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    Default 2014 Malibu ----> Aston Martin????

    Taking a break from doing my own project to pay some bills! I have a customer who wants to turn his Malibu into a sports car. He's given me pictures of a V-12 Zagato rear end, to inspire a version of his car. Supplied a new Corvette lower bumper, and Ferrari tail lights to start with. He also cut up and taped the car together to simulate the shapes he wants. I am duplicating it all in steel. First, the inspirations!project_000.JPGproject_5JPG.jpgproject_7PG.jpgproject_6JPG.jpgproject_4.jpg
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    project_12.jpgproject_9.jpgproject_11.jpgAfter spending a couple days planning on how to do this, I decided to start in the middle, with the trunk lid. I considered using what he had, but quickly decided that so much was needed to change it, it was easier to build one from scratch. Usual build procedure: paper pattern, steel black, and begin shaping on the Wheel, as it didn't have a lot of deep curvature. I'll make the lid in 2 pieces, the tops, with half of the downward curve, and the bottom, which has considerably more shape.
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    Next, define the edge of the quarter panel, or trunk, if you like. I used a piece of sheet metal bent 90* in a brake, then put it in the shrinker-stretcher to put in the curves to match the trunk lid. A paper template was used to constantly check the shape of the curve dropping down to the bottom of the lid.
    I got to use my new bead roller to put the bend in the sides of the trunk lid to fold it over, just like factory.
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    This should be a cool fabrication job. Anxious to see the outcome. Do you have a sketch of what you plan on it looking like?

    We have a local guy here that builds cars (Fugazzi). His most recent is a "Vader".
    Here is his build thread. Here is the prototype


    Looking forward to seeing yours!
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    No sketches Taz! All I have to go by, is the internet pics he sent me of the red Zagato, and the 'taped up' vision he has! He told me he's depending on my judgement and style to complete it. I have been asking questions about details as I go along, i.e. does he want a flush mounted gas filler, like the race Zagato has.
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    Sweet! Good luck!!!
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    Coming along well. Back side, and Left quarter just about finished!
    Wound up having to buy a Tin Man Technologies air power hammer to do the shaping on the quarter panel. Could have been done by hand and Wheel, but there was quite a bit of deep shrinking to be done, and I have to step it up!

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    100_1168_w.jpg100_1165_w.jpgEntire quarter done, and starting on the door. Transition from the stock door to the fender bulge I created on the quarter. The rocker also needs a transition. I tried to make the door jams look like they came that way, too! They will be solid welded in the Jamb, but spot welded and seam sealed at the door edge.0117151808.jpg
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    Very sweet. I'm liking it. Can't wait to see the end result!!!
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    nice metal werk, love the progress
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