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08-07-2016 09:38 PM S10 fabrication (cont'd)
Finished tacking in the flange. I think the gap will be fine with fender welt. I cannot thank Ron Covell enough. His workshop was a great confidence builder.


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08-01-2016 09:10 PM S10 fabrication (cont'd)
I needed to align the outside edge of the fender with a reference line I'd marked on the garage floor when I started the fender buck. The line parallels the center line of the car 38 inches out, making the width 76 inches edge-to-edge. This width is a couple of inches less than the width of my wife's Suburban. It should accommodate a late model Crown Victoria front suspension - 63 inches hub to hub. I taped a 1/2 inch deep socket to a piece of plywood to hold a Sharpie while allowing it to float vertically. Holding the plywood piece roughly horizontal, I was able to scribe a trim mark on the fender. Then, I could trace the edge of the fender flanges onto the fender and make a second cut. The first flange is tacked in place.


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07-25-2016 08:05 PM S10 fabrication (cont'd)
I've spent a few days straightening the fender, knocking down some lumps with a slapping spoon and stretching the wheel well flange with some ghetto handles on my stretcher. I added a brace to align the leading and trailing edges of the wheel well. Finally, I attached the last piece of the fender - the trailing end. I am really pleased with the look.


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07-19-2016 08:40 PM S10 fabrication (cont'd)
Ron Covell's workshop emphasized the need to avoid welding sheet metal on a corner. He described forming a fender flange with a brake and a shrinker/stretcher and welding the flange to the fender on the flat surface. I did not want to spend the hour driving round-trip to my son's house to use his brake, so I used the flanging tool and a hammer to form the 90 degree bend in the flange. The first piece is close.


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07-11-2016 08:52 PM S10 fabrication (cont'd)
Finished welding the lower fender piece and set it up against the hood side. I still need to work on the wheel opening and the hump behind the wheel opening, but it's coming along.


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