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Old 03-23-2004, 07:14 PM
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Fabricating Coupe trunk pieces.

I have to make the rear part of my trunk that my trunklid latches down to.
I was thinking of "stretch-forming" a piece of light gauge rectangular tubing to make the bulk of the piece, and working off from that.
I made stretch-formed 1"X2" rockers that worked awesome, but the trunk area actually has a different concern. It's a gradual curve in the middle area, but the outer areas curve the other way, straightening the piece out at the ends.
Anybody got any tips for working that area of a Coupe?

Also, my door gaps are almost bang on 3/16" front/back of each door, is this OK? It looks bigger than some I've seen, but some of the gaps I've seen look a little too small?
There is no primer/paint on the door, if that matters...

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Old 03-23-2004, 11:19 PM
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Can you please attach a picture of the area you need to shape? That would help a lot. If the panel is still intact, leave it there for now. If you've removed it, or if it's custom piece, no sweat, it can still be done. If you send the picture, I can give you an idea or two about how to make the panel.

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Old 03-24-2004, 03:43 PM
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I'll take a pic tonight and toss it on.

The car has no piece whatsoever, I have a piece that's not terribly good cut from a parts car for shapes and sizes. The car is tubbed, it's not going to be a case of "restoring" a part, it has a 2X3 frame coming to the rear, the floors have yet to be fabricated, etc.

I'll pop a pic up asap. Thanks Randy!
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Old 03-24-2004, 04:12 PM
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Here's a pic of the rear, with the original piece in place for a shape reference.
It seems to me that 1/2 square tubing as the basis for the shapes might be the way to go? I'm not in love with the idea of media blasting the original piece and trying to make it work, I would rather start from scratch?
What do you think...?
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rear panel

CMG,
I lightened your photo to get a better look. Do you have access to any sheet metal shaping tools, such as an english wheel, planishing hammer, power hammer, shrinker/stretcher, sheetmetal brake, shears, etc.?? A better understanding of what you have available to make a new piece will be needed before I can give you sound advice. A picture of the rear corner of the car would be a great help too. Also, one of the piece you cut from the donor car. Once I have all the information, maybe I can help!

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Well, the only GOOD news is that I'm a journeyman sheetmetalman.
LOL!
I have access to a shop full of sheetmetal equipment, but that is NOT including a shrinker/stretcher or English wheel, etc.
I *might* have access to a shrinker stretcher at my buddy's shop though.

A brake and shear is no problem whatsoever, as well as hand tools. The stuff I REALLY need is the stuff I don't have!
I will try to buy an English wheel at Portland swap meet in two weeks, but I tried last year and wasn't successful.

I'll take a couple more pics when I can push the car out, it's trapped right now. I'll post a pic of the cut off piece asap.
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