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Hot Rods TECH - Building Patch Panels for my Hood

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 34FordConv, Jun 2, 2009.

  1. 34FordConv
    Joined: Oct 31, 2007
    Posts: 185

    34FordConv
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    I know, I know, you can buy repop hoods but where's the fun in that!

    I had a very rough hood for my 34 and the price of a replacement was enough incentive to try to fix mine.
    So here goes.

    1. Using 18 guage steel I cut two pieces larger than I needed for the panels and broke a 90 on one edge.

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    2. I made a cardboard template for the nose of the hood and transfered it to the metal leaving enough metal to bend a lip on the edge.

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    3. Using body hammer , dolly , a large old socket a heavy chunck of iron (anything as a dolly), dolly the metal over on the edge a little at a time, to the shape required.

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    Place your panel on a flat surface and tap the dollied edge straight down on the edge to keep your panel flat

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    4. Once the nose was shaped, I trimmed the panel tail of the panel to the proper shape, leaving it about an inch too long (so it will overlap the cowl when fitting)

    Notice the pitiful pitted panel being used for a pattern

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    5. I made another cardboard template to match the crown of the hood, and began shrinking the edge to match.

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    6. Test fitting as I went

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    7. Using the E Wheel put the crown in the hood

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    8. Trim the rear to fit

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    9. The lower hinge area was good so it was saved. I trimmed it off the original and attached the side curtain, then fitted it to the car with screws.

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    10. The patch panel was trimmed to match the saved piece and steel welded togeter using oxy accet torch. Welding alternating small areas to prevent warpage

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    11. Finish grind the welds and dolly where needed.

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    12. The fitted hood


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    13. Refinish

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    Hope this inspires and has some helpful info.
    Hope you like!
     
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  2. Stu D Baker
    Joined: Mar 4, 2005
    Posts: 2,679

    Stu D Baker
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    from Illinois

  3. sodas38
    Joined: Sep 17, 2004
    Posts: 2,345

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    Pretty bitchin, great job.
     
  4. Xdrag48
    Joined: Mar 1, 2009
    Posts: 470

    Xdrag48
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    Great job,Nice pictures too,thanks for posting!

    Steve
     

  5. 34FordConv
    Joined: Oct 31, 2007
    Posts: 185

    34FordConv
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    Thanks guys ... I appreciate the comments
     
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  6. kookee
    Joined: Jan 19, 2008
    Posts: 526

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    All I need is an E-wheel and borrow some of your skill and I could be off and running!

    Thanks for the tech post! Book Marked!
     
  7. cvstl
    Joined: Apr 15, 2009
    Posts: 1,472

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    from StL MO
    1. H.A.M.B. Chapel

    Very Nice!
     
  8. 34FordConv
    Joined: Oct 31, 2007
    Posts: 185

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    You don't really need an E-Wheel for this one, you could shape the crown over a piece of pipe. The E-Wheel just made it easier.
     
  9. Beautiful tech post. I love shaping sheetmetal I really wish that I had more time or more money to be free to do it more.

    Again, great post and it goes to show that you don't HAVE to buy what you need.

    Thanx,
    Jaysin
     

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