Progress Thread The "grátis" 1966 Coupe -odds and ends: fenders

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I was going to shoot a video of my fender repair. I scrapped that idea because the kids wouldn't stop running through the garage.

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Got the headlight bucket where it needed to be and welded that in. Then started on the graft.
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I still have some welding to do. I'll pick it back up tomorrow. I'm also going to need to make a small filler piece because, of course, I cut one side just a tad short. I think this may actually turn out pretty good.
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Damn ! You are getting good!
There's definitely a difference between my welds now and two years ago!

I had to do this on a fender for a 36 ford truck ,it was like welding on a big metal ball
I'm definitely doing this the hard way. I'm sure most would just get a new fender. This fender fits really well up to the cowl and window post, so I still want to use it. Plus, if I pull this off, the experience will likely pay dividends down the road.
 

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Trust me, it actually doesn't look nearly as good in person. If this was done by a body shop, I'd refuse to pay them. In any case, I'm just about done with the fender repair. Filler will definitely be needed. I still need to re-weld a section. I've noticed two areas where I didn't get much weld penetration. You can still see the seam where the two pieces meet. I had my welder set two notches above the recommended setting for the thickness. Still, I was only getting penetration into the metal every second or third weld. Every time I have to weld involving old metal, it always behaves like this.

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@horse sence any tips on getting better weld penetration with original sheet metal? I never seem to have this problem with new metal. I was able to make my hybrid battery apron with relative ease. I'm always having issues with weld penetration on old sheet metal regardless of how clean it is.
 

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Could be your ground ,i somtimes have problems on conversions because i cant get a good ground ,any tar or dirt or even paint from the back side of a gap weld can cause problems
 

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The parts I ordered from CJ arrived last week. In spite of its good reviews, the upper stone guard from CJ was a horrible stamping much like the '67-'68 radiator support I purchased from them. I ordered a new Dynacorn part, and once again, the difference is night and day. I'll post some pictures in a day or two. It's too cold in the garage and I'm too lazy right now.
 
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The parts I ordered from CJ arrived last week. In spite of its good reviews, the upper stone guard from CJ was a horrible stamping much like the '67-'68 radiator support I purchased from them. I ordered a new Dynacorn part, and once again, the difference is night and day. I'll post some pictures in a day or two. It's too cold in the garage and I'm too lazy right now.

Its really confusing when ordering from CJ's because a lot of the "CJ classics" line ARE Dynacorn parts...or rather parts from the same suppliers Dynacorn uses(which in fact are the same parts), but not all of them. I can't speak to the stone guard though since I actually have 2 OEM pieces in good shape to choose from there(one from an old '66 I had and one from this one)
 

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Its really confusing when ordering from CJ's because a lot of the "CJ classics" line ARE Dynacorn parts...or rather parts from the same suppliers Dynacorn uses(which in fact are the same parts), but not all of them. I can't speak to the stone guard though since I actually have 2 OEM pieces in good shape to choose from there(one from an old '66 I had and one from this one)
From my experience, a lot of their CJ Classics line of parts have Dynacorn part numbers. Some parts, like the ‘67-‘68 GT rear valance I ordered, arrived with Dynacorn stickers. Some didn’t have them, but were still quality stampings. Others, like the stone guard, and the first radiator support and ‘67 battery apron I bought, were just terrible stampings. Tons of waves and soft corners. I’ll try to post some pictures this weekend. The difference between the stone guards is pretty stark.