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Old 10-02-2007, 10:56 AM
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Does anyone know how to form sheet metal for repair panels? My '49 Studebaker pick-up has rusted corner pockets on the rear of the cab. I would like to replace these with new sheet metal pieces. Not filled with Bondo! My welding skills are good for not warping the metal. Any suggestions would be helpful.
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Google Ron Fornier he has a good book on metal working. Also Ghia specialties.com. It takes a LOT of practice to get really nice panels. I made decent ones with home made slappers and sand bags. They still got some bondo.
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I myself ain't to good at shaping either, but a good suggestion is take lots of pictures and measurements then visit your local recycle yard and find the corners you need from a truck and cut the corners out then you can come close to match with only a little bondo.

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Does anyone know how to form sheet metal for repair panels? My '49 Studebaker pick-up has rusted corner pockets on the rear of the cab. I would like to replace these with new sheet metal pieces. Not filled with Bondo! My welding skills are good for not warping the metal. Any suggestions would be helpful.
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James
I knew nothing about it either but have made every piece for my old plymouth. If you make them you need drawing quality sheet metal as it forms very easily. A radius gauge is also handy if your making panels with compound curves/radius. It took me awhile but I did it. I've used everything from a tree to a piece if water main to form panels. Give it a try if I can do it anybody can.
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This might not be what your looking for, but it might help, anyway.

http://www.1969supersport.com/sheetmetal.html

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Thanks for all the advice, it will come handy for mt truck. I cant wait to get started!!
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You will learn a lot at metalmeet.com they have some guys over there that create some amazing stuff, and they are very willing to share their knowledge.
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