If De Tomaso had built the car with the same high standards it would have cost $50,000.00 in 1972, without the wheels! A master craftsman and a most impressive job, I salute you.
Awesome work all around. Love the 180 exhaust especially the exhaust opening out of he rear of car.

The rear fender flares are beautiful. You have done real talent there. Any chance you could post a few more photos and information on you build process of the flares/fenders?

It also appears from one of the photos that you may building new front fenders. Any photos of those?

Merry Christmas and once again - great work!

Devin

P.S. Your custom wheels also look great.

Thank you all for the nice comments!
I use english wheel and shrinker-stretcher and the bead roller. With those 3 tools you can make any shape.I make a paper template first. I Tig weld all seams, Mig welds are to hard to process in the English wheel they crack20161226_125400_[500x375)

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Here is the die i use the most in the bead roller. it is possible to make a curved break with it. so i have used it to make the fender edges20161226_125924_[500x375)

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Here is what i start with. It is possible to make it in one pice to, But it take much longer then! with the seam it is faster and i think it stresses the steel less when i don't need to stretch it so much.20161130_201900_[500x375)

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Here it is spot welded. i take it off the car for the final seam weld. and then i grind down the weld and smooth it out in the english wheel20161202_195538_[500x375)

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Now started on the front fenders. I use the steel bar that are curved around the wheel as guide, Its exactly were the fender opening will be. The sheet metal is slightly bigger i trim it off when its done20161226_123644_[500x375)

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I turn the material around the edge just the same way as original when every thing fits and are welded. I make both sides at same time in that way they become identical.

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It's good you have long and cold winters in Finland.
I know that make the right identical curves into the metal is not so easy as it looks.

Is this your bussinus or only a hobby?

Simon
Thank you David .

Simon my business is collision repairs and painting on newer cars for insurance company's!
This is just a hobby and very relaxing when i can create my own form and shape.
When i am doing collision repairs it must look just like from factory if some one see that you have repaired it you have failed Smiler

That is why i will never do an original restoration, That is just like being at work for me Smiler
It is absolutely amazing what you are creates with heart-blood and own individual ideas. And its fantastic that you sharing the details with us. You are an inspiration for us and I really appreciate that you never give up.

Regards
Marc
Kim did you grind the web out, or did you fab the gill?
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Here is 2 pic`s of the air grills. it is strange how the rear fender looks wider with the open grills !
Hi Kjeld i talked to my contact at the glass factory last Thursday and he said that my door glasses should be ready for delivery this week.
I ordered only my glass for now! so i can be shore that they fit before i get them to any one else!
I made a steel model of it at Christmas that i sent to them. So lets see how it works out! I will let you now.

Hi Chris I made the grill new from steel ! I think that is easier than grinding!? and not so weak because the original part is some sort of cast metal and very fragile.

I turned wheel opening lip around a 3mm wire so the wheel can not hit it now20170206_195155_[500x375)

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Now it starts to look like a car again! But there is still many hours before all sheet metal work is done. The fine tuning before welding take a lot of time20170208_195123_[500x375)

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Beautiful workmanship! Thank you for detailing your progress and sharing pics. Keep me coming!
Wow what a nice build. Building your own 5S fenders too, which not many will attempt; however those look excellent. Will look great when done with those custom wheels.
Thank you all for the nice comments!

It would be a lot easier to buy the 5s fenders ! But in my eye they don't look right, I want them to follow the tire as close as possible.
And i have raised the wheel opening so the tire is in right place with the car lowered. And then i also have the front panel 80mm more vertical than oem to flow better with the lowered back panel

Its possible to do on the original 5s fenders but almost more effort than making own fenders.

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