MX2: Finishing the Cab Upper Panels

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To fill in the upper side panel, I start with construction paper roughly cut and taped in place.

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From the inside I trace where the pattern should be cut.

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After Cutting I tape it into place for a dry fitting.

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Once the pattern is correct I trace onto sheet steel and cut out the filler panel.

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The upper panels were put in place with the same method of a overlapping strip of sheet steel.

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Once all the strips were prepped I cut the panels and dry fit them.

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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.

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Using a custom built bender I create the smaller curve.

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Once bent into shape I clamp the panel in place and begin to weld.

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Side shots of driver and passenger side panel in place.

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Inside shot

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