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Need tips on flareing radius on quarters

Before I put in a new rear end I want to radius and flare the quarters.
This is a 55 Chevy that's being transformed into a period Gasser.
I can figure out everything but need some tips on the flareing.
I've looked at that gizmo that Eastwood sell but have doubts about it and the price is too high for a one time use.
Should I bend out what I have or add metal to the quarters ?

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Here's a page from HAMB, there is also some info here if you do a search. hamb page

Some guys will use a pipe or baseball bat, some cut out the fender and use VW wheel openings, personally I like the cut-radiused look like 2 lane blacktop.
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Radiusing tri 5 rear wheel openings

I was there and in the day we would cut the wheel opening to the size needed then sand or grind the outer edge where you have about 4" clean metal along the opening. Then what I was told to use is 1/2 electrical conduit, it is easy to bend to shape. To finish it off use 18-20 sheet metal bent on a 90 degrees, 4" wide with 1" on the bottom and 3" to blend onto the quarter.You will need to make some cuts in the metal with a hack saw about every 1/4 " that will be welded to the conduit. I hope this is of some use to you. If you have any questions let me know I'll try and help.
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On my 55 chevy that I had back in the early 70's I cut the flares off a couple of old front fenders trimmed them down to the size i wanted and welded them into the quarters. Gave it a little more of a finished look with the rear wheel openings matching the front.
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There is one easy way to do this and you will end up with a perfect round circle the same shape as your tire. Get a 1/2 threaded rod , bend it around the tire size you will be running (bends easily and stays the shape of the tire without kinks) then hold it against the quarter, mark it all out, cut the opening then simple weld the rod to the quarter. The distance of the rod welded agaist the quarter provides a perfect flare depth when mudded in with filler.
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