Welcome to my Project Porsche 911 Backdate!
In this episode, I metal shaped the inner skin in a similar way as I did the outer skin but this time its on video! Coincidentally, when I was editing this video at high speed it made me look as if I was dancing with the English Wheel, so that became the thumbnail title of this one.
The outer longhood extension seam was completely welded in and so the metal finishing began to remove any welding distortion which always occurs. Consequently, that could be an entire video in itself but here’s a quick summary. The welding process shrinks the metal in the heat affected zone that emanates from weld seam. Therefore, to counteract this linear shrinkage I hammer the heat affected zone with a heavy dolly underneath. This pinches the metal and stretches it back out to the pre-welded shape. (Sounds easier than it is!)
The same hammerform that was used for the outer skin came in handy to shape the inner skin as well and this time I captured the process on video! You can see how bumpy the metal is before the English Wheel rolls it smooth again. Certainly, the English Wheel is a very calming and satisfying tool to use.
Speaking of calming, Garage Time also went to the beach to fabricate a rib depression in the newly shaped panel. This rib will add strength to the part and give it a more finished look from the inside. Moreover, the rib serves as a finger hold when lifting and lowering the hood.
I also removed a seal channel from the trunk latch area because it was rusty, especially underneath.
Please enjoy the video. Thank you!