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Front Fender Flair

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PROBLEM # 1
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   My next problem that needs a solution.The flair on this fender doesn't match the other side.After looking at another car the other side looks right.This side is too straight and doesn't flair out enough.This is a hard problem to fix because of it's location.I'll have to think about this one a little.Does anyone have any ideals?

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     A molding profile tool was purchased from the hardware and after a few attempts a profile for the front wheel opening was determined.

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   The profile was copied to 1/2" plywood for a pattern and than to a 4X4" block.It was formed with a band saw and sand paper.

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    The profile was than checked with another car.The plan was to use the block as a dolly and hammer the profile into the fender.

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   A 1960's repair had a rusted out area which was leaded in.Beating it out was not going to fix the problem.I called 3 panel suppliers and no one makes a panel for the wheel opening so we're going to try to use the block and make our own.

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    Forming the repair panel into the wood mold was pretty easy.Enter content here

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   A fender flange was roughed in before welding panel in.

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    To get the fender ready for the repair panel the area was heated to melt the body lead.

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   The fender had been split to fix previous damage and I ground off the weld to relieve the pressure.I took a rubber mallet and beat the fender out and it came back to the orginal form.This was determined by measuring from the inner fender to the outer lip.

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   The repair panel is clamped to the fender to access the fit.The rubber mallet was used to form the opening tapping from the bottom up.The panel is scribed for the cut out and the panel to be butt welded in.After letting this problem set for a-while it's coming together very well.

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   The panel is welded in and ready for body filler.