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Hi all

I need to fabricate some 70's style arches for my bus, I'd really like them in steel so they look and feel like part of the bodywork.

The arches [for rear only] have got to be quite large and I'd like them to taper away towards the bottom, looking for idea's really, parts I could buy and perhaps alter etc.

I was a sheet metal worker welder for a big chunk of my life and I could make them square with mitres to get the shape but I don't want it to look like a tank, I did very little with curved and rounded shaped things and although I own welding gear and a small folder, really don't have the tools to fabricate from scratch curved one's.

Here's the bus [don't laugh, I know it's not a rod;)] which will when on the road be running some slots probably 6"-7" on front and if I can get them 10"s on the rear, got to fill them new rear arches:D









Thanks for looking and advice greatly appreciated.

Brian
 

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I would second the trailer arches.

What do you mean "don't laugh it's not a rod" . Makes no difference on here oldboy, it's your ride, and you are as welcome as anybody else.
 

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I What do you mean "don't laugh it's not a rod" . Makes no difference on here oldboy, it's your ride, and you are as welcome as anybody else.
I love working on motors, fabrication, building and especially driving them. Joined NSRA first and it was suggested I joined another site and not theirs:( I guess I can understand where they're coming from as I don't have a hotrod but never really been left feeling I wasn't welcome before.

Anyhow they did let me join and I visit there once or twice a day, obviously don't have a lot to contribute but I enjoy reading about their projects/rides, the classified sections etc. Never to old to learn;)

Trailer arches guy's, I've only ever seen the sort of three sided one's [flat on the top with the two sides coming off at an angle].

I'll google arches and see what comes up, the most I've come up with so far is like cutting a motorbike mudguard in half down the length as a start and then modifying it to fit the contour's of the vans side panels. Bloody big bike mudguard needed though.

Cheers for the imput, gonna check out trailer arches now:D

Brian.
 

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how about mk 1 escort "bubble" arches possibly the front ones or the mk 2 escort "forest" arches
ttfn glenn
Hi Glenn

I saw some of these on ebay and they were a lot of money, I think the ones I was looking at were also fibreglass [would really prefer steel as I can alter that easier].
I never seem to find any local'ish to offer up to the side of the bus, don't help that it's not quite on the road yet but hopefully that'll be sorted next week:D

The bubble shape though is definitely what I'm after or at least that's what I'd call a 70's style arch.

Thanks for the contribution;)
 

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a bit off the wall but how about using the outer few inches of a beetle wing as a base shape to start from
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a bit off the wall but how about using the outer few inches of a beetle wing as a base shape to start from
ttfn glenn
We obviously think alike:D I've been thinking along those lines in the past as it's still keeping it VW metal:lol:

Up to now I've done nothing but think:beuj: as the bus is almost ready for MOT I've started looking at wheels and I don't like those wonky rubber arches hence me bouncing some idea's off you guys:D

Thanks again Glenn;)
 

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hey bud i dont own a rod ,i have a mk2 consul and now it as a pinto in it ,thanks to tips and help from the guys gals here ,ive never felt not welcome here .your metal work skills may be of use to others ,so its swings and rounabouts here .i love it here ,
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How about mark 1 or 2 transit rear arches , then you can blend into the body so looks all in one.
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How about mark 1 or 2 transit rear arches , then you can blend into the body so looks all in one.
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I'll check some pictures of the early transits [twin wheel ones with arches, weren't they?] and see if I like the shape;)

Thanks for the idea:D

Brian.
 
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