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08 Feb 2015 17:42 #389 by oestek
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Here, the driver quarter panel is being test fitted and eventually welded in place. The panel attaches to the car's structure all the way around its perimeter, and will be attached with traditional plug welds and resistance spot welds where ever possible.





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17 Mar 2015 10:37 #639 by oestek
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We didn’t show it before, but the trunk lid, doors, and quarter extensions were all test fitted before the quarter panel welding was done. Here, the passenger quarter panel is being fitted and installed after many test fittings.







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17 Mar 2015 10:38 #640 by oestek
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More work on the trunk extensions…








Welding it all up.



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02 Jul 2015 21:28 #1093 by oestek
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The next panel requiring some attention was the rear window / deck lid filler panel. This piece had rusted along the lower rear window edge, so the welds in the original were drilled out and the rusty panel removed.



One of the strengthening holes had deteriorated, so a new patch was formed with a Mittler flared die punch and welded in place.





The substructure was cleaned with a wire wheel, roloc discs, and other abrasive tools to remove the rusty scale.

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02 Jul 2015 21:28 - 02 Jul 2015 21:30 #1094 by oestek
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The replacement panel was test fitted several times, including fitment with the deck lid in place to ensure the trunk seal would be in the proper location.





The weatherstrip channel was also set in place to be welded to the new quarter panels.

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02 Jul 2015 21:30 - 02 Jul 2015 21:31 #1095 by oestek
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When the fit was satisfactory, the parts primed with an HTP Weld Through primer, and were MIG, resistance spot welded, and TIG welded together with HTP welders .







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