Classic Car Restoration: Body Work : Metal Design: Car Restoration Tips

Classic Car Restoration: Body Work : Metal Design: Car Restoration Tips

Hi. I’m Doug. I work with twenty great guys
in St. Louis at Doug Jenkins Custom Hot Rods and we are going to do some work for you today
on Expert Village. Now, Alex is laying out patterns and making pieces of the things that
were cut off the car. He tries to save any bits of steel that came off the car that are
usable. So, it’s easier to trace them and reproduce them than it is to invent them in
the first place. Just years of experience gives him the idea of how to lay it out. It’s
just logical stuff. If you are doing this for the first time, it might be helpful to
photograph each step so that you can remember how the car looked as you were cutting it
apart. That’s a good technique for going through something so you don’t have to try to remember
too much. As you saw when the car came apart, there was lots of body filler on it, but you
don’t want to be doing a lot of work where you have to be covering up your bad workmanship
with a lot of body filler. It’s best to reproduce the thing exactly as it was in steel. And
you can use little or no body filler when you go to do your final work.

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  1. i found that using a piece of cardboard, (not the corrugated stuff) or construction paper to trace the part to be replaced. then bend, fold and trim the cardboard so it looks exactly like the piece your going to replace, then open it up and trace it on the sheetmetal and cut it out. if something does not come out right, toss the cardboard and try it again. cardboard is cheaper than sheetmetal

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