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I have a 56' and want to brace the lower quarters so they don't flex or vibrate after the body work is complete. I have been to car shows and see that alot of the cars don't have anything to stop this issue around the wheel well and lower portion. Anyone have any good ideas and/or pics?
 

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Some people seem to think that making the quarter stiffer around the wheel cutout is a good thing. I've seen some elaborate tubing structure added to a car to accomplish this.

I don't subscribe to any of that. I think that most that attempt it will end up distorting the quarter panel in their attempt to fix something that doesn't need fixing.
 

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"During the build of a custom project, one of the areas we like to address is supporting the rear qter panels to keep them tight and straight for longevity in our paint work. As seen in the wheel house of this 1957 Chevy we are forming and building a brace to support our skeleton reinforcement system. Qter panels were not adequately supported until the early to mid sixties when full inner wheel houses were finally a common item installed on cars by the MFG.

The perfect time to build such a system is when you are replacing the qter panels at the same time. As seen we are forming a tubing support to the outer edge of the qter panel. This will eventually be welded to the qter.

As seen the original half wheel house worked well for dirt and debris protection but with only a rubber seal between it and the outer qter panel no wonder 57 Chevys and any car supported the same have always had wavy unattractive bulging qter panels! Our system will provide the support necessary to keep the qter panel in line.

Once installed you can see no bulges or waves, the way a 57 Chevy should look. For grins the next time you see a Classic Chevy or any car from that era sight down the side of both qter panels and see for yourself how uneven the two will be with out our methods performed on them."








 

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I have to disagree.

First, I think the most common cause of bulging quarter panels is that some owner wanted them that way for tire clearance.

Second, I think the second most common cause of bulging quarter panels is improperly installed replacement quarter panels.

Third, the next most common cause of bulging quarter panels is collision damage, many times it wasn't repaired properly. Braced, you'd still have damage, it would just be even harder to fix.

Maybe Jeff Lilly can brace them and have it turn out looking ok. I think many novices would screw it up. The other half of that is that once you did it, any damage or repair of a bad job would simply be difficult.

My $.02, obviously some don't think the way I do.
 

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Rick, out of curiosity, are you restoring a Tri-Five? I have never seen a thread if you are and you appear so knowledgeable, you know intelligent and well informed, that I would like to see some of your work.
 

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Yes I am restoring a 55 Bel Air 2 door sedan. I have posted photos of the quarter panel replacement I did, as well as what led up to that. And other stuff too. I get about 200 hits a week on picturetrail from this site, so somebody's looking at it.

Unfortunately I have slowed way down on progress in the last 2-3 years.

Posting a photo of a primered stock looking quarter panel is not very exciting, even if it's perfectly block sanded. That's what I have now.

Maybe I can get my act back together and get some paint on it soon.
 

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Hey Doc,
Since you were giving Rick a bad time about his garage pics I thought I would look at your's and to my surprise.... no pics.
Jim
 

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Hey Doc,
Since you were giving Rick a bad time about his garage pics I thought I would look at your's and to my surprise.... no pics.
Jim
For crying out loud who was giving Rick a bad time? Just wanted to see his project that's all.

Sorry Rick if I offended you.

BTW, I don't have any pic's posted because I'm ashamed of the work I'm doing.
 

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I agree with Rick. For all of my life I have seen '57 Chevys with perfect quarters in the way the factory made them,
 

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I was thinking of putting a thin metal rod on the inside of my replacement quarters before I roll the lips.I have mini-tubs and this car might see some track time.Good idea or not?
 

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I get about 200 hits a week on picturetrail from this site, so somebody's looking at it.
How do you get to them? I've never been able to find them.
 

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How do you get to them?
As I told doc, read my posts.

Or if you want to see something specific, just ask about it.

I will be glad to tell you what I know or what I did. But I don't advertise.
 
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