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Old 10-06-2020, 03:34 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I am going to try and make another upper grill block for the mercury. I cut a section out of a water heater skin and just wanted to attempt to make the right curve that I wanted. I only used the shrinker (blue in background of last picture). I did use the stretcher (yellow one on right) to flatten out the hood side a little bit because I over shrunk it. I need to make the flange not so thick. It made it difficult to get the metal to move. My vise is a little high too. I ended up using a stool so I could get more leverage on the shrinker.

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I just cut out a small section of a water heater skin. This piece is probably about 3"x10"

I flattened the piece back out some more and put it in the vice with a 1" piece of square tubing and used a carpenter's hammer to bend it over to a 90

And finally the end product. You can see the cut out piece on the right, that is the bumper side. The left end of the piece is towards the hood. Most of the curve is towards the bumper end. I wanted it to be kind of flat as it meets the hood. It lines up with the hood curve a little better that way.

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