This quarter-panel has been patched before and is now rusting through inother areas. Patch
Cancer, there are not many words that ring with pain and death as muchas this one. Whatever treatments are employed, they must have one endresult: all cancer must be removed, or it will eventually come back tohurt you again. A band-aid won't fix this.
The same is true for rust.There is no place for band-aids or patches in any real restoration. Rustmust go. Period.
A new panel from Year One is placed over the original to show you whatis traditionally rem
There isn't anyone who would argue with this, but youwill get disagreements about the best course of treatment. John Balow ofMuscle car Restorations has learned in his sixteen years of experiencedoing first class restorations to be absolutely merciless in dealingwith rust damage. The reality is rust works its evil deep in the nooks,crannies, and hidden crevices of your car. Even if you properly repairthe damaged part of a panel, you really don't know what other damage isoccurring behind seemingly solid areas. There is no form of CAT scan tosee what's lurking behind sheetmetal. The only true long-term solutionis major exploratory surgery--completely remove the panel and treat theentire area.
John and his talented craftsmen have raised the standardfor panel replacement. They are producing results that are practicallyindistinguishable from an original factory panel.
This is the first in amultiple-part article. We knew that you guys would want to knoweverything about how to do a job like this, so follow along as we getdirty.
In our first lesson, we're going to detail the right way toremove a diseased quarter-panel, so there will be no signs of rejectionwhen the new one is installed.
Plasma cutter . . . Plug cutter. . .Cutoff wheel . . .
Let's open her up!
Muscle Car Restorations insists on preserving the original compoundcorner at the top of th
A plasma cutter is the easiest way to remove the panel, as there is nowarping or other hea
...In theareas where there is body filler, you have no choice but to use a cutoffwheel.
With the old quarter removed, you can see there is a lot of gunk thathas accumulated in th
Preserving the original marker light opening not only maintains theoriginal factory fit an
A 3/8-inch "plug cutter" is used to remove the spot welds around thewheelwell opening and
...The tools for removing thefactory spot welds are a Century 1/8-inch double-ended drill
This is the kind of hidden rust damage that is commonly found after removing a quarter-pan
With the panel completely removed, this is a fairly straightforwardreplacement that will l