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01-26-2012 07:56 PM S10 fabrication (cont'd)
Another Craigslist.com search yielded a set of fenders from a late 40s Ford F100. All of the body parts purchased to date, except one bed side, have been found on Craigslist.com. It's a great way to find local parts. Anyhow, the rear fenders were listed for $100 for the pair. The front fenders were in worse condition and the seller threw them in for nothing. I cut a 12 inch cross-section from each Ford rear fender to make them match the length of the S10 fenders. I also cut a lengthwise section, varying from 2 to 10 inches, to match the angle of the S10 fenders between the back of the cab and the rear panel.


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01-25-2012 08:36 PM S10 fabrication (cont'd)
I used a couple of taillight filler blanks to close the taillight openings in what is now the front of the S10 and used pieces from a third bed side to create the grill shell. Four matching pieces of 1/8 inch plate were used to mate the edges of the grill shell to the edges of each bed side.


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01-25-2012 08:29 PM S10 fabrication (cont'd)
I needed to make the bed (hood) sides flow more evenly from the stock-width cab (60 inches) to the narrowed grill area (32 inches), so I cut vertical reliefs in each bed side between the door edge and the now-closed wheel well and curved the door edge down. The total movement of the door edge varied between 2 and 4 inches, depending on the point along the door edge at which the measurement was taken. The total displacement of the bed side from its original (flat) position was about 14 degrees.


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01-25-2012 08:13 PM S10 fabrication (cont'd)
With the rear end pieced together and looking OK, I started working on the front end, turning the bed sides into the sides of the six-foot-long hood. I had removed the edges of the front fenders before attaching the fenders to the rear of the cab and used these edges to make the bed sides match up to the leading edge of each door. The bed sides are slightly taller than the fender edges, so I made some relief cuts in the edge of each bed side and pulled it bed side over at the top. I used the two extra door skins to fill in the wheel wells of each bed side.


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01-25-2012 07:57 PM S10 fabrication (cont'd)
Once I had the rear corners rounded out and leveled, I crossed two adjustable braces on the inside of the rear and pulled each corner in. The rear end is now about eight inches narrower than the grill area was. This required cutting a piece from the hood to fashion the rear deck. My son cut a piece of 1/8" plate to match the new curve of the narrowed deck and I used it to frame the skin of the tailgate and create the rear panel.


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