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Rusted out rear quarter fix - pics

Discussion in '40- & 55-Series Tech' started by HeepKrushr, Feb 19, 2004.

  1. HeepKrushr

    HeepKrushr

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    Here's my first attempt at posting a pic - this was what we did to fix the rusty rear on one of the 40s. this is before - pretty typical rust spot from what I have seen


    Krushr
     
  2. HeepKrushr

    HeepKrushr

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    Here's what we bootyfabbed

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  3. HeepKrushr

    HeepKrushr

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    here's what it looked like mocked up - man it was a perfect fit - I was amazed
     
  4. HeepKrushr

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    here's the finished product :D

    krushr
     
  5. HeepKrushr

    HeepKrushr

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    even has the rolled lip :eek:
     
  6. HeepKrushr

    HeepKrushr

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    sorry so many pics - last one :slap:

    final product

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    How did you make the curve in the replacement sheetmetal? My bro's rig has the exact same problem. BTW, nice job
    Thanks,
    Brian
     
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    That looks perfect. You should be very proud. Did you extend the bumper too to remount the tail light? How many years experience welding do you have. Thanks for making me extremly jealous.
     
  9. HeepKrushr

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    thanks Brian

    just bend the sheetmetal (it is very pliable) using the rear qtr of the cruiser as a template - just clamp on the edge closest to the rear door and bend it. Once it starts to form up, just put it in a vise and carefully manipulate it to get the correct curve. It was just a matter of trial and error: bend a little, check for fit, make adjustments......check for fit, bend a little, make adjustments, etc.

    Sorry for the non-scientific answer, but it was a non-scientific process.

    I made some extras once I got going to use up the sheetmetal. IF I can find them tonite I'll post some pics - If you're in need of some let me know and I'll make you a deal on a set.

    Krushr
     
  10. HeepKrushr

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    cruiserwanted - nope I didn't do any lengthening to the bumper, just painted it - those are OEM lights on a 73 - I think there should be a reflector on the bumper itself but I doubt that will ever happen

    my crew chief is the master welder, I just melt stuff together in places noone will see

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    How did you mkae the rolled liP?
    or did you just keep the original rolled lip?

    Looks good!
     
  12. HeepKrushr

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    klunky

    leave enough at the bottom of the piece to form a lip
    hammer that bottom couple of inches over a small diameter metal pipe to form the break
    where there is a curve, you cut the metal lip out in very small triangles and essentially fold it over - kind of like reupholstering furniture - gather the metal - alll of these gather joints will have to be welded and ground down to a finished state

    be sure to leave enough metal to bend into a lip - extra isn't bad, just use a metal cutting cookie to trim it to size

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  13. TJDIV

    TJDIV Back in The U.P.

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    And don't EVER APOLOGIZE for posting pics. We love pics.

    Good Work.

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    Poser Oh...Durka Durka Durka. s-Moderator Supporting Vendor

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    Looks good...

    :beer:
     
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    Man.....that's some NICE work! I'm going to have to do the same thing as soon as I get to that point of my project. Thanks for the pics and the description.

    BTW: How much do you want for another set? :D
     
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    Thats exellent work mate
     
  18. HeepKrushr

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    thanks guys - glad you like them :beer:

    I think it would be worth my time to make them for 75 bucks per pair. I'd like to do it for 50 per pair, but I don't think thats enough. Then again I don't want to seem as though I'm ripping people off :(. What do you guys think?

    They would need to be shipped from the Columbus Ohio area also

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  19. HeepKrushr

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    thats an idea - maybe if I sell 50 sets I can finish the Richard Petty Cruiser :D
     
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    hey heepkrushr,

    can you send me some of them bad boys? what's your address?

    when can you have some ready? also, how far to the inside do they extend? like all the way to the sill or not?

    thanks man,
    jonathan
    jmalphr@clemson.edu