If you're just tuning in, you might think that we skipped a few steps while rebuilding the back half of this Coronet. Actually, last month (August 2014 issue), we started by removing the rust, replacing the wheel well tubs and frame rails. This month, we'll hopefully finish the rest of the Coronet's rear, and get it ready for further metal repair.
This job is definitely larger than one that we would want to handle ourselves, and since AMD and the AMD Installation Center have the new metal needed and the means to install it, we'll stand back, watch, and take pictures.
The tasks this month include replacing the trunk floor, the quarters, and tail panel. This isn't a job for the faint of heart, as cutting away too much metal without the proper support holding the remaining body together, can result in one big pile of useless metal.
1. With the frame and previously installed metal properly positioned, we next clamp the rear cross member in place.
2. With the rear cross member in place, the trunk floor can be prepped for install.
3. Tail panel install—check. Again, clamps are used to position everything until the welding can be done.
4. To get a nice clean repair when replacing metal, a lot of planning and thought have to go into the job. The tape lines show where the cutting will be done so the new quarter panel can be installed. A nice straight cut allows for better butt welding, and an overall nicer job.
5. When the repair is complete, you can hardly notice that there was any rust. Now it’s on to the rest of the car.