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Old 06-08-2005, 05:05 PM
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sheet metal help needed

i have a 03 montcarlo SS and would like to do some custom work under the hood. i want to cover the front rad. support with some aluminum or polished stainless. I have mad patterns for this out of poster broad but i need to know how to bend it so that is will work for me. the biggest issue i have right NOW is i do not have a sheet metal brake to help me on this so i will have o bend everything by hand or in another way.

this will go from right above the rad.. to Right above the head lights behind the front plastic nose or grill for lack of a better word.

I want it to fit under the back edge of the plastic so that it will be held in place in the front to keep it from making noise while driving or flexing and causing a crease in it.

Also would like some advice on it weather or not i should do this in three parts or in one?

also i have a fuse panel under the hood and a bat. that i would like to make boxes for them or at least a slip on cover for them
do you know where i might find plans for this?
Thanks for the help on this.
here is a link to my car domain site so you can see under the hood of the car to get a better clue. I have to get a new shot of the car to see the flames on it

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Well you can bend metal decently with a vise with two pieces of angle iron.. just face the broad side of each pece together and slip it in the vice then slip the sheet metal in between and it will work ok. you can prolly get away with 22g stainless this way..
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Old 06-08-2005, 08:41 PM
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With doing Aluminum, you could even use plywood or MDF to make a brake with plus,it won't scuff/scar the metal as bad.
Get 2 pieces of 3/4" and use the mill edge's for the brake "jaw's", top/bottom, with another piece mounted parellel to the bottom piece with a piano style hinge on a 2x4 secured to the bottom jaw board. A couple of "C" clamps to close the jaw's tight and your bending metal.
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kool thanks never thought of doing it that way I willsee what i can come up with,

Thanks again
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