Hopefully these pics show how the fender comes closer to the tire, and some of the complex shaping I'll have to do.
The thing that has me wondering is how to get a smooth radius transition from side panel to top panel (1/2" r), yet making the front to top radius (9") smooth. You can see that on the template from 2 entries ago.
This all started because of the trunk floor installation. The rust in the rear,left nothing to weld the supports to. As I looked further, I saw that the tires were rubbing against the inner fender as well. The inner fender goes up from the frame, then angles out toward the tire. This was done to give more room in the rear seat. Big tires were not considered in 1939. Obviously a huge mistake on Chevy's part! I need to go straight up from the outside if the frame, and make a radius, then come straight across to the top of the inner fender. I will eat some interior,as well as trunk space, but I NEED tire space. If you look closely, you can see the tire rub marks. The black stripe is showing the position of the rear bulkhead. And the rust is pretty evident..
Work has been progressing slow, jumping between the Z-28 and the 39. The rear floors are in, all the way to the rear bulkhead. The trunk floor has been removed, and the rust from the inner fender wells have created a stalemate for me. I haven't been able to decide whether I should tub the car, restore the inner to original with patches, or a combination of the two. I have decided that since the inner fender will be somewhat seen from the interior of the car, that I should create an attractive inner fender. The paper template is just a "first run" to see if what I have invisioned is what I really want. The inner fender will actually be the base for an armrest in the back seat. After insulating, undercoating and final fabric finishes, I think it will be un noticeable. Its just that the base should be the right shape. Again, this is a rough draft. I will have to cut the rear bulkhead, and the supports under the window and make the weld joint between the inner and outer panels. (Out of sight) Less transition work. The tire side of the innerfender will need a few "patches" to reblend, so that the road trash doesn't collect and rust.
"This template is only about 1/4 to the total template required."