Quality custom & restoration sheet metal work & repair
The lower core support panel made earlier & an after market battery try are now installed.
After the final nose piece trimming, then clamp it in place and then was time to weld it up.
The core support need a little hammer & dollie straightening then the hood hinge bar was installed & checked for a square fit movement.
Ran the donor nose parts to the blast shop & this is what came back quite holly more repair sections will need to be made.
No filler will be needed here.
The right front fender was bent down in the accident which caused some wrinkles & the fender flare to bulge out.
1970 Opel GT
Trimming the donor nose down to what was needed.
Now back to the body the owner originally wanted fixed it will now be the doner nose time to cut it off.
Welds ground smooth & the hood gap is dead on.
The wheel lip all finished up & welded in place.
First he shows up with the rusted out green & primed car this was the one he wanted rebuilt.
The donor nose cut off.
Some more damage repair from the accident.
With the outer damaged skin removed you can see the left frame rail damage & the inner head light pod area
New hood hinge bolt thru tabs were made for both sides
The door also had a crease in it so that was hammered out it will need just a tiny bit of filler due to the inside door beam.
Rough test fitting the upper section of the donor nose.
Factory looking smooth shape, fit & contours.
With the hood back on checking for fit the replacement nose section its starting to look like a car again.
The repair section made earlier was trimmed to fit then fully welded & ground smooth.
The turn signal fits like its supposed to & the gaps a nice and even no filler will be needed here, the nose is finished.
With a little up ward pressure & some hammer, dolly & slap work it all went back into place.
A repair piece was made up to replace the rusted out & very thin lip under the left front turn signal area then welded in & ground smooth its all in the details.
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New lower panel for the core supportrough cut to shape.
He had been told by the previous owner that due to frame damage the car was not fixable that was very wrong. After a few minutes explaning to him I use to teach auto body frame repair for Chief automotive systems & if necessary I could put it on my frame machine to straighten out. Plus it would cost a whole lot less to rebuild the orange car verses the green rust bucket so repair the orange car it is.
Making a new lower valance to front fender patch.
The frame rail was straightened & the inner head light pod hammer & dollied back to shape.
The left side lower valance being checked for fit & figuring what needs to be repaired the back lip is gone so that will need to be fixed.
The frame damage was very minor after all & just a little tweaking to the left front frame horn was all that will be needed once some of the crashed bent up nose was removed.
The wheel opening flair section is getting close
Then later that day he shows up with the orange parts car.
The right front nose had some previous damage holes they were welded then that section was hammer& dollyed smooth
The frame rail & headlight pod after a little more repair work looking like it should.
The lower valance was rusted out in the rear this is where the battery goes.
When the customer originally called me he stated he had an Opel Gt that had a bunch of rust out & needed a lot of repair but had a wrecked parts car for a most of the replacement panels.
That's it for this faze of the job it now looks like an Opel Gt should. The hood opens & closes great the gaps are real nice & now the right door opens with out a bind.
Back on the ground & ready for delivery.
Repair section made to for the lower valance where the battery rotted it out.
The hinge bolt areas welded in place & ground smooth now those areas are solid again.
After some trimming the lower valance now fits to the new wheel lip section.
The hood hinge bolt area was torn out.
The right rocker had a little previous damage it was caved in some pushed up so I removed a section then worked the metal out made a patch welded it back together now the door gap is correct again.