When we last saw Project 50, things looked a little sparse. Heck, who are we trying to kid? There wasn’t much left of it. We had just gotten it back from the mediablaster, and now we can finally tackle the metal replacement. Since the rear of the car is receiving the most work, we’re going to start there.

But before we get into that, I'm sure many of you are wondering how we can cut away so much metal and not worry about the body becoming flimsy. If not properly supported, replacing metal correctly is an impossibility. So, one of the reasons we decided to do the work at the AMD Installation Center in Cleveland, Georgia, is because of their ability to properly do the job.

If you noticed the table/jig in the lead photo, you have seen what it takes to make sure the car is properly “situated” before any metal repair begins. Every car has factory-located points on the body that the factory uses to properly assemble the car to ensure that it’s square and put together correctly. What the AMD Installation Center has done is build their own tables that do the exact same thing. This allows the guys to put the body on the table and know for sure that when replacing the metal, it is properly located and installed.

Since we’re starting at the rear of the car, the trunk floor is going to be our first endeavor. Getting the trunk floor properly positioned gives a locating point for the rest of the adjoining metal. So we’re off. The sparks are flying, the welder is fired up, and Project 50 will soon be a complete body once more.

SOURCE
AMD Installation Center
706-348-6653
http://www.amdinsallation.com
Auto Metal Direct
940 Sherwin Parkway
Suite 180
Buford
GA  30518
866-684-5942
http://www.autometaldirect.com