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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-21-2003, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
 
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Adding rigidty to sheet metal?

When i originally hacked my hood i cut off the factory lip at the bottom that was bent in to give the hood some rigidty and i did a bad cut so now i want to go back and take another 2-3" off the hood and add some rigidity, one idea i've heard is to cut about 1 1/2" below where i want cut and then put vertical cuts every 3-6" and bend the sheet metal up the 1 1/2" to the inside of the hood (so you can't see it when the hood is down). Does this sound like a good idea? I've already cut a top of one of my fenders and i'm going to cut the other top when i get back out to the garage and as soon as i get the hood chopped again and the fender tops back on the fenders i'm going to work on some quick disconect inner fenders. I'm working on de-rigging my jeep 1 step at a time.

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Re: Adding rigidty to sheet metal?

Not understanding the part about you taking "another 2-3" off the hood"??

I'd just bend another lip at 90 degrees to the surface to stiffen it. I'd avoid cutting any slots, as it will just concentrate all the force at that point and bend easily there. If you have to slot it because of some curve, I'd weld that joint closed again to make it solid once again. Ideally, you don't want to slot the metal, you want to shrink it absorb the excess metal. That's more than I can describe here, and something that requires practice.
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Re: Adding rigidty to sheet metal?

I'm a little on the confused side too. [img]images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]
Can you post some pics? [img]images/graemlins/RockOn.gif[/img]
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Re: Adding rigidty to sheet metal?

My front fenders are on jaffer's new comp tj and i have hacked 3" off my hood, i'm all about low center of gravity, low lift, and high clearance so i took some off the hood isntead of lifting my jeep some more and i want to take some more off my hood because i only want to make inner fenders once and i should be able to use the inner fenders with the gheto fenders i have now or with tube fenders come this sping.

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