Need Ideas on how to bend

Propane1

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This 1/16 metal down over the original fender. Would like it to follow the original fender shape. This will be a rounded 90 degree bend. Hopefully the pictures will give you an idea as to what I want to do.

Noel
 

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secondtry

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I have done similar things by tacking down one end to the curve then pushing down on the other end. not knowing what facility you have available makes suggestions difficult. I have a large very heavy welding table. I drillholes in the table to bolt down a a large pipe leaving a gap between the table and the pipe that the plate steel i was bending would slip under it. slip the metal under the pipe and lift the other end, it bends around the pipe. It may take several gental bends to develope the curve you want. Don
 

Propane1

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Thanks Don. Great ideas. I don’t have a heavy welding table. But I do have a reasonably good wooden work bench. I did think of your first idea. But I like the second idea better. That way you can bend passed 90 degrees a little then let it spring back.

Noel
 

Lance Skene

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Im not sure you'll bend a piece 16 gauge that long by hand rolling it around a pipe, 18 gauge maybe, 20 gauge would be better. I worked metal fab for 25+ years and still work part time in a small shop so I could do it easier than I can explain it... and I also have a big heavy welding table... without the right tools a lighter gauge would be a whole lot easier.
 

KennyP

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One way to bend it would be to weld one side to maybe a 3/4" iron pipe and clamp that in a vise. Then try to bend the metal over the pipe! Otherwise, I'd cut out the bad spots and patch in on the fenders!
 

Propane1

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Well, no. I have never used fiberglas. I've seen it used. But never did it myself. Good idea.

Noel
 

4getgto

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What's nice about fiberglass is it confirms to any configuration, dried fast and easy to sand. Never rusts.
 

secondtry

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Yep. Thats what I am doing.

Noel
The method I was suggesting would only make the bend the part following the radius of the tire. The flange on the side would be a a different ball game and require getting the metal red hot. If you cut the plate to the width required to cover the top of the fender get that welded down. Then you could use a piece of appropriate flat bar to create a flange which you could weld to the edge. bending the flange will require heat. If you flanged only the part of the fender that is flat on top it would be easy money just requiring a straight peice of flatbar to be welded to the edge. Don
 

JBRamsey

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I fully understand not having spare nickels laying around with nothing to do, but you can get a pair of steel tandem fenders delivered from Amazon for just over a $ 100. Do an odd job on a Saturday and you're done.

If you patch these, how much longer will it be before the unpatched areas rot out and you're doing the same thing again.
 

Cvans

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Noel I know what you said about the nichols but there also comes a time when you have to decide if your throwing good money away. Seriously I'd save the steel for another project. I had a set of 14 ga.? fenders bent up at a local shop. They are very strong and cost a lot less than the store bought ones. Are they beautiful, no but I caught a telephone pole on one side stopping the trailer and the truck and did little damage. You might want to consider doing something like that. You can see them in this photo. They bent them and I did the welding. They were basically just a straight U channel that I notched and bent.Ford and Ford.JPG
 

Propane1

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Thanks Chris. My trouble is I have to have this trailer ready for inspection this month. I knew I need 4 tires and brakes on all 4 wheels. Which is pricey. I didn't realize the rust trouble until last week. So time and money is my trouble to get this ready for inspection. Here where I live, every thing has to be inspected once a year. Which is a real pain, but keeps most things on the road reasonable safe to be used on roads.
Thats a good idea for fenders. My fix up, will keep me going for two years maybe. Will post pictures when done.

Noel
 
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