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Old 01-07-2015, 04:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Rear Wheel Skirt Cad Drawing for Civic VX

I don't want to reinvent the wheel, but I am going to add wheel skirts to my 1995 Civic VX Hatchback.

I'd like to form them out of sheet metal, and I would like a cad drawing or a PDF if it exists. Please let me know if you have drawings or if you know where I can buy aftermarket VX wheel skirts.

If this is something that is already on a post, please forgive me, this is my first post here.

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Old 01-07-2015, 06:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'll be surprised if someone's done their skirts in CAD... but you never know.

I designed my Firefly (Metro) skirts pretty easily like this:



And then trace the wheel arch outline.

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sheet metal

Are you going to hammer-form annealed sheet into a complex shape,or rivet structures to pliable sheet and settle for what you get?
NASCAR old-timers have essentially created body mockups on a car,then attached the car to a rotisserie such that they could rotate the car enough to cast concrete molds over the mockups.
After a 30-day cure,sheet steel was hammered into the concrete tooling.With cutting,spot-welding,re-annealing,and additional hammer work,sheet metal body parts were created.
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I pretty much held a piece of cardboard up to Black Widow's wheel well, and traced the inside with a sharpie.
I cut that out, and there was my template for the wheel wells!
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I pretty much held a piece of cardboard up to Black Widow's wheel well, and traced the inside with a sharpie.
I cut that out, and there was my template for the wheel wells!
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Are you going to hammer-form annealed sheet into a complex shape,or rivet structures to pliable sheet and settle for what you get?
NASCAR old-timers have essentially created body mockups on a car,then attached the car to a rotisserie such that they could rotate the car enough to cast concrete molds over the mockups.
After a 30-day cure,sheet steel was hammered into the concrete tooling.With cutting,spot-welding,re-annealing,and additional hammer work,sheet metal body parts were created.
I would like to make them out of sheet metal so it looks like they are supposed to be there. If I have a drawing, I can have them made locally.

I really appreciate the suggestions. This is a great forum, and I enjoy checking out all of the modifications.
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I would like to make them out of sheet metal so it looks like they are supposed to be there. If I have a drawing, I can have them made locally.

I really appreciate the suggestions. This is a great forum, and I enjoy checking out all of the modifications.
I plan on using CAD to design mine too. CAD=Cardboard Aided Design
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I would like to make them out of sheet metal so it looks like they are supposed to be there. If I have a drawing, I can have them made locally.
I would expect that having them made locally would cost about $500. If you want to know the processes involved look at Ron Covell Creative Metalworking Workshops. Ron Covell is good at what he does.

Templating the wheelwell is the easy part; to get into the third dimension would require a wooden buck and an English wheel.

Then there's the clamping mechanism.
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I plan on using CAD to design mine too. CAD=Cardboard Aided Design
Crap, how did you come up with that before I did?

I'm sure there are a lot of "CAD" graduates here . . . myself included
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have them made

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I would like to make them out of sheet metal so it looks like they are supposed to be there. If I have a drawing, I can have them made locally.

I really appreciate the suggestions. This is a great forum, and I enjoy checking out all of the modifications.
If a local fabricator is going to make them,they probably won't want a digital file.
That would be used for computer aided manufacturing on a 5-axis milling machine using a billet of material.
A tin knocker would just need some time with you car.They'd do a heavy wire space frame,then hammer, wheel,and planish panels to fit the frame,spot-welding,then welding/brazing, fitting,grinding,fitting,prime,seal,paint.
They'd also have to design and fabricate an attachment interface which would involve the VX.
A full-scale mockup of the skirts would be the most useful thing a fabricator would see.
You're looking at an enormous expense for something that will never pay for itself.

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