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· Sheet Metal Junkie
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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Hi Guys
As the title says, I'm a Sheet Metal Junkie :D I really enjoy what I do for a living and thats fabricate and shape metal. So if there is a question you may have, maybe I can help.
I'm not shy, if I don't know, I will lie :D :D OK I won't lie, but I will help find an answer. So lets bring it to the bench ! ! That's were I go to figure it out. :D
Also, I know I also won't be always working on a Chevy pickup but honestly, metal is metal and it doesn't know the difference nor dose it care.
So from chassis :

To bodies

Here's from another forum I've posted :

Started out by making some flexible patterns of the rear quarter panels

After which I started laying out a panel.

Shrinking the edge with a set of thumb nail dies to get the edge to roll over and raise the top.

After which stretching the top area .

And smoothing out the walnuts it starts to take shape.

And some fast forward shaping.

Now the left side was just a reverse of the right side.

Now with the two sides and the center of the sill built and welded together

Now was time to weld the top sill to the quarter panel tops.

And here it is all together

Nice profile

Anyway, like I said I'm just a sheet metal junkie :D thanks for looking

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Great Fab work Steve! Looking forward to seeing more and learning a few tricks myself!


· Sheet Metal Junkie
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Discussion Starter · #7 ·
Ah yes that's were the roof exterior panel and the interior sheet metal pinch weld together.
Typically I have to have something to go by here in the shop. Having a panel to read information off is how I can copy. If I would find one local and they would allow me to copy it would be possible.
The only other way I've made simple repairs panels was to have templates of all contours and that's left up to the owner to get the template or flexible pattern exact. :)

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Just awesome work Steve, I touched with you a little on the gasser forum about a cowl hood for my `64, I`ll get started on that in the spring and I`m sure I will bug the heck out of you when I get started. All I`ve done was cut the entire center section out so maybe I can start rolling the sides down over piping.


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Alright. Question here on mig welding.

How do you do it so clean? If I turn the feed down to get less material buildup I can't keep a weld going. If I keep it where I can keep a bead I have a ton of grinding to do and i am always fearful of increased damage to the sheet metal.
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