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Old 10-12-2010, 12:01 PM
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Default Finally started my rear fenders

I had been procrastinating for a while but a couple weeks ago I finally started the rear fenders for my MG project. I made the tubs for the car quite a while ago to cover the 315-35-17 (12" wide) tires going on the rear.

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I started with the upper portion of the fender flare. I made it in 3 pieces that I wheeled into shape and welded together. With the piece cleecoed in place I used a laser line to extend the bend line in the door to the rear.

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The outward bend was done by tipping up on the English wheel and then finishing the 90 degree bend with hammer and dolly. I couldn't roll it with the bead roller because the detail had to taper away to nothing at the tail light. The downward bend was too close to use the tipping wheel so I bent it gradually with flat nosed pliers and finished with a stepped dolly that I made. Sorry no in process pictures because it's hard to hold the camera and do all this at the same time. Here is the result.

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I formed pieces to attach to the tub to create the wheel opening and then layed out the contour that I wanted. I wanted to keep the approximate shape of the original MGB opening but scaled up to the new tire size. A 1/2" flange was bent under 90 degrees to form the opening.

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The lower rear panel was formed next on the English wheel and trimmed so that it mated up with the upper panel, the tail light contour and the wheel opening. I scribed the wheel opening with a sharpie and then tipped the flange on the line and finished it uot to 90 degrees with hammer and dolly. The inner and outer wheel opening flanges were clamped together and the top and rear seams were tacked. The weld was done with tacks rather than TIG because I couldn't get behind to work most of the joint because of the inner fender. After the seams were welded, I spot welded the flanges at the wheel opening. I used a HF hand held spot welder and it worked great.

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The lower front panel was done the same way

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I found the door curved inward at the rear and with the flare also tapering inward, it made the side look like it was pushed in at the rear door gap.

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To make it look right the flare had to extend into the door about a foot. I cut the door jamb vertically and slit the lower front panel just below the bend to allow it to pull out about 1/2". The openings were filled with tapered pieces and welded in. The door will receive the same treatment to extend the flare forward about 12".

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So here is the result. I still have to finish the area for the bumper recess and do the door. Oh yea, I have to do it all in mirror image on the driver's side. I know why guys like to do motorcycles!

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Old 10-12-2010, 12:15 PM
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... I know why guys like to do motorcycles
You got that right Jim! The fender is looking great. That car is going to be a beast!
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Old 10-12-2010, 12:21 PM
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That car is going to be a beast!
One can only hope.
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Old 10-12-2010, 12:59 PM
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Jim, you are doing a really nice job on the MG. People will look at it and know it is different but most won't understand what it took to get it there. Keep us posted on the progress. Can't wait to see it finished.
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Old 10-12-2010, 03:14 PM
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It would be fun to see yours parked next to a stocker.
Been watching this car, very cool !
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Old 10-12-2010, 04:26 PM
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It would be fun to see yours parked next to a stocker.
Been watching this car, very cool !
We have a British Car Day show here in San Diego every year and I want to park it right in the middle of all the MGB's when I get it done. I'm sure there will be some that accuse me of "violating the marque" and others that won't even notice at all. Hopefully some will like it. I have looked at the car for so long that whenever I see an MGB on the street, it looks like it has been narrowed.
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MGB roadster widened 11.5", Corvette C-4 suspension, 535 hp supercharged LT1 V8, T-56 6 speed.
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http://forum.britishv8.org/read.php?13,7581
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Old 10-12-2010, 04:30 PM
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Jim, you are doing a really nice job on the MG. People will look at it and know it is different but most won't understand what it took to get it there. Keep us posted on the progress. Can't wait to see it finished.
Thanks. I want people to not really know why the car looks different, especially if it is sitting by itself. The only emblem on the car will be my avatar in the center of the grille bars.

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MGB roadster widened 11.5", Corvette C-4 suspension, 535 hp supercharged LT1 V8, T-56 6 speed.
Pictures here: It goes to Part 6 now
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http://forum.britishv8.org/read.php?13,7581
Part 2
http://forum.britishv8.org/read.php?13,22422
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Old 10-12-2010, 05:02 PM
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Jim, you make it look so easy, I wonder what took you so long to start
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Old 10-12-2010, 05:21 PM
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Jim, you make it look so easy, I wonder what took you so long to start
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I haven't learned how to take pictures that show how much time it actually takes.

Lots of things got in the way of starting: kitchen remodel, bathroom remodel (2), building courtyard in front of the house, laying saltillo tile in the house, making daughter's new bank owned house liveable, keeping wife happy (in addition to things already named)...

There were even some fun distractions like building English wheel (2), building power shrinker, building helve hammer, building ring roller, building jib crane for workshop...

Good thing I don't have any deadlines.
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MGB roadster widened 11.5", Corvette C-4 suspension, 535 hp supercharged LT1 V8, T-56 6 speed.
Pictures here: It goes to Part 6 now
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http://forum.britishv8.org/read.php?13,7581
Part 2
http://forum.britishv8.org/read.php?13,22422
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Old 10-12-2010, 05:25 PM
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