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Old 06-21-2016, 08:29 PM
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I finished roughing in the top body lines. I won't bother planishing yet because in the next couple operations, everything will move a little and I might have to adjust the shape or direction of the lines. I also started bringing the outer surfaces in to merge with the left and right deck panels. Most of this was done by hand and some manipulating and shrinking. There are other ways to do this but since I think the alignment will change, I won't spend much time here till the end.

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Next I wheeled in a very little bit of crown on the face of the panel. I want this panel nearly flat but you have to put some crown in. Then I tipped the lower flange to 90 degrees so I can use the shrinker to bring in the curve along the lower edge while alternating with stretching the bend area on the wheel.

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After I have the finished shape for the curve, I'll finish tipping this flange to about 60 degrees.

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Old 06-21-2016, 08:34 PM
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Moving slowly in the right direction. From this point what I'm doing is using my smallest anvil to wheel along the bend area, putting more curve in near the top. Then lightly shrinking the flange to bring in the lower area along with it. Still a ways to go but it's coming along.

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Old 06-22-2016, 05:32 AM
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Great watching this evolve Jack.
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Old 06-22-2016, 07:42 PM
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I finished bringing in the curve along the back panel and as I suspected, the body lines moved slightly inward toward center. I just used some tape to lay out the new positions and bumped them over a little. Then I laid out the final shape for the deck lid opening and trimmed that to final size.

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I tipped the flange 90 degrees so the sides are vertical and change to horizontal along the rear.

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Old 06-22-2016, 07:55 PM
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The rear panel can be cut to size to be butt welded to the side deck panels. When you have overlapping panels that need to be cut for butt welding, a quick way to get exact fit is to first lay 2" tape along the edge of the panel that will be below

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Then position the next panel overlapping and in the exact position you want. Lay another strip of 2" tape on the top panel and line up the upper edge of the tape with the upper edge of the first strip of tape.

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Mark your cut line on the lower edge of the tape. Cut exactly on that line and you will have a perfect fit.

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Old 06-22-2016, 08:03 PM
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I've got a nice fit along the edges

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Next I started getting the right side to fit up against the inner quarter. I tipped the flange and used the shrinker to adjust the bend. I still have some more finesse work to do over here then the left side.

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Old 06-23-2016, 09:05 PM
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Next I tipped the flange along the left side and used the shrinker to adjust the bend to fit tight against the inner quarter. After doing some planishing and finish work on the body lines, I finished bending the lower flange to about 60 dgrees.

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After some hand finishing and test fitting I finally got what I was looking for; A nice snug fit against the buck, tight fit to the deck side panels, and a nice smooth finish for the body lines. I think I'm done with this panel for now. I still have to make a lower panel underneath that is actually an extension of the trunk floor that will weld to the lower flange of the rear body panel that I just finished. I can't make that until I'm ready to dismantle the buck so I will get the gutters finished off and start on the frame for the deck lid next.

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Old 06-23-2016, 10:25 PM
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Coming along great Jack. Always look forward to seeing progress. Maybe you have said somewhere and I just missed it, but do you have a background in metal shaping or is this just a hobby that you picked up and have worked on along the way? Always nice to hear the back story sometimes about the person doing the work
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Old 06-23-2016, 10:48 PM
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Coming along great Jack. Always look forward to seeing progress. Maybe you have said somewhere and I just missed it, but do you have a background in metal shaping or is this just a hobby that you picked up and have worked on along the way? Always nice to hear the back story sometimes about the person doing the work
I'm a collision tech (body and paint) at a dealership. In the early 80's I learned a lot from a couple old time tin bashers. They took the time to teach me how to work steel back into shape. What to do, how to do it, and why. I've always been grateful for that. They lit the fire and I ran with it. That's mostly why I'm doing this build thread. I'll be retiring at the end of this year and this project will probably be my last major build. If this inspires some kid to pick up a hammer and dolly rather than a crack pipe, my debt is paid.
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Old 06-24-2016, 03:35 PM
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I cant speak for the rest and being in my 30's im not a kid anymore...depending on who you ask that is, but i cant get enough of your thread. Coming from someone who has had his battles with drugs and has won. Id much rather read this and learn than go down that road again. Keep it up! My daughter is 13 and just getting into photoshop with school, she has her own things she wants to do, but I said think you can make renderings of cars how people want them? Then used your pic as an example. lol
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