Hot Rod Body Advanced



  HRBA will teach you both automotive and motorcycle custom sheet metal fabrication. Students will gain valuable experience from lecture and extensive lab (hands-on) opportunities, including studying the skills necessary to design and fabricate custom sheet metal panels. Student will learn to use the tools of the professional sheet metal fabricator. Bag and mallet, English wheel, bead roller, power hammer and pullmax machine are all used. Student will also learn to use the planishing hammer, shrinker/stretcher, hammer forms, and venerable combination of the hammer & dolly. Students will again begin with educational competencies in advanced metal shaping, complex curves are further examined while students fabricate a custom motorcycle gas tank from scratch from a buck. Advance sheet metal customization tasks like sectioning, frenching, channeling and the granddaddy of all customization skills Top Chopping are all covered. Live work can include any of the above depending on the skills of the student and the student projects in the shop. Students are required to keep an hourly work log and document their work with pictures for portfolio development. The resume building seminar is given during Hot Rod Body class; and any student not enrolled in HRB throughout their program may also attend. 

3 months - 400 hours 

Automotive and Motorcycle Sheet metal Welding:

-TIG (sheet steel) 

-MIG (sheet steel) 

-Oxy-Acetylene Welding (sheet steel) 

Learn to use sheet metal fabrication tools and equipment: 

-Bag and Mallet 

-English Wheel 

-Power Hammer 

-Planishing Hammer 

-Breaks and Rollers 

-Shrinker & Stretchers 



-Chopped Tops 

-Suicide Doors 

-Custom Motorcycle tanks 

-Custom Bucks 


-Quarter panels 


-Wheel openings 

-Fender skirts 

-Interior sheet metal (dash, center console) 

-Advanced sheet metal fabrication (hot rods & custom bikes)