I am going to run the radiator and the huge hydraulic fan, that is controlled by the ECU, from the donor to make sure there are no overheating problems. It only just all fits in the engine bay but would like some more 'service' room to change a belt etc. Been wondering how best to lengthen the engine bay without moving the centreline of the wheels inside the wheel arch. On my 1948 front guards, like these ones above, the front curves and goes straight across to the grille. On the 1950 and later models it goes ahead of the grille before coming back to the same point. So my idea is to leave the outside of the guard alone and just bring the inside point forward, making a blend of the two styles.
Scribed a line 90* to the outside of the guard where the panel just starts to curve downwards. Cut along the line and forward along the centre crease line.
Also slit the bottom flange at the bottom of the crease line as well as the panel join so it could be pulled forward. I didn't pull it right forward until straight as wanted some curve back left as thought it looked better and was a blend of the two styles as well.
Need to extend the inner guard forward I decided I might as well remove the pressing for the shock mount that I no longer need. I started the shaping by just pushing over a T dolly that was a similar radius to the back half of the inner guard. The front half just needs a curve instead so left that alone. With the inner guard all welded in I could fill the gaps left.
I radiused a compound curve over a steam pipe bend just using a nylon headed mallet. Some truing up over the ripping tooth.