Coachbuilding class May

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My early May coachbuilding class ended yesterday. This class was unusual in that every attendee had ZERO experience in shaping sheet metal, with the exception of Jonathan from FL. His only previous experience was attending my January class. Everybody was very eager to learn and they did! I teach unique methods that I have developed over the last 25 years that stress technique over tools. I teach how super high quality panels can be made using a few inexpensive tools. My intent was to have this class continue making panels for the Shelby Daytona Coupe but only Jonathan was interested in that. Three students worked on making a 1934 Ford rear fender and a few panels were also started for the right side front fender. David from Toronto is a hard core Ferrari fan and he had his heart set on making a 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa front fender as a cool wall decoration for his son’s room. With only several pictures printed off the web, he shaped a nice looking section of the front fender. A few students had to leave early because of job schedules, so they aren’t in the final picture with the projects. Friendships are forged and panels are shaped at my classes. I also have plenty of openings for my June class. -Wray

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Jim, David, and David deep in the process of wheeling.

 

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Blaise Ferraraccio from Texas checking his panel, the front section of the 1934 front fender.

 

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Jonathan from FL inspecting the weld seam in the new 1934 Ford rear fender that was made at the class.

 

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Jonathan from FL checking the inside of the new 1934 Ford rear fender. The blue fender is the fiberglass fender we copied to make the new steel one.

 

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A few of the very nice panels that were made at the class. Unfortunately three of the other students had left early and they are not in the picture.