To fill in the upper side panel, I start with construction paper roughly cut and taped in place.
From the inside I trace where the pattern should be cut.
After Cutting I tape it into place for a dry fitting.
Once the pattern is correct I trace onto sheet steel and cut out the filler panel.
The upper panels were put in place with the same method of a overlapping strip of sheet steel.
Once all the strips were prepped I cut the panels and dry fit them.
At the bottom of the panel there is a small curve that I will have to recreate. I mark the top, bottom and middle of the curves position. You can also see the backing strips that I’ve been making to merge the bodywork together.
Using a custom built bender I create the smaller curve.
Once bent into shape I clamp the panel in place and begin to weld.
Side shots of driver and passenger side panel in place.