Stretching my build skills.... - Impala Tech
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Stretching my build skills....

Posted 01-30-2010 at 10:21 PM by BA.

Last night I cut out a large section of my passenger-side quarter-panel for replacement.

It was a little scary since the little floor patches I made were my first attempts at welding ever. (see blog)
I already have these "front" patches for the rear quarters so I jumped right in. I'll order a rear section for the drivers side soon,....still undecided on whether I *really* need one for the passenger-side rear/lower quarter. It may depend upon how easy I find this work. lol.

Things weren't too awful underneath here. Quite a lot of sand and junk was hiding in there, all of it is there on the floor now.
The only bad rust was just that 1" lip of the outer wheel-well that folds under. I'm thinking I will make a new strip of that.


Well, I made a very concerted effort this weekend to get this patch-panel completed.
I couldn't have done it without the unexpected help of my buddy Mike though. Thanks Mike!!
I gotta say, I had screwed up on Saturday,...GOT IN A RUSH,...and cut my patch panel piece too quickly. I accidentally cut ON my line,....not an inch or so outside of it. The result of that is that I had to do a butt-weld and not the intended (and better) method of putting a flange on the body, then the new patch rests against the flange. Rookie can bet I won't do that again. At least not that I'll admit. lol.

Here's some shots from this weekends work. I had the panel sloppily (yeah, sloppily) welded into place, and the new inner wheel well lip went REAL well. When my buddy Mike (in the pics) stopped by though, he pointed out that I didn't have good penetration on my welds so he fixed that for me. Whew! How awesome is that!

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  1. Old Comment
    more pics!

    Posted 01-30-2010 at 10:37 PM by BA. BA. is offline
  2. Old Comment

    did you use an aircraft paint stripper to remove the paint down to the bare metal. and if so, was you worried about softening any of the previous bodywork filler that may have been ok.

    thanks Brad
    Posted 01-31-2010 at 11:24 AM by A5150 A5150 is offline
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    Hey Brad,

    I've used chemical strippers before and ya know,....I don't really like them much. I found it messy, a bit of a hassle and a little inconsistent on multiple layers of paint.

    My friends and I used DA sanders. (both air and electric)
    I really kind of enjoyed it. There's pics in one of these other blog sections I have. I think it's named "Bodywork Begins".
    I think your concern about strippers' effect on any filler is valid, but on my car it was obvious that the work was VERY VERY sloppy. I knew I wanted it all off to start over and do it 'right'. As right as I can anyway.
    Posted 01-31-2010 at 06:21 PM by BA. BA. is offline
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