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Old 01-10-2013, 09:50 PM   #1
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This thread, while it may show quite a bit of work on vehicles that come in the shop, is primarily going to focus on providing metalworking/metal shaping tutorials, where ever possible using simple hand tools, in hopes that it may inspire others to learn the craft. While I am no expert, in many cases learning as I go, feedback and suggestions from others is more than welcome. Where I strive to improve methods with each lessons learned, outside suggestion is often the source to provoke such thought and vision. Many times this "re-thinking the process" comes via someone questioning that process shown, so feel free to ask away!


I've been travelling quite a bit for the day job all this past fall, which has put a cramp in time available in the shop, but that has subsided a bit so now is as good a time as any to start a shop thread..

This is a customer car, the owner and I discussed shaving the fender seams quite a while back, and she asked about it again last week, so I guess we're on the hook..





The bolting plates are cut out of the way, and the folded flange is trimmed, leaving a bit of extra to allow for fine tuning the weld joint.











Bottom of the fender is cut loose from the bolting plate using the cutoff wheel. Then sanding the face of the fender leaves a contrast at the bend of the flange for a good guide for trimming with snips....











Planishing out the fold to fill the gap....








Clamps used to test fit. Still needs some fine tuning for zero gaps, but we'll finish that another day..








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Old 01-10-2013, 10:13 PM   #2
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Is that a 56?
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:21 PM   #3
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:28 PM   #4
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very nice work im liking this thread
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:32 PM   #5
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Glad you took Ed's suggestion. Always enjoy yer stuff!
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Old 01-11-2013, 09:37 AM   #6
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So, I'm not a body guy ... can you provide a close-up pic of those clamps you are using?
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:06 AM   #7
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The second post or so in this thread show them close up...

http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/s...ad.php?t=53534

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Old 01-12-2013, 12:16 AM   #8
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Cant wait to see more.
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Old 01-12-2013, 12:25 AM   #9
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You sir...are an artist. You could probably improve the Statue of Liberty!

...or build it from scratch.
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Old 01-12-2013, 03:03 PM   #10
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Thanks for the comments guys!

Got to trimming today, little to no gaps....





Used the new ER70S-7 wire. Looks to me like it lays out a bit flatter...








Used the crowned hammer to planish the welds. This stuff appears to planish out a bit easier as well.





After planishing, 1/16" wide cutoff wheel used perpendicular to the weld for grinding the welds with minimal contact patch and less heat buildup. Ground welds just proud of the metal surface, front and back, to make room for planishing the next set of weld dots. Then rather than weld the next dots in the middle, I overlapped each of the previous welds to help eliminate missed spots and pinholes. Weld, planish, grind, repeat.











Then I got on a roll and missed some in process pics, but here is the result after dressing out all the welds...





Back side....








Yeah, I like this much better....








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I can see this quickly becoming a forum favourite - it's already one of mine!
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:41 PM   #12
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man your skill and attention to detail never ceases to amaze me.
i gotta learn from your threads. lol.
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Old 01-12-2013, 09:38 PM   #13
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I'm impressed. Very clean work. How do you finish/seal the backside of the seam?
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Old 01-12-2013, 10:10 PM   #15
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Welds on the back side of the panels will get dressed just like the front side, and then sealed with epoxy primer.
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Can you stop by and work on my truck?
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Old 01-14-2013, 09:11 PM   #18
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Haha! That would be a heck of a commute, either way!

About a month and a half ago a buddy of mine came over with a bumper filler panel off a 61 Starliner he's putting together as a 70th b-day present for his dad. He was using my media blast cabinet to clean off the paint and was planning on spraying some Krylon and reinstalling. Well, I had him strip the paint, I smoothed out some dings with the hammer and dolly, and here's how I finished it, using some of my Imron rather than his Krylon...








Well I stopped by to check it out after he installed it, and noticed the valve covers looked like someone had changed out the intake and dropped it a few times on the valve covers. So he dropped them off for some dent repair this evening...














All of these tools were used this evening at one point or another...








Dents were worked with various implements of destruction, filed to find the high spots, and low spots bumped up, then repeat.








As they will be painted, we'll leave off with the following.... Sandblasting and some H/K epoxy primer will take care of any remaining defects...

















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Old 01-14-2013, 09:15 PM   #19
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:13 AM   #20
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I like what I see
Nice work with a few special tools
I'm an old body man but never did the custom work
so I'm very interested in seeing how the metal guys do it

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