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I have a straight edge that I want to bevel...

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When I apply the bevel it crimps and gets distorted...

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How can I get a straight smooth bevel all the way down? Here is my blend file...

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Thanks for any help.

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It looks like not all the adjacent faces are connected. The big face on top of the side panels are the problem (image 1). You just need to connect them to the rest. To do that, just create an edge loop on it and merge (Alt+M) the bottom vertex with the one on the top of the wheel hole (image 2). That should do it (image 3).

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks I'm sure you are right since you tested it already. I still can't wrap my head around why this would be a problem. With time hopefully it will sink in. Do you think I could just redefine the large face to include the vertex on top of the tire? $\endgroup$ – deanresin Oct 15 '17 at 0:40
  • $\begingroup$ Redefining the face to include the vertex on top of the tire worked as well. $\endgroup$ – deanresin Oct 15 '17 at 0:53
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You've got non manifold elements there (verts aren't merged properly). In side view snap the knife (press K) to the vertex as pictured below. Then press Z,C to cut through the model and make the cut go straight. Drag the mouse upwards. enter image description here

Next remove doubles (in Edit Mode select the whole mesh with A, then press W-->Remove Doubles). enter image description here

Now the bevel works fine. enter image description here

Some tips: To increase the modeling speed you may delete half of the model and give it a Mirror Modifier. enter image description here

Also you may consider changing the mesh topology to make the edge loops work properly. enter image description here

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  • $\begingroup$ Why would you repeat my answer? $\endgroup$ – sekce Oct 15 '17 at 0:31
  • $\begingroup$ I started to write my answer before you posted yours, then had a phonecall and left it undone. After I finished talking you posted your answer. I just didn't want to waste my efforts so published mine:). +1 from me as you posted the solution first. $\endgroup$ – Paul Gonet Oct 15 '17 at 0:58

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