Skip to content

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!

Leave a Comment





Scroll To Top
[gravityform id=2 title=false description=false ajax=true tabindex=49]
<div class='gf_browser_unknown gform_wrapper' id='gform_wrapper_2' ><div id='gf_2' class='gform_anchor' tabindex='-1'></div><form method='post' enctype='multipart/form-data' target='gform_ajax_frame_2' id='gform_2' action='/road-tour-11/#gf_2'> <div class='gform_body'><ul id='gform_fields_2' class='gform_fields top_label form_sublabel_below description_below'><li id='field_2_1' class='gfield field_sublabel_hidden_label field_description_below gfield_visibility_visible' ><label class='gfield_label gfield_label_before_complex' >Name</label><div class='ginput_complex ginput_container no_prefix has_first_name no_middle_name no_last_name no_suffix gf_name_has_1 ginput_container_name' id='input_2_1'> <span id='input_2_1_3_container' class='name_first' > <input type='text' name='input_1.3' id='input_2_1_3' value='' aria-label='First name' tabindex='50' aria-invalid="false" /> <label for='input_2_1_3' class='hidden_sub_label screen-reader-text'>First</label> </span> </div></li><li id='field_2_2' class='gfield field_sublabel_below field_description_below gfield_visibility_visible' ><label class='gfield_label' for='input_2_2' >Email</label><div class='ginput_container ginput_container_email'> <input name='input_2' id='input_2_2' type='text' value='' class='medium' tabindex='54' aria-invalid="false" /> </div></li><li id='field_2_3' class='gfield field_sublabel_below field_description_below gfield_visibility_visible' ><label class='gfield_label' for='input_2_3' >Your Question</label><div class='ginput_container ginput_container_textarea'><textarea name='input_3' id='input_2_3' class='textarea medium' tabindex='55' aria-invalid="false" rows='10' cols='50'></textarea></div></li> </ul></div> <div class='gform_footer top_label'> <input type='submit' id='gform_submit_button_2' class='gform_button button' value='Submit' tabindex='56' onclick='if(window["gf_submitting_2"]){return false;} window["gf_submitting_2"]=true; ' onkeypress='if( event.keyCode == 13 ){ if(window["gf_submitting_2"]){return false;} window["gf_submitting_2"]=true; jQuery("#gform_2").trigger("submit",[true]); }' /> <input type='hidden' name='gform_ajax' value='form_id=2&amp;title=&amp;description=&amp;tabindex=49' /> <input type='hidden' class='gform_hidden' name='is_submit_2' value='1' /> <input type='hidden' class='gform_hidden' name='gform_submit' value='2' /> <input type='hidden' class='gform_hidden' name='gform_unique_id' value='' /> <input type='hidden' class='gform_hidden' name='state_2' value='WyJbXSIsIjA3ZTJiOTc1OGM3OTYyY2RlYmQ0MWI1YTA5NTQxMWRjIl0=' /> <input type='hidden' class='gform_hidden' name='gform_target_page_number_2' id='gform_target_page_number_2' value='0' /> <input type='hidden' class='gform_hidden' name='gform_source_page_number_2' id='gform_source_page_number_2' value='1' /> <input type='hidden' name='gform_field_values' value='' /> </div> </form> </div> <iframe style='display:none;width:0px;height:0px;' src='about:blank' name='gform_ajax_frame_2' id='gform_ajax_frame_2' title='This iframe contains the logic required to handle Ajax powered Gravity Forms.'></iframe> <script type='text/javascript'>jQuery(document).ready(function($){gformInitSpinner( 2, 'https://www.honestcharley.com/wp-content/plugins/gravityforms/images/spinner.gif' );jQuery('#gform_ajax_frame_2').on('load',function(){var contents = jQuery(this).contents().find('*').html();var is_postback = contents.indexOf('GF_AJAX_POSTBACK') >= 0;if(!is_postback){return;}var form_content = jQuery(this).contents().find('#gform_wrapper_2');var is_confirmation = jQuery(this).contents().find('#gform_confirmation_wrapper_2').length > 0;var is_redirect = contents.indexOf('gformRedirect(){') >= 0;var is_form = form_content.length > 0 && ! is_redirect && ! is_confirmation;var mt = parseInt(jQuery('html').css('margin-top'), 10) + parseInt(jQuery('body').css('margin-top'), 10) + 100;if(is_form){jQuery('#gform_wrapper_2').html(form_content.html());if(form_content.hasClass('gform_validation_error')){jQuery('#gform_wrapper_2').addClass('gform_validation_error');} else {jQuery('#gform_wrapper_2').removeClass('gform_validation_error');}setTimeout( function() { /* delay the scroll by 50 milliseconds to fix a bug in chrome */ jQuery(document).scrollTop(jQuery('#gform_wrapper_2').offset().top - mt); }, 50 );if(window['gformInitDatepicker']) {gformInitDatepicker();}if(window['gformInitPriceFields']) {gformInitPriceFields();}var current_page = jQuery('#gform_source_page_number_2').val();gformInitSpinner( 2, 'https://www.honestcharley.com/wp-content/plugins/gravityforms/images/spinner.gif' );jQuery(document).trigger('gform_page_loaded', [2, current_page]);window['gf_submitting_2'] = false;}else if(!is_redirect){var confirmation_content = jQuery(this).contents().find('.GF_AJAX_POSTBACK').html();if(!confirmation_content){confirmation_content = contents;}setTimeout(function(){jQuery('#gform_wrapper_2').replaceWith(confirmation_content);jQuery(document).scrollTop(jQuery('#gf_2').offset().top - mt);jQuery(document).trigger('gform_confirmation_loaded', [2]);window['gf_submitting_2'] = false;}, 50);}else{jQuery('#gform_2').append(contents);if(window['gformRedirect']) {gformRedirect();}}jQuery(document).trigger('gform_post_render', [2, current_page]);} );} );</script><script type='text/javascript'> jQuery(document).bind('gform_post_render', function(event, formId, currentPage){if(formId == 2) {} } );jQuery(document).bind('gform_post_conditional_logic', function(event, formId, fields, isInit){} );</script><script type='text/javascript'> jQuery(document).ready(function(){jQuery(document).trigger('gform_post_render', [2, 1]) } ); </script>