Sheet Metal Mods
There are many sheet metal body mods we have made through out the years but one of our favorites is this comparison between an original 50 Ford Truck and 50 Ford Custom bodied project. The hood on the left has been lowered three inches compared to the stock one on the right! As seen we made a slice from the rear to the front at the correct angle to achieve our desired look.
The view of the stock hood shows it to be a bit bulky and obviously in need of a diet.
This shot shows a stock wheel well opening. Notice how the edge of the opening seems to flow against the tire wheel combination.
We start by taping off the wheel house with our desired changes. When we have decided we are pleased we then bend stainless 3/8 rod to fit the tape line.
The stainless rod is clamped in place and is shaped to the point of a matching fit to our tape line.
The stainless rods are bent and ready to be welded in place for support.
We cut the fender out and installed the stainless reinforcement. We then tack welded it in place and you start to get a look at what she will become.
As seen the newly restructured wheel house allows the tire to breathe and is more natural looking.
On the front fender we have added a few extension sections, to tighten up the wheel house a bit.
Before welding we make a template that duplicates the stainless reinforcement and place it on the fender for cutting and or welding it in place.
As seen the stock front fender opening on the right is a bit large for a symmetrical look. The left shows a tighter opening which is more natural looking.
She is coming along nicely.