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Old 09-16-2015, 10:29 PM   #401
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That's an awesome start at it! You may need a couple more slices just to lighten up the hard bends, but i think you are right on track.

Can't wait to see more! Keep it up!
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Old 09-16-2015, 11:06 PM   #402
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I, on the other hand, think the tail light area needs to be spaced out a couple of inches. That will take the kink out of the cut behind the rear tire.
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Old 09-16-2015, 11:23 PM   #403
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Yeah guys, it's been a big challenge mentally discussing the bends and stress reliefs.

I can see a slice in the front 1/3 and the rear 1/3 about 45* off the existing cuts.

I'm definitely going to eyeball the rear as it comes together, because evo up there is right. The back half of the fender winds up scary close to 45* from what you'd expect a squared-off normal car to look like. Lucky for me I have a sheetmetal jellybean.
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Old 09-17-2015, 07:00 AM   #404
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You're doing great work man. I love the fact that you are doing things not just out of necessity, but to learn from them. I'm kinda going through the same with my 544 build, check the video out:
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Old 09-17-2015, 11:10 AM   #405
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Say, that's rather neato. Looks like you have some sheetmetal work of your own coming up - the name "tetanus" certainly fits!
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Old 09-17-2015, 11:32 AM   #406
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DAMN. epic 544!
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Old 09-17-2015, 11:34 AM   #407
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I'm actually leaving the front end mostly as is for the rat-rod look. I just think it looks really cool without the front fenders. My rears have been widened 4"
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Old 09-20-2015, 05:06 PM   #408
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Progress. Following my usual MO, it's half an hour of headscratching, a cut or two, and three minutes of welding.

Coming along pretty well. Not entirely sure how I visualized it, but I think this is kinda what I was going for. Instead of pulling the fender straight out, I'm broadening the curve. Hope it works well enough with the front; the trim pieces will distract, I think.

Not sure I'm feeling the super-narrow rear. Will probably hold off on that until I can see both at once.

Oh yeah, there is so much goddamn bondo in the fender (and quarter) it's ridiculous. I feel better all the time about not being afraid to hack things up.
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Old 09-20-2015, 05:39 PM   #409
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Old 09-20-2015, 07:33 PM   #410
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This is going to look incredible
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Old 09-20-2015, 07:52 PM   #411
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I think I would like it more if that left rear piece was tucked in just a bit more. Did you want it bulbed (sp) out that way? Boy do have some welding to do.
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I think I would like it more if that left rear piece was tucked in just a bit more. Did you want it bulbed (sp) out that way? Boy do have some welding to do.
The rearmost piece isn't mounted anywhere yet. I'm hoping to tuck it in, similar to the front fender (and the front of the rear) just left the panel more or less flat-faced for now.

Definitely a lot of welding, hope that when the time comes it goes pretty smoothly - getting power and feed set right at the beginning should really help.
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Old 10-07-2015, 08:11 PM   #413
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Tacked in all the segments, spaced them where I thought it looked good, and started filling in.

Added 2" in front, 4" on top at the tire, tapering to 1" at the rear. Still working on the shaping of it, but it's coming together. Filled in the gas cap area too.

The other fender's been sectioned, wore out my wire wheel stripping bondo.
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Old 10-07-2015, 08:12 PM   #414
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A few more pics of the filling in.
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Old 10-07-2015, 10:14 PM   #415
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Dude, you just made me dizzy....
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Old 10-07-2015, 11:06 PM   #416
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Because the pics are out of order, or because my progress is so progressive?
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Old 10-07-2015, 11:09 PM   #417
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Because if I were in the middle of that project, my head would be spinning and I would need meds. It's an intense project and you are kicking it in the ass.

Progressive progress is progressive. Continue.
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Maybe you've already covered this and I'm forgetting, but how do you get fuel in it?
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Old 10-08-2015, 08:59 AM   #419
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80 grit maybe 30 on your angle grinder will take care of the bondo providing it is a 7 or 8 in wheel.
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Old 10-08-2015, 11:13 AM   #420
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80 grit maybe 30 on your angle grinder will take care of the bondo providing it is a 7 or 8 in wheel.
I've got a couple of 4.5" jobbies. I've been using a 40grit (+/-) as a stopgap, and while it does take the bondo off, it also eats into the metal a little too lustily for the amount of grinding I have to do.

The wire wheel worked great, until it fell apart. I've had it quite a while, so I think I got my $5 worth. The first few ejected bristles were surprising, particularly since I tend to work in shorts.
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Old 10-08-2015, 12:07 PM   #421
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You could use the empty room in those flares for storage.

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Old 10-08-2015, 12:47 PM   #422
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I stored the mufflers in the fronts already. External fenders like this (see pretty much everything up to the early fifties) are really space inefficient.

I'm sure I could store another 4" of tire back there eventually.
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Old 10-08-2015, 01:28 PM   #423
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5.044, code name: saddle bags....
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Old 10-08-2015, 01:56 PM   #424
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Kylie, you need these types strippers:

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Propane torch will soften the bondo and it'll come off with a putty knife. Quick clean up with wire wheel. Works for me.
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