Here is what was to me my first exterior panel work. It was fun and easier than I thought. I am done with it and will let the painter finish up the detail. No more rust. A member Coloincaalpine donated the sheetmetal from a donor car. Here is the donor panel... I lined up the two factory holes with my rear panel factory holes and did some eyeballing of the lines for what seemed like hours.
Then I cut out the rust and clamped the panel behind scribed it, cut the shape I needed out the donor so it fit exactly the hole I cut in the rear panel, and inserted in the hole and used some magnets to hold it in for welding - I painted it a dark green so I could see the lines better... Sanded it off when I was satisfied.
Then I got to work welding. I hammered the mig welds to keep the panel straight - I think that is shrinking the weld?
And I welded slowly to not heat up the panel. Eventually I got here. I also did some on the backside.
I am happy with this! Was really careful not to grind any sheetmetal - using a variety of grinding options. My favorite grinding wheel is the Walker flexcut 60 grit. I will let the body shop do the rest. This spot or area of welding was my first exterior work on the car. It took a lot of courage. 🙂.
Edited by Markster