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post #34 of (permalink) Old 10-04-2013, 11:11 AM Thread Starter
Paul L
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Modifying Spitfire Rear Arches & Floors - Part 1:
I needed to test fit the rear arches section with the Cordite's rear frame to form a plan.
It has to be threaded thru the frame work so the hand brake panel sit above the frame.



This section needed some minor trimming to slip underneath the gas tank.
Then some major surgery was required at the front to wrap around the framework.





I cut the openings deeper than was necessary just to be on the safe side.



With all the cuts made, it was time to box them back up, so I made some cardboard templates.



I then marked up some sections of old Spitfire wheel arch left in my "scrap" pile.



Which, together with some small sections of new metal, provided me with my first repair panels.



My metal working tools are somewhat limited to say the least, but I could still hammer the metal flat.



Then I cleaned up all the edges in preparation for welding.



( It was only after I had taken this photo that I remembered I needed to weld at an angle across the main sections. )

Those with a sensitive disposition to the horrors of amateur welding should look away now.





I know they are ugly looking, but they are very solid and I am very happy with the result.
Especially as I have never attempted anything like this before and I'll get better with practice.
( Thin metal is definitely harder to weld than the box section I'd been using before. )

To be continued...

Last edited by Paul L; 02-12-2018 at 05:57 PM. Reason: Replacing PhotoBucket Images
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