'Might work' is the key phrase. The driver's side end of the rolled bead was too long and extended into the fender. My fault; I should have measured with the fenders mounted before sketching out the bead. I tried removing a one-inch piece from the bead, but my welds were pathetic. Between the porosity in the welds and the marks from hammering, I decided the piece was junk.
Rather than try to reproduce the flat piece with the bead, I am trying something different. I have two curved pieces left from the tops of the extra S10 doors I skinned to fill the wheel wells in the front fenders. I'll have to extend the back, flat edge of the pieces to make the pieces work, but I am going to join these pieces for the second cowl cover.
Continued working on the cowl cover.. Used the patterns to cut openings for the wiper arms. Used my son's bead roller to embed a pattern into the cowl. Didn't have much luck using the English wheel to roll the leading edge over, so I used a hammer and dolly to work the 90 degree edge into place. I hit that edge with the shrinker and have the piece looking like it might work.
The cowl cover requires some dimples, or bowls, around the wiper arm pivots. Taking hints from others on this site who use tree stumps for anvils, I brought a cedar stump home from the lake this past spring. I fashioned some holes and bumps in it with the grinder and set about whacking a piece of 20 gauge with a pear-shaped plastic hammer. Here's some progress.
My only disappointment with the photo journal here on Hotrodders.com is the inability to comment on the journals. For Father's Day, my daughter copied all of my posts in this journal to a blog on Google.
I'll continue to post here, but I plan to duplicate each post on the blog. Feel free to visit the blog and add comments if you like.