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This is a rear fender off a 52 Chevy 3100 truck that I volunteered to fix for a good friend but Iíve ran into something I just canít figure out. This was a large dent/hole that was filled was bondo but over the yrs it rooted out. Iíve done metal work before but this one Iím not so sure about. I removed and fixed a place right under this but it didnít have the offset. The fender is in very good sharp all but this end and this is the end the running board attaches. The other fender had issues where the board attached but I fixed it with no issues. Something I didnít mention is Iíve looked for patch panels but havenít found any for the rear fenders. Iím going to call a couple suppliers and see what they have.
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Old 01-14-2019, 07:45 AM
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Just a quick reply, short on time... take a flat scrap thats big enough, bend it into a 90 in a vise then unbend it to get the step. Then lay it over the closed vise jaws to put the outside curve in it. Something like that.

Some of the more advanced metal shapers here may be able to provide a more clear response so hang around.
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if you got shrinker/ stretcher you can fab that patch correctly, or you can find a shape with that same form and wrap some sheet metal around it. What you basically need is that body line with that general shape and radius above that body line. Those are two shapes that will fight any simple shaping. The reason you need a shrinker or hammer form is because that shape has contradictory angles. Metal will never go into that shape unless it's clamped down onto a similar shape and forced into that shape. Looking at how much bondo is on that fender and quality of repairs, I'm guessing there's a lot more going on with that car but you'd hate to tell someone that when they love their car. In a pinch, I have used the metal on a car plenty of times to generically hammer form something into shape, and if you can find any curve left on that corner you can try that right next to your square opening. Just re work the area if it becomes damaged. 19 or 20 G might be great for that. 18G would probably be too thick, but that would be an easy way to do it if you can find some curve right next to it.
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Thanks for the help. I do have a shrinker - stretcher Iíll try that. Iíve been hammering on a piece but like you said the 2 angles are fighting each other. I was just messing around yesterday and didnít think about using the stretcher.
This is my cuzs fender and he didnít want to buy another and I told him Iíd give it a try, sure couldnít hurt anything. The fender had been hit on that end and was a lot of bondo and rot under it. I was hoping somebody made a patch panel but Iíve havent been able to find one for the back.
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