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  • 06-07-2016, 16:31
    timetolook
    Decided to use this afternoon to start Phase 3 of this panel and i expect this will the last update for a while, as i need to spend the next couple of days prepping my 55 Chevy truck for a show this saturday.....so i expect i wont get back onto the 59 til next week sometime...

    Any how, enough of the waffle and onto the panel......



    Did my usual and went through my making the template stage and transferring to the metal sheet and cutting it out







    Next was to start shaping that curved edge..... a large pair of pliers, panel beating hammer , dolly and a vice helped it along nicely....







    Started to trim it up a little and started trial fitting.......









    And then a first trial fit of all 3 panels at the same time to get an idea of how it will all look,still a long way to go on it all yet........







    Work time involved in this panel from start to this stage was approx 1 and a half to 2 hours...



    Still a lot of trimming,fettling and shaping to go to get it ready for the final steps of cutting out the rot and then welding it all together and into the car........




    Time to start washing and getting my 55 truck ready now so catch you next time


  • 06-07-2016, 06:39
    timetolook
    Quote Originally Posted by stevie.t View Post
    iv got a consul capri that was very rotton, its took a fair while but the body is all welded up and repaired, as with your car ours was patch upon patch, it takes time but keep up the good work

    ive a long way to go on the ol girl but it'll be worth it


    Quote Originally Posted by russ6120 View Post
    Thats a nice bit of fab work. And thank you for showing how you got the curves. What thickness is the steel?

    the metal is 1mm thickness and after doing that curve im glad i didnt go for any thicker as it took some doing to get the curve "tight"...

    thanks for the kind words folks, it is appreciated,especially as these are my 1st attempts at making panels like this
  • 05-07-2016, 21:08
    russ6120
    Thats a nice bit of fab work. And thank you for showing how you got the curves. What thickness is the steel?
  • 05-07-2016, 21:03
    stevie.t
    iv got a consul capri that was very rotton, its took a fair while but the body is all welded up and repaired, as with your car ours was patch upon patch, it takes time but keep up the good work
  • 05-07-2016, 10:59
    timetolook
    Panel 1 Phase 2


    Managed to get a few hours yesterday and today on making the next stage of this under seat panel......



    Started off in the usual way, measurements with rough sketch then transferred to card and then the metal itself ( i wont bore you with pics of the templates as i am sure you will get the idea from my first panel stage)







    Then i did the first 90 degree bend.... notice i did the one furthest away from the edge...i had to do this one first as i wouldnt have been able to fit it in my bending machine if id done the outer one first.....







    So, the next bit was fun..... sort of !!!

    How to get the nice curve.....I had a route around my garage and found this.....






    It is a toughened piece of plastic tubing used for under ground cables...... surely i couldnt be that lucky and it would work !! ?

    yes i guess i can....






    Clamped it at both ends and over we go.....











    A shot of how it looked underneath







    Spent a bit of time fettling the panel to hopefully get it all looking correct.....





















    Then had a trial fit to see how it looks in situ'








    then with Phase 1 of the panel...both roughly sat in place










    That took me approx 5 or 6 hours to get the 2nd panel to this stage....... ive still got some more shaping to do on it and then i can start Phase 3 of this panel.......
  • 03-07-2016, 14:43
    timetolook
    I've been waiting on bits n bobs arriving so in the meantime i made myself a bending machine using the diagrams and info from this thread 1962 Vauxhall Victor FB - Making Panels | Retro Rides The chap involved
    Tonybmw is excellent..... gives a great narrative and explains everything,step by step......it is WELL worth a read and you taking the time to go though his thread..... I did and it is because of his thread i have the confidence to give the self making panel thing a go...

    My bender all finished......






    As you can see it is nice and mobile so in this instance i can actually have it in the car where i am making my first panel...




    Onto the panel itself...my first "proper" home made panel and not just a bit of metal to chuck in as a patch....


    This is the area i am doing first.....








    First i did a rough sketch taking measurements from the area itself...in this case, the left under rear seat area.....







    Then transferred it to white card








    Then cut it out.....







    One of my deliveries was a few sheets of zintec mild steel sheeting ( the stuff tonybmw uses uses in the thread i linked up there ^^^ Zintec metal sheeting has a zinc coating on it helping prevent corrosion for those that have never heard of it)


    So i transferred onto the metal using my card template








    And then cut the metal to shape.....








    And then started bending it to shape







    And then it was a case of trial fit remove,trim and repeat until i had this.....








    Still not finished as i have 2 more parts of this panel to make before it is ready for welding altogether and final finishing and then welding into the car......



    More next time
  • 25-06-2016, 20:12
    English Impala
    That makes sense, mine was a 4 door and the rear carpet was glued on top of it
  • 25-06-2016, 20:02
    timetolook
    Quote Originally Posted by English Impala View Post
    That screw-on panel is for the carpet to sit on top of (at least thats what they were for in my old 60 Impala).
    just been told on a 59 forum it is........... The extra piece along the side that was screwed on is the factory wiring channel cover. Protects the rear wiring harness from possibly getting pinched by the rear seat cushion frame......
  • 25-06-2016, 19:30
    timetolook
    Quote Originally Posted by English Impala View Post
    That screw-on panel is for the carpet to sit on top of (at least thats what they were for in my old 60 Impala).
    ah, good call thanks for that.... saves me going crazy trying to suss out what it was for
  • 25-06-2016, 18:21
    English Impala
    That screw-on panel is for the carpet to sit on top of (at least thats what they were for in my old 60 Impala).
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