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12-13-2013 02:54 PM Front fenders cont.
I’ll heat up and reroll the fender after I get every thing tacked in place. I grabbed up all my small clamps and started the spot welding. After I got it tacked I removed the clamps. If I have say so myself I think it doesn’t look all that bad.


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12-13-2013 02:51 PM Front fenders cont.
I trimmed the patch panel back so that I would not have a strait seem. I then drilled holes in the patch panel for the fender brace to keep it aligned with the fender. Then I laid out the fender to cut it. I let the 3/16” rod run beyond the ends of the patch panel so I trimmed it back so it ran about an inch beyond the ends. When I trimmed the fender to fit the patch I cut the rod on the fender about an inch beyond where the patch will fit. I then took a pair of vise grips and wiggled the rod and pulled it out. This gave me a pocket to fit the patch’s rod to fit to align the two. I did the same thing to the other side, but I had to unroll the part on the fender to get the patch in place.


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12-11-2013 06:10 PM Front fenders cont.
I really appreciated all the help from Hot Rodders. Today I tried it again. I started with a rectangle shaped piece of steel. I then went to the left fender to trace the curve. (The left fender is in much better shape than the right.) I then ran it through my bead roller as I did with the curved shaped piece. For the other side of the bead I switched to a roller with less an offset. I then trimmed the patch panel to match my pattern. This seemed to work much better. I’m thinking that by leaving the panel in a rectangle it may have shrunk along the entire panel where the curved panel allowed it to follow curve.
There was a 3/16” rod all the way around the fender so I picked up some at Lowe’s. I then shaped the rod to match the left (better) fender and spot welded it to the inside of the patch panel. I used a hammer to roll the edge over the rod.
I checked the fit and clamped it to my fender. Tomorrow I’ll make my cuts on my fender and tack it in place when I have a clearer head, too much thinking.


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12-11-2013 06:08 PM Front fenders cont.
Okay I removed the Bondo from my fender and found a badly bouggered fender. I decided to make a patch panel to repair it. I started with a sheet of steel and marked and cut it to match the fender. I needed to form a bead on the lower edge so I got a bead roller and form the bead. I started by rolling the outer edge and then I flipped it over and rolled the other side of the bead. When I tried to fit it to my fender I noticed that the bead forming must have shrunk the patch as it does not fit the fender.
I posted this to hotrodders.com and got quite a discussion going.


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12-08-2013 08:29 PM Front fenders cont.
After I got all my pieces made I pop riveted it all together and then started to tack weld it.


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