything in the engine bay, and white would just look dumb. Yes, this actually matters to me.

    I might just make a sort of steel flange and weld that on then put foam tape on it... edge trim is easier.

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    Re: Sheetmetal edge trim

    Get some door edge trim from an automotive store, you can get chrome & translucent/clear & plastic paint it, another option may be saw blade tooth protector, like from a band saw blade, this may not be the best option on 14 gauge, but I may have some laying around. Another option might be split loom for wiring(convoluted tubing), available in a variety of colors and sizes, black is plentiful, but I've seen red, white and blue, 3/8 or 1/2 would likely be ideal.

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    Re: Sheetmetal edge trim

    the stuff from automotive suppliers would work

    i'll see if i have some and snap a pic after lunch
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    Re: Sheetmetal edge trim

    something like this/

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    Re: Sheetmetal edge trim

    Would something like this work? I know it says discontinued on the 1st link but another supplier could have something similar. Maybe a (head) light grommet could be found at Napa or an industrial supply.

    https://www.fastenal.com/product/details/5100315

    https://www.delcity.net/store/4-Inch...97998.h_797999

    https://www.amazon.ca/Grand-General-...034129286&th=1
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    Re: Sheetmetal edge trim

    Quote Originally Posted by Lis2323 View Post
    something like this/

    That's what I was looking at ordering. Didn't know if there was something else better out there. I just came inside. I'll take a picture tomorrow after I get it painted. I just free-handed it with the plasma cutter and cleaned it up with the grinders.

    Side note - sounds like my Dremel is crapping out. I was deburring the part and it started fluttering in RPM. either bearings or brushes. I mean, it's fixable, but maybe this is a good enough excuse to buy a pneumatic micro die grinder.

    Anyway, too hot to go back out there. Had sweat dripping off the brim off my hat, shirts soaked, I even had a fan cut itself off to cool down for a minute!

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    Re: Sheetmetal edge trim

    here you go. i sheared a strip of 14 gauge to try



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    Sheetmetal edge trim

    Darn I just remembered you needed it to follow a 4d U shape

    I will have to try that tomorrow


    Edit. Dont think it will work though.
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    Re: Sheetmetal edge trim

    Quote Originally Posted by Lis2323 View Post
    Darn I just remembered you needed it to follow a 4d U shape

    I will have to try that tomorrow


    Edit. Dont think it will work though.
    Maybe with a bit of heat?

    It might be more like a 4-1/2" or 5" Dia. I opened it up a bit more on the belt grinder when I was trying to grind out a mark from when my template slipped. Then I just kept going. Till I thought it looked aesthetically pleasing. Right proportions and what-not.

    I decided I'm going to use bungee cord material for the hold down. I figure that will compensate for any looseness in the "cradle" that the pipe is going to sit in, plus it'll make it quick, easy, and tool-less to undo it so I can lift the filter up to clean and oil it (its a Spectre filter. Like K&N).

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    Re: Sheetmetal edge trim

    Maybe using a bead roller to form an edge ?


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    Re: Sheetmetal edge trim

    Quote Originally Posted by Lis2323 View Post
    Maybe using a bead roller to form an edge ?


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    well, if I put enough coats of paint on it..........

    I just finished putting about 1/4 of a spray can of engine enamel on it.

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    Re: Sheetmetal edge trim

    Quote Originally Posted by Lis2323 View Post
    Maybe using a bead roller to form an edge ?


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    I was just outside looking at it. What I think I'm going to do is cut a strip of 14 gauge about 5/8 wide and bend it to fit in that "U" part of the bracket and stitch it in.

    Of course I'm going to use the stick welder.

    I'm going to try to get this done tomorrow.

    Hopefully I don't get too busy with other crap.

    I'm pretty sure I have a roll of foam weather stripping with adhesive on one side. If not, I'll just get some from McMaster or Amazon.

    Guess what color I painted it! Ford blue!!!

    The issue with that, though, is that nothing else in the engine bay is Ford blue. My plug wires and injectors are Ford Racing blue, which is lighter. Guess Ive gotta start painting stuff.

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    Sheetmetal edge trim

    make it easy on yourself. if you go that route cut the 5/8" strip out of 10 ga or heavier. use the 4" pipe for forming the semi circle.

    WAY easier to weld too
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    Re: Sheetmetal edge trim

    Quote Originally Posted by Lis2323 View Post
    make it easy on yourself. if you go that route cut the 5/8" strip out of 10 ga or heavier. use the 4" pipe for forming the semi circle.

    WAY easier to weld too
    I'll have to see what I have laying around. Honestly, 14 gauge isn't a problem to weld with stick. I think 18 gauge is where you have to really start paying attention to rod angle, gotta travel fast, and all that.

    I'll post a picture of the welds.

    They aren't going to be super pretty, since I'm going to use 3/32 6011.

    Might use a 6013, but I think I'm out of 3/32s, so it's either going to be 1/16 or 1/8.

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