Anybody know anyone in Utah (Salt Lake, Utah County areas) that has the skill to do rear 40 quarter panels? Just wondering? I can't afford pre-made plus shipping, so that's why I'm looking at going this way.
I have made about a dozen pairs out of 18g. Steel.
I took a piece of plastic gas main pipe (3' long and about 10" in diameter) and built a simple frame around two large blocks of wood and made a very simple press that exactly reproduces the stock bend of the quarter panel. You just take the pre-cut steel blank, lay in the press, stomp on with your foot and out comes a perfect radius bend. Helps to weigh in at 260 but even if you don't it's not that hard.
Sounds medieval but it works like a charm.
I can take some pics of it if anyone is interested. I built it in `94 and it has seen a lot of use. In other words, I never realized how much it would get used.
I just realized that it will be dark when I get home so I'll take some pics tomorrow before work.
Like I said it's pretty medival so don't expect anything fancy but it works well.
ckolloff - I have a similar sized metal pipe to the plastic one that I am currently using and was thinking that I took a piece of angle iron and welded it one side as a clamping surface to hold down the work the I could build a roller that would spin around the center of the large steel pipe on arms mounted to bearings. This would allow the use of a thicker material like 1/8 (11g) diamond plate steel....
Hard to envision, when I take the pics I'll so a simple drawing.
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