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Old November 10th, 2009, 11:49 PM
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Post by snuffy on Jun 9, 2006, 5:35pm

I'm straightning out the fenders...

Anyone know the radius of the wheelwell/fender?

I've got an idea... and it will make this a lot easier! We have a company we get to plasma cut (computer guided) sheet steel for us. If they cut (60% of) a circle the same size (x 2) and I weld them together with 5 inch spacers in them, I have a pattern for a straightened fender. Set the fender over the pattern and get the torch and hammer!!!! Looking @ 11 ga. Open to suggestions....

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Re: Heat'n and Beat'n
Post by luckypabst on Jun 9, 2006, 7:17pm

Are you replacing the flares with 11ga or repairing damage?

If replacing, just have the 5" wide flat strip rolled in a slip roller to the correct radius. Heck, just get it close, leave it long and fit it in place.

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Re: Heat'n and Beat'n
Post by jeepistdougiowa on Jun 9, 2006, 10:47pm

Chris is right on..hammer and torch would be a royal PITA.

If you have any reason at all to come to Iowa, bring your 11ga and i'll roll it for ya, if not find a local sheet metal shop that has a slip roller. I used our ancient version of this to do the rears flares/wheelwells. http://www.irvansmith.com/catalog2/p...lip_roll.shtml



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Re: Heat'n and Beat'n
Post by luckypabst on Jun 10, 2006, 12:02am

At the company I used to work for (7 hours ago) we had that exact same Enco import slip roller, but in the 3 phase powered version. It's been through hades and back after 10 years or so, rolling well over its rated limit. I did have to repair the casting at the pivot end about 4 years back with some Ni rod with the flux pounded off.

Great machine for the cash.

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Re: Heat'n and Beat'n
Post by snuffy on Jun 10, 2006, 9:28am

I'm just using the patern to straighten out the wrinkles... Its not bad at all using a torch and hammer. Just want to get them back to a fairly straight position. Thought about just replacing them with 1/4 inch, but the rear ones would be a huge PITA given the way they are welded into the bed. I would rather fix them than replace them.

I straightened out my tailgate in an hour and a half. Someone had backed into what I believe was loading dock - bending the 'tubing' right at the reflectors. Wasn't real bad, but was definately noticable. Several other good dings, but they weren't hard to repair.

I filled in the holes with a MIG, ground them down, and it was good to go. Shot a little primer on to hold it over until I start sand blasting and moved on. The Forest Service was rough on the bed - I have 53 drilled holes (they drilled them) to fill in.

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Re: Heat'n and Beat'n
Post by wrecker on Jun 10, 2006, 10:43am

Hey Snuffster, I'm not sure you want to put too much heat on the flares since they are thinner and have no ribs or straight edges to keep them in a certain position after heating and cooling. You might end up with some distortion from the heat that would look as bad as the dents. I'd whack on 'em with the hammer and no heat and use a dent puller if needed. Just my opin. Bill
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Re: Heat'n and Beat'n
Post by snuffy on Jun 10, 2006, 12:13pm

I'm just using the heat to make it a little more pliable. A dent puller will not work... nature of the distortion. Some of the deformarion is impact, some due to the tires (which will be corrected shortly), some due to God knows what! Don't have a straight one on the truck.


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Does anyone know the radius of the fender/wheelwell?
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Post by amphi on Jun 10, 2006, 1:20pm

I just went and looked at mine and this is what I see and measure. The fenders don't make a full half circle but the front come close. After visually extending them to a half circle, it appears as if the diameter is about 46" and half would put the radius at 23". I'm sure if you made something close to this they would bend into shape. Length seems to be most critical. My front length is about 63-15/16" rear 54-1/8"

Try a cardboard template and test it. If this doesn't work, I understand Jon brute4c can do the calculations in his head while on the road. Maybe he'll do it for you. LOL

Here is a link to a math calculator for circles and spheres.

http://www.csgnetwork.com/circlecalc.html

Will someone please back me on these numbers?
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Re: Heat'n and Beat'n
Post by 40grit on Jun 10, 2006, 2:23pm

46" is real close,
Spicer and i toyed around with opening them up, I got a 4' round table, flipped it over , traced a stencil and then transfered it to the fender...was a little bigger than stock..

isn't stock real close to a 44"...seems someone has a pic of a 44" swamper stuffed and it matching the flair pretty close
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Re: Heat'n and Beat'n
Post by brute4c on Jun 10, 2006, 10:23pm

If I have time tommorow, I'll measure mine to back that up...
 

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