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Customs Need Input: Filling Headlight Bucket/Mount 1940 Dodge Pickup

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by OneRustedDodge, Jun 6, 2019.

  1. OneRustedDodge
    Joined: Jan 28, 2007
    Posts: 174


    Hi HAMBers,

    I'm trying to give my '40 Dodge a facelift and would like your advice on the best way to approach making a sheet metal patch for filling the headlight depression. It also includes the peak of the fender. Please let me know your thoughts.


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  2. paintman27
    Joined: Apr 23, 2011
    Posts: 257

    from new jersey

    I think 46 Chevy buckets look alot better on Dodge
  3. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 5,136

    Bandit Billy

    Cut it out, turn it over and weld it back in?
  4. 1946caddy
    Joined: Dec 18, 2013
    Posts: 1,459

    from washington

    I would hammer and dolly the low area until it had the correct shape of the fenders, fill the holes, shrinking any area that needs it. Once you have this area perfect, I would make the fender peak using a bead roller and weld in the piece.
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  5. ...just pound the dent back out, that's how it was made with a machine,...fine tune with the crease, what you gonna do for headlites?...39-40 Dodges had the lites in the valley between fender center and hood, look much better there.
  6. john worden
    Joined: Nov 14, 2007
    Posts: 1,418

    john worden
    from iowa

    I've done this. Cut the dish length wise from 12 oclock to 6 oclock. Hammer the low half dish's up to contour. Weld the cut and mount holes closed. It can be metal finished if the metal has not been thinned excessively due to rust.
  7. john worden
    Joined: Nov 14, 2007
    Posts: 1,418

    john worden
    from iowa

    A headlight dish can be formed in a non dished fender by cutting 12 to 6 and hammering the dish halves down.
    Done that too.
  8. goldmountain
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
    Posts: 873


    Like Rusty1 mentioned. That isn't a '40 Dodge but '41 or later. My brother did this modification years ago, just pounded it out from the backside.
  9. Fortunateson
    Joined: Apr 30, 2012
    Posts: 2,181


    I have a '42 and I like the look much better than the '39-40. Just be careful what you replace them with. I've seen some really hideous conversions.
  10. exterminator
    Joined: Apr 21, 2006
    Posts: 1,343


    I like those 46 chevy lights on the dodge myself.
  11. bschwoeble
    Joined: Oct 20, 2008
    Posts: 366


    paintman27 Headlights look really good. Nice work.
  12. Why not use a floor jack, and a wooden block, and a little heat on the topside ? a little pressure, a little bumping, and you should see results.

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