While wearing safety glasses, the hinge pockets were carefully removed using an air-driven cutoff wheel.
Using a clamped on section of angle iron as a guide, a plasma cutter was used to trim a graduated 8 inches from the rear forward on the hood for an even panel.
To remove most (if not all) of the curvature from the hood top, a section of angle iron was used.
On a workbench, team member Keith Cornell used a baby sledgehammer to slowly and carefully work the angle iron across the panel to significantly reduce its curvature.
Here you can see the panel with just a hint of curvature left once the reworking was completed.
The panel was then marked for trimming of 4-3/4 inches from the back and a slight vertical trim at the front tip of the spear to square off the section.
With a small section of metal strapping as a guide, the areas were trimmed with a plasma cutter. They were then deburred with a grinder topped with a 50-grit disc.
The bottom rear corner of the frame cover was then marked for a 3/4-inch notch to gracefully meet the cowl line.
The notch was removed with a cutoff wheel and deburred using a combination half-round and flat file.
The panel was then held in place to the outer framerail and marked inside for the upcoming 90-degree bend to wrap the framerail top.
This image lets you see the panel clamped in place prior to bending. Note it was trimmed slightly to fit at the cowl line.
The transition notch between frame cover and cowl will carry the lower body line perfectly.
Using a Brute tabletop sheetmetal brake, a 90-degree bend was added to the panel.
The panel was then trimmed to fit the top of the framerail using a plasma cutter, and deburred with a 50-grit disc.
Panel lines were finessed with a combination file where it met the front of the cowl, further enhancing the body line progression.
Next, it was time to extend the front panel ahead of the spear to the end of the framerail.
Another small section of the original ’32 Ford hood was trimmed off using a cutoff wheel and mocked in place for the transition piece.
It then received a 90-degree bend to fit.
Cornell used a 2-inch steel pipe secured in a bench vise along with a body hammer to add a slight curve to the section, matching the base panel.
The panel extension was then TIG-welded in place using a Lincoln Electric Precision TIG welder, model 225.
To complete the panel’s proportions and allow for ample front leaf spring clearance, the tip of the cover spear was marked and trimmed.
The remaining previously cut hood panel was then set in place for the lower framerail cover and marked for a 90-degree bend.
The bend was done on the tabletop brake and mocked in place.
The lower panel end was then marked for trimming with a cutoff wheel to accentuate the lower spear and give it a nice curve for completion.
The cover was then removed and set on a workbench to complete all final TIG welding.
Here you can see a shot of the detail to be worked into the bottom of the panel extension where team member Ken Schmidt laid out a row of 2-inch louvers for added vibe.
These images sum it up quite nicely where the transitions between both frame covers meet to create a dramatic transition between the panels.
The overall effect of the covers not only gives the coupe a finished look, but also adds plenty of style to the mix.