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    That's some really nice work there. The jigs are well made and the bends and notches in the arms look first class too. Can you hurry up and finish it so we can all get a look at it? *
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    Nice progress SanDiego.. looking forward to the pix of your modified uprights
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    Heres some pictures finally. I found some stock vw rims with some really narrow m/t baja tires for next to nothing to get it rolling around. The best part though is that it will now fit in my toybox trailer! Ill just have to change out the back wheels whenever I unpack this Bad Boy!
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    Looks great Donny! Keep going 'cuz the FESTS are not far off!
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    Nice job. I am just getting started on a shotgun and want to keep it as narrow as possible. What is the width and offset of those wheels and what is the overall width of the car?
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    Ok now Im going attemt to do the body work. Ive never done this befor so any tips along the way would be helpful.
    Im cutting templetes out of cardboard sheets and duct taping them to the car.
    So far I think its coming along pretty good.
    Ill rip the aluminum to width om my table saw then
    Ill buy some good electric sheet metal shears to cut the angles and notches.
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    The front tire width is 78: the rear is 80" *and its 144? long I think. It fits in my Funrunner
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    Good idea on the cardboard.

    When you lay out the cardboard on the aluminum (.062 will work well - 3003 series), mark the areas that run along tubes, like the lower edges and the areas around the windows, about 1" longer than you think you want them. *It will let you roll them over the tubes and give you a better fit and finish. *Plus, the rolled edge will help take out the flex.

    Go get one of those plastic on one side, rubber on the other hammers. *They work great for forming the stuff around tubes and don't leave marks.

    Watch the reflection of the light in the panel while you beat it around the tubes - it will show you the high spots and such.

    You can see what I'm talking about rolling the edges in this pic:



    To finish the edges go to your local body shop supply house and get one of the big, ugly, burly files. *They are about 15" long, 1.5" wide and have teeth spaced about .125 apart. *The teeth don't go straight across - they are arced. *Wear gloves and run the file down the edge of the panel - it will leave you with a nice straight edge and you can see where the low and high spots are. *I'll try to remember to snap a pic of mine for you.

    Overlap your panels from top to bottom. *Bottom panels go on first, then the upper panel goes on - overlap about 1/8" to 1/4".



    How do you plan on holding the panels on? *(Dzus - hint, hint..)
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    Now there is some good info. Thanks
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    Great tip K-Fab.

    The build looks good SANDiego!
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    I proved to my wife that men are more expensive than women. Then we had a Kid!!!
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