Filler, Rust and only a little crying… Bodywork Part 1

So I apologize on having to “backlog” these updates. It was a hectic summer with the loss of my father-in-law suddenly followed by kidney stones for me.. fun huh? That’s enough to take the wind out of any sail. Enough about the excuses, back to the car…

I left off with the repairs on the driver’s front fender. The repairs turned out fairly ok. My focus on this entire project was to repair old body work and move on as quickly as possible so I could make the $2k Challenge. The car was able to retain most of its, lets call it “character”.

I actually went back and redid some areas on that fender after the pics were taken. Once the front fender was taken care of, I moved on to the driver’s door. Luckly, besides some chipping paint and minor cracks, nothing too exciting there. That was most of May and June…

In July there was the rear quarter. This is where a little crying started as I was taking a closer look at the driver’s rear rocker. A little nudge from my pick punched right through it. I picked a little more, than more… than..this.

Ended up having to cut out and repair this section. Now, to be honest, I’ve never done this repair before. Frankly, I haven’t really dont this much body ever all together. My experience is limited to repairing panels and painting sections of a car or a part… never an entire one. A few hours later, this is what it looked like.

Once the necessary repair was done here, and I had my welder finally working the way I wanted, I took a bit of advice from one of our teammates who in passing said something about it being cool to not have a fuel door. The car has a fuel cell and the stock fuel door was hanging on by a thread.. so it made sense. A new panel was made, welded in and fiber filled…

That basically wrapped up the driver’s side of the car, which was the more desparate of the two sides. Next I moved onto engine bay stripping, more filler on the passenger side and a LOT of sanding. Had to patch a few small holes through as well…

 

rocker repairRX3

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