Street Rodder Road Tour–Body Mods

Street Rodder Road Tour 1951 Ford by Honest Charley Garage

We’re plugging along on the Street Rodder Road Tour project with a few more modifications. This time, we’re working on the front end to smooth out some of the lines and give the car a custom look. The idea is to give the headlights and grille the traditional custom look, by molding in the headlight rings, and fabricating a custom grille and grille surround. Check it out!

Street Rodder Road Tour 1951 Ford by Honest Charley Garage

Here’s how we started…we installed a stock headlight in the stock bucket. Originally, a stainless steel trim ring would bolt into place.

Street Rodder Road Tour 1951 Ford by Honest Charley Garage

We taped a set of rings into place and prepped them for welding. We will weld the rings to the fenders, and then use lead filler to mold the transition. The headlight will install from the backside.

Street Rodder Road Tour 1951 Ford by Honest Charley Garage

After welding the ring into place, we used a grinder to flatten out the welds, in preparation for the lead filler.

Street Rodder Road Tour 1951 Ford by Honest Charley Garage

We used Eastwood lead products, and went through the routine steps for ideal results. It all starts with this tinning butter, which is heated with a torch. It helps clean the metal.

Street Rodder Road Tour 1951 Ford by Honest Charley Garage

The Eastwood Tinning Butter is applied with a small brush and then heated with a torch. This provides a great bonding surface for the lead filler rod.

Street Rodder Road Tour 1951 Ford by Honest Charley Garage

Lead bars are used for filler. We used a torch to heat the bar until it started melting, and then used one of our Eastwood paddles to spread the filler onto the surface.

Street Rodder Road Tour 1951 Ford by Honest Charley Garage

After the lead filler is applied to the panel, it is rather rough-looking, but after working it with a file, this is the result. Next week, we’ll dig into chopping the top, so you don’t want to miss it!

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