Sometimes just cutting a slot in a panel to go around an exsisting part just isn't enough, and begins to look like every other panel.
I had to fill in and area behind a grill to feed more air towards the radiator.
They are commonly known as baffles ! !
So I started out with a piece of aluminum ( 3003 H14 ) which is rather soft and nice for shaping.
This is the hood latch brace I need to get around, notice the half circle I have drawn is reference.
Now I need to stretch the area inside my reference mark .
With repeated trips back and forth to the beater bag and wheel I making the area deeper and a bit more defined.
Now I am smoothing the edges and the flats to get rid of the walnuts my hammer left being from stretching.
The slapper is a great tool for this job.
My next step was to cut out the slots that fit by the support.
Now I need to deepen the inside area.