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08 Dec 2014 17:24 #51 by oestek
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After the primer was applied, the Buick's body was installed on the body jig, and the metal replacement began.



The crew started by drilling out the spot welds that held the rear wheel tubs in place. This car will be utilizing reproduction sheet-metal as manufactured by AMD.





Once the spot welds were drilled, the rusty wheel tubs were removed and the new reproduction inner and outer wheel houses were installed.



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08 Dec 2014 17:24 #52 by oestek
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This project is a little bit of a jigsaw puzzle, as the trunk floor will be replaced as well. The wheel tubs were welded together, and then attached to the inner structure of the car, but not attached to the trunk floor.





We obtained a replacement trunk floor from AMD, but this piece is designed for a 1970 Chevelle and not a Buick Skylark or GS. The difference is in the back part of the floor where it attaches to the floor structure of the Buick, as they are simply different shapes. However, our crew was confident we could install the floor without it looking like it had ever been repaired.



The trick was to remove part of the floor section where it flattened out in the back and adapted to meet the angled trunk floor section of the Buick.







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08 Dec 2014 17:24 #53 by oestek
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This area was then butt welded together, and all the welds ground smooth. The rear support panel was removed from the car, and reinstalled after being repaired.









The weld is in the ground area, now metal finished and invisible. The plug welds are from the lower brace on the outside of the car.



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08 Dec 2014 17:24 - 08 Dec 2014 17:25 #54 by oestek
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Next came some test fitting of the trunk drop-off panels...




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28 Jan 2015 19:35 #354 by oestek
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Jumping ahead just a bit, but here's the video on the quarter panels.

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08 Feb 2015 17:37 #388 by oestek
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The reproduction lower trunk floor extensions required some re-working to fit.. but Adam was able to make them work. At this point, the quarter panels have been test-fitted on and off many times to make sure all the attachment points are correct.

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