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Body Panels Part 3

The hood ended up being fairly difficult. The bender I made couldn't quite handle wide pieces. The bar would deflect giving the piece a crown.

So I thought I would try making it in three separate pieces. I tried to make them all the same.

I used the angle iron to get the crown I did want and all was working well until I tried fitting it up. It didn't match with the grill or tank. I figured I was going to have a hard time getting them to match up.

So I tried a full pieces again with slightly thinner gauge sheet metal. I still couldn't get the width to match up so I decided to cut it down the middle.

I used ratchet straps to get the crown similar to the tank and grill. I welded strips of metal underneath to keep the crown after the ratchet straps were removed (not shown).

Once both sides were done, I welded up the middle.

Sheet Metal Bending

Sheet Metal Bending

In the end, my Dad still had to do some bodywork to make it look good but this was the best I could do with the tools I had. The pieces did line up better.

Sheet Metal Bending

I don't know what to call the next pieces but lower engine bay sides? Those were easy. Nothing fancy.

The last bits of sheet metal needed would be the side steps or fenders I guess you could call them.

I didn't take too many pictures of this work. I used my bender and made a frame out of 1/2" square tubing. Then I cut out the sheet metal and welded it on top. You can see how the fender steps in to hide where I kicked out the sides to make the seat wider. 

I cut out all of the sheet metal above with straight edges and an angle grinder with a cutoff wheel. I bent it using a home made bender that worked pretty well for the narrow stuff but not so well for the hood. I was using 14 gauge material though. Over all it turn out pretty good. I don't particularly enjoy the sheet metal work so I just wanted to get it done, hence the reason I didn't take many pictures. 

I got one track out of the shed to put it next to it to give me a little motivation. 

Mini Dozer Caterpillar Twenty Two Build

I got to this point in September of 2012. A little less than a year after I started. I was really happy with how it was looking but the big problem hanging over my head was the old pumps.