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  • More misc. repairs today. P/S rear taillight surround (or whatever you'd call this area) wasn't the right shape, so marked where to cut/weld:




    And all done, much better.




    On to the door gap. Not sure how well the photo shows it, but the gap got a lot bigger at the bottom. Much better now, the door still needs to be aligned/repaired but the quarter side of things is solid now.






    Also welded up all the rest of the arch stuff that needed doing. It's not all perfect, but good enough for me - the few spots where the arch bodylines lost their crispness during repairs I'll make nice with a little filler when the time comes to do that.




    That's this corner of the car pretty much done with, other than a couple things I can't easily do till the car is on the rotisserie - namely redoing the dogleg and a small section of roof structure above the rear quarter window (the underhang bit).

    Now on to the other side, which should be a lot less work (knock on wood).

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    • Decided to take a break from the fiddly stuff and do something more immediately gratifying. Spoiler mounting time! Decided to go for a bolted-on look, might not be to everyone's taste but I like it and it has the bonus of making mounting way easier than glue + 3 million clamps.

      Sheetmetal screws initially to get it in the right spot, then used nice stainless hex hardware. Will need to weld in captive nuts behind, but that's a future problem.






      Threw on the taillights too for good measure:






      profile looks pretty nice on the car IMO




      All nice and flush except that one area that I mentioned I'd likely re-do. This would be a lot of filler, so better to make it from metal.




      Threw on a wheel too.




      Man, I cannot wait to get this thing on the road. It's going to look gooooooooood.


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      • More work on the hatch/spoiler today. Welded in a bunch of captive nuts on the lower section:




        And then drilled out the upper holes larger and welded the captive nuts in flush. I'm aware this heat will have warped the panel a bit, but it already needs hammer/dolly work so not a big deal.






        Looks exactly the same as before externally, but hey, captive nuts are done.



        Aforementioned hammer/dolly work and reworking one small area and the hatch should be 100% done.

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        • Looking great! I agree the spoiler is a nice touch and it will look really nice when done.

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          • Originally posted by KeithZed View Post
            Looking great! I agree the spoiler is a nice touch and it will look really nice when done.
            Thanks! Should look the business, and I'll be keeping it black which will be a nice accent from the body.

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            On to the driver's rear arch today. had previously ground this too thin and kept blowing pinholes while trying to fix some cracks, so decided to do it right and replace the section entirely.





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            Not quite perfect, but good enough fir a little filler and better than thinning the panel out again. Will be improving the panel gap at the bottom soon, same as the other side.




            Cut/tacked this inner arch to match the other. As said before, i'll be welding/cleaning all this up properly later.




            Can't really see in the pic, but tapped the outer arch flange back into shape after bending the lip over inside. Some spots that will need a little filler, as with on the other side, but nothing major.




            Next up, redoing the roof join.





            Despite my best efforts there was still a little warping, but the warpage is now on the larger section of the panel instead of the roof join, so should be no issue with any filler/lead cracking.
            Last edited by Noll; 01-17-2021, 04:14 AM.

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            • Worked on the taillight panel today. Lot of little stuff needed doing, not sure how well it shows up on camera. Did a bunch of plug-weld final cleanup as well as hammer-and-dolly work to straighten the lower valence out properly.






              With that done, I re-did part of the rear quarter repair I did way back when I put this quarter on.

              Remember this gap? I could have fixed this with some filler and 5 minutes, but that would always bug me, so time to spend a couple hours welding it up properly.


















              This thing is looking better and better . I'm still pretty much decided on the lime green/yellow, but it definitely would look good in metallic grey/silver.

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              • Hey Noll....man, you are a beast! When do you sleep? I have been following your build from the start and look forward to your daily posts.... but 2am, 3am etc... when do you sleep? You are doing a fantastic job and every time I check in makes me want to get to work on my cars... maybe once good weather comes and get house renos completed. Anyways, wanted to chime in on your choice of colours ---- lime green? would not be my choice. Yellow, maybe - apparently yellow cars don't get stolen... Whatever colour you end up with will make this one sweet, sweet ride... keep up the excellent work and the great posts. Thank you!!!

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                • Originally posted by Danielz View Post
                  Hey Noll....man, you are a beast! When do you sleep? I have been following your build from the start and look forward to your daily posts.... but 2am, 3am etc... when do you sleep? You are doing a fantastic job and every time I check in makes me want to get to work on my cars... maybe once good weather comes and get house renos completed. Anyways, wanted to chime in on your choice of colours ---- lime green? would not be my choice. Yellow, maybe - apparently yellow cars don't get stolen... Whatever colour you end up with will make this one sweet, sweet ride... keep up the excellent work and the great posts. Thank you!!!
                  Thanks, and good question haha. In fairness I'm not working on the car that late (usually till 6-7pm) but that's just when I get around to posting before going to sleep. Lack of work due to covid has me with a funky sleep schedule lol, although while it means less money for needed parts I do have more time to work on the car.


                  I suppose it's less of a lime than a lemon - this sort of color. I know it's not to everyone's taste, but I like it and it's a bit different from the norm - not like this car is going to blend anyway though haha.




                  And much appreciated, it's nice to be nearing the end (even if there is a still a ton of stuff left to do yet), hopefully will be able to make it out to some shows and see you all this year (if covid allows those sorts of events to occur) or the next.

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