Just a small update but at least it is an update.
Won't go into much detail on this side stretching the guard length as it just the same as the other side. I did form the centre rib differently using this combination of dies.
Also will extend the cutout over further past the rib using the whole patch as much easier to planish the weld. Also notice the fatigue crack at the tip where it had thinned from rust over time.
I have shrunk the edge before tipping the flange in the bead roller so it keeps the contour.
Will finish the tipping just using a rounded cold chisel as a stake.
A bit of planishing over a shoe last.
Putting in a matching bead on the inner guard to match the stock one that was only on the opposite side. It extended above where my new panel was going so I quickly hammered in the rounded end by hitting up into the piece of water pipe using a small ball peen hammer.
Bead matched in well and the extended front guard is all done for the moment.
New tip piece was all TIG welded into place.
I have always noticed that it looked like the guards splayed outwards towards the front. As in the outside of the guards are not parallel to each other.
Marking the same distance in from the edge front and rear showed I had to push them inwards at the front an inch each side to get them parallel.
When you look along the side now it looks much better. But I don't want to just make the new grille 2" narrower and loose engine bay width. Also the front of the bonnet pieces wont line up if I do it that way. So will narrow the guards along the inner edge instead. I am reworking them later anyway.