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Old 12-07-2021, 11:44 PM
Rick Mullin Rick Mullin is offline
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This may help you in figuring out how to shape the panels. I will try to describe where they were pieced at the factory.

Fenders are joined down the top center length. The side of the fender consist of a front and rear joined in the center of the wheel arch. The top fender section joined diagonally at the cowl and diagonally at the top of the nose. The headlamp opening is a separate ring about one inch wide. The side grill opening is hammer formed. Upper nose is one piece joined at the ends diagonally in the valley to the fenders. The nose wraps around to about a 1/4 inch into the grill opening. The center nose pillar is a single piece extending to the bottom. The lower nose is a left and right section extending to the lower centerline of the headlamp opening. The front grill openings are welded in as a separate piece as described with the upper nose. The cowl is a full length section.

The panels were TIG welded. It was common to see contours around the front grills that were built up with weld and filed back. The back sides of the welds were left proud.

The rockers and wheel hoses are steel with little attention to finish. Tooling marks from Echold machines were prevalent.

Door skins are one piece. While the face of the door hinge pillar is aluminum, the striker post is steel and lead finished. The rockets were also lead finished as needed.

Rear quarters are pieced down top center length ending in the tail lamp opening. Rear panel is one piece ending in tail lamp opening and diagonally in the valley to the inboard side. The trunk lid is two pieces joined just above the crest line. I find it interesting that it is the opposite of how Ferrari made a similar design in the Daytona deck lid. The fuel door is steel.

Panels were joined to the steel structure with 1/8 shank solid dome head rivets in the hood and rear deck openings. Flush 1/8 inch solid rivets were used on the hinge pillars. The wheel arches were rolled over the steel wheel houses and crimped. The bottom of the nose and tail were riveted to the steel structure and then the steel lip was rolled up over the aluminum. A cloth tape was used everywhere as a barrier.

I hope that gives you some aid in your metal shaping layout.

You are off to a good start. Donít be afraid to make parts in bigger sections. Although it may seam counter intuitive, larger pieces are often easier to shape and achieve proper flow.
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