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Trunk Repair

Now that I got the camera thing figured out here is some pics of the finished work.

This is what body shops use to remove seam sealer.



It doesn't mess around!
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Old 11-20-2002, 02:27 PM
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I'd like to do the same repair to my trunk, or at least from the muffler shield mounts to the wall. Is that a Restoration Design panel? Also, did you overlay the dogbone and just cut out behind it (free tranny mount reinforcement for a big engine)?
I'd love to get an air tool like that but I think my compressor's too small; 3hp, 20gal. I've been using the heavy wire cup (like john2kx) and wheel on a 4 1/2" angle grinder.
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Yes-- it is the restoration designs piece.
Yes-- I did overlay the tranny mount crossmember

Cutting out a factory welded piece should only be done if absolutely nessary. Most shops don't have the tools to create the pressure that a factory spot welder is capable of applying before the spot weld is created. I used the self-tapping lag screws in the picture to apply the pressure and welded the hole I drilled in the replacement panel, starting from the center and working my way to the outer edges. After the plug welds were filled I then filled the screw holes.

My best friend owns a body shop so I get to use some pretty specialized tools. I did the whole passenger compartment with a wire cup and angle grinder (what a mess that made!). The seam seal remover cut the time way down and only made about half the mess. It also has an eraser wheel to remove vinal strips and stickers. In the tight spots it still takes a scraper and pick to get it out.

I am getting excited about the car again, that was the last repair panel I need to weld in. It now ready for the final body work and paint.
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