Monday, June 11, 2012

patching the quarter panel a second time

It was always my thinking with the Canadian patch that if it works great.....and if not, it's great practice before I cut up an expensive Dynacorn panel. It's annoying that Dynacorn don't sell a patch panel, but there's no question about the superior quality of what they do sell. While I was at it, I ordered up the outer wheel arch so I could patch that too.


Here's the car after suffering a second attack from the Killer Kutting Wheel. I cut out the lower couple of inches of the wheel arch at the same time.


I chopped a larger-than-really-necessary chunk off the replacement outer wheel arch, and then spent what felt like a long time trimming, fitting, and putting a flange on the patch.

view of fitted patch from inside the trunk

clamped

welded...mostly.

OK, so onto the main event. Everyone I know hates using the cutting wheel, but chopping up an expensive $$$ body panel - and then discarding 80+ percent of it - adds a new dimension to the pain.


Another heavy bout of back-and-forth fitting the replacement panel eventually led to a much smaller piece which I flanged with my homemade pliers.


This time I used Clecos™ to secure the patch instead of sheet metal screws, which was much more satisfactory.

many hours later....all welded up

After the welds were ground down I was much happier - I'm quite sure it would not have come out this well if I hadn't practiced first with the Canadian patch panel (or had so much help from my blogger friends!) Now, back to the body filler!!

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  1. I think you got it this time! Looks good. That panel will still provide many patch pieces for other parts of the car so don't fret too much about it.

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    1. Alex: Thanks. Hopefully there won't be any more bits to patch!

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  2. Right fine looking patch work there! So glad it worked well!

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    1. Thanks Sven - I couldn't have done it without your help :)

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  3. My old mentor used to say 'never have time to do it right, but always have time to do it again'. Way to stick to it!!!

    rj

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    1. Thanks for your encouragement. Support from my blogger friends was the only thing keeping this project going at one stage.

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  4. The second time around looks great. You won't regret it!

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  5. Thanks Dennis...as I said above, encouragement from folks like yourself has really helped over the last few months.

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    1. Just a thought...but maybe you could sell the "remains" on eBay or Craigslist and recoup some $$$.

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  6. Ian, do you happen to have the remains of the panel you used for the patch panel? I may have an issue with my driver's side rear quarter at the "scoop". I would need the front half with the right side starting at the middle of the wheel well. If you do, let me know what you'd want for it and what shipping would be to zip 46167. Thanks.

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  7. One last thing...where did you order this panel from and do you have a part number? Thanks again.

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    1. Sure. email me at Joyr1der05@gmail.com and I will let you have all the info.

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