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05-23-2016 08:02 PM S10 fabrication (cont'd)
I made the first pattern using one of my hoarded cereal boxes, but I'll use kraft paper for the rest. Trying to make the tight curve for the S10 contour line proved too difficult, so I reduced the panel size and concentrated on just the lower panel. The second piece forms the lower edge around to the wheel well opening. The two pieces match pretty well.


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05-23-2016 07:55 PM S10 fabrication (cont'd)
I've completed the wire buck. After watching the Ron Covell DVD on making bucks, the doubt witch has again settled in. I've now settled on using the wire buck for the passenger side fender and making a wood buck to duplicate the passenger side fender for the driver side.

One of the hoops on the small end of the fender needs to be trimmed to allow the buck to fit against the hood side, so the outer edge does not yet align with my mark on the floor.

The front edge of the fender will match the contour of the S10 side panels - there's nothing like a challenge.


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04-17-2016 08:33 PM S10 fabrication (cont'd)
I needed a way to hold the dies in place better than with the vice grips. I drilled a pair of holes through all but the smallest diameter die and through the steel plate on my workbench. Some 1/4 inch pins do a great job of holding the dies firmly in position although I still have to use the clamps to keep the dies from popping up under stress. It's harder than it looks to get multiple bent pieces to match.


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04-16-2016 09:25 PM S10 fabrication (cont'd)
I tacked the outline of the passenger side fender wire buck together today.


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04-04-2016 10:00 PM S10 fabrication (cont'd)
In March, I attended a metalworking workshop led by Ron Covell at the Austin Speed Shop. It definitely opened my eyes to a much better way to approach my fender-making exercise. On my return home, I purchased one hundred feet of 1/4 inch cold rolled steel, half a dozen round wooden dies and a new English wheel and shrinker-stretcher. Still, the Doubt Witch (the Witch of Self-Doubt) has interrupted my visits to the garage for the last four weeks. I finally made some progress on the wire buck for the passenger side front fender.


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