Quality custom & restoration sheet metal work & repair
For wagons you have to use ElCamino quarter panels then do so rework to fit & look correct, the gas filler hole is in different spots & some other tweaking will need to be done.
The window channel welds ground smooth .
Now this looks & fits a whole lot better.
The old pinhole piece cut out & the new hand formed piece fit in place fitting like it was made for it.
Re installed the outer tub section removed earlier.
Lower front wheel tub is repaired with just a little clean up left.
Final fit for the outer skin every thing lines up well.
While finishing up the hammer, dolly & shrink disk work on the right side its time to access the left side rust out.
The back pillar repaired & fully tig welded
The back part of the inner fender needed a new piece made.
The right lower window channel was rusted thru so a new one was bent up.
Welding it up.
The old very rusted section was cut out.
It was faster & easer to make the rear pillar in 2 pieces..
Test fitting getting ready for the final trimming.
A new section for the pillar was made.
Its cleaning up nice.
Big gaposus this was headed to be a mess
The flange welded in place.
It's finally time to do the final install & start tacking up the quarter. This was not an easy peasy just put a quarter panel on lots & lots of hand fab & rework to make things fit & look good.
The old rusted metal was removed along with the bottom 4 inches of the rear pillar.
A new section for the tire well was formed.
All welded up & fit for the last time.
A quite tricky part to make.
After tacking in place it was then fully welded all tig.
Time to weld the inner gas tank support panel the rust preventative paint plus under coat .
Time to get some stuff out of the way.
Checking for fit looking good.
A new piece was formed to fit.
Even though it wont be seen it still has to look good we take pride in the work we do.
The inside of the quarter was painted with rust preventative paint & under coated.
The owner had some one else start the project but it was headed to be a disaster as you will see in the first batch of pictures
At least this part of the quarter is getting close to being ready to fit but more rework is still ahead.
The rear inner section under the taillight need some work.
Fitment of the replacement tub section.
This piece was quite tricky to make it has a double reverse curve & a flange for the wheel lip.
After it was temporarily attached to the inner panel it was chacked for fit to the outer skin then welded together
Tig welding the replacement section in.
1972 Chevelle Station Wagon
Rear quarters & other repairs.
The second section being formed for the tire well.
Now watch as we takes a potential disaster project into a nice clean rebuild no its not going to be a show car or a high end build just a nice driver quality rebuild.
The second section fits like it is saposed to the spare tire well is starting to take shape.
Looking like a mess.
A new section for the inner brace support was made & welded in.
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The new replacement hand formed panel almost done
The El Camino quarter has several subtle differences then the station wagon so a lower lip had to be created to work & fit.
The lower window channel will be replaced just as the right side was.
My shrinker stretcher was used to put in the slight upward bend
Now the door jam lower patch is welded in.
All the welds were ground smooth & clean, this channel is good for another 40 plus years.
The scrap pieced together tire well was removed
Some aggressive over cutting while removing the old quarter.
2 new straps were made for the fuel tank.
The new inner lip is checked for fit to the outer skin.
Back to the door pillar the inner wheel lip was added & the bottom part of the flange
Welded & ground clean
Another small patch had to be mad so the main quarter patch will line up correctly
The inner panel will need some repairs.
A new repair section was made for under where the taillight goes.
That's it for this one the customer has all nice bolt on replacement sheet metal which he will do we are done down the road it goes.
The quarter panels are El Camino the previous builder was going to use the quarter scraps to build the missing spare tire well, pure junk work.
Pattern transferred to the sheet stock.
Lots of time consuming tig welding plus hammer & dolly work to keep the panel fairly straight & in the correct shape. Again mid panel patches like this are not easy to do unless you want a bondo sculpture.
Now an inner flange had to be made.
Its Hammer , dolly and shrink disc time
Overall fitment is looking good.
The old tire well
Plug weld holes were put in then the back side was coated with rust preventative paint
Replacing rear quarter panels is about as tough as it gets as there is very little room to work the metal. This was not an easy job.
Pattern made up for the inner section.
The left rear window channel needs some attention.
A new pillar section will be need to be made.
Now for the long lower channel
The brace was derusted.
After welding in the new section it was painted with rust preventative paint.
The inner wheel lip had to be made for the inner panel following the wheel arch & the bottom fender line.
The front section was also made & fully welded.
This has been an on and off project its now time to finish it up.
Then painted with rust preventative paint.
Rust preventative painted before the inner tub section goes back in.