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Iíve been doing bodywork on my 40 Dodge. It has some ridges on the front and rear fenders. The front are ok, but the last person who had the car didnít do a good job on making the back look like the front. Iíve made templates of the front with bondo and used as a sanding block, but I canít get the back to look right. The ends of the ridges are super difficult to make right as well. Iíve attached pics to help describe my problem.

If anyone has any suggestions on how I can do this, please let me know.

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Sorry I’ll try again.
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if you're talking about those 3 levour looking body lines I'd strip them to metal and use a small t dolly or make one to hammer out the lows from the back and finish it off with some hammer on dolly with it. Once it's looking decent spray some trim black or rattle can primer on it just to get a look at it while it's wet. That will tell you what it looks like cause without it they might be hard to tell. Then sand the primer off. Once I'm satisfied with that I'd add a tight coat of filler. You don't want to make those with bondo cause you'll just be overworking yourself. It will be easier to metal work than to try to bondo it, or at least the bulk of it. If you have a wood router you can also replicate that shape or close enough on some maple and that would be your dolly... a cake walk...get it? cake walk. Right now you're building a cake
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That sounds like something for the pros. I donít know why they are in the shape they are, I suppose the fenders were damaged and the previous owner attempted to fix them.

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It might sound like that but it's really easier than trying to shape them in filler. Even when you think they're done they won't be when doing them in filler. You have to be really good with filler work to do that. It's much easier to work the metal.
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Anything has to be easier than working with the filler. Thanks
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I don't think Id be hitting it with a hammer that's for sure. Theres been extensive filler work done already, and who knows how well it was done it has Flaired wheel openings, fender gaps filled and molded to the body, etc...call it battle scars and live with it or have a pro fix it, or at least have one look at it and tell you what he thinks. that's something that has to be seen up close, chances are if the owner did it its not done well and wont hold up, it may need to be ground down to the metal and totally redone for good results that can be painted.
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I guess if you insist on doing them with filler use a straight edge on areas of concern. It will tell you a lot, even though the entire line might not be straight itself and naturally bowed. It will still be very useful. Rattle can primer when it's freshly sprayed will also tell you what it will look like in paint. Just be sure to sand it off afterwards.
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Yes there was extensive body work done on it by the previous owner. Iíve redone a lot of it trying to eliminate as much filler as possible. I did weld the fenders on and used a little filler on them. Itís been a while since Iíve worked on it and I donít remember what the inside of the fender looks like behind them. Thanks for your advice.
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I mentioned primer being used to tell you what it looks like but that's when you think it's done. While working it use lots of spray on guide coat or flat black(flat black will clog paper though) to direct you thru the repair. Just spray it right on the line then work on it.
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Thanks again, I appreciate you sharing your knowledge.
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