Inner Panel Bracing
During the build of a custom project, one of the areas we like to address is supporting the rear qter panels to keep them tight and straight for longevity in our paint work. As seen in the wheel house of this 1957 Chevy we are forming and building a brace to support our skeleton reinforcement system. Qter panels were not adequately supported until the early to mid sixties when full inner wheel houses were finally a common item installed on cars by the MFG.
The perfect time to build such a system is when you are replacing the qter panels at the same time. As seen we are forming a tubing support to the outer edge of the qter panel. This will eventually be welded to the qter.
As seen the original half wheel house worked well for dirt and debris protection, but with only a rubber seal between it and the outer qter panel. No wonder 57 Chevys and any car supported the same have always had wavy unattractive bulging qter panels! Our system will provide the support necessary to keep the qter panel in line.
Once installed you can see no bulges or waves, the way a 57 Chevy should look. For grins the next time you see a Classic Chevy or any car from that era sight down the side of both qter panels and see for yourself how uneven the two will be with out our methods performed on them.