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Folks,

 

I think I have decided to remove the rear trunk spoiler. I think I like the car better without it. The spoiler is only attached by three #10 stainless sheet metal screws with holes drilled thru the trunk. I frankly don't know why it hasn't fallen off on its own. Anyway... I took it to a auto body shop to get a price to weld the holes shut and repainted. I was told he would have me a price in a couple of days. I got a call a day later from the shop indicating they didn't feel comfortable doing the job in fear of warping the lid from the heat of the welder. I'm looking for suggestions on filling in these three small holes. Could they be filled in with BONDO and repainted, or should I look for another shop? I have added a couple of photos for reference.

 

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(1973 Fjord Blue 037) Vin 2588314- Build date February 6th, 1973- delivered to Hoffman Motors NYC February 8th.

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find a new shop, since I don't think the trunk lid is going to warp,

 

but yes could be bondo'd, perhaps dimple it in once it is sufficiently prepped, in order to have sufficient area for the bondo to adhere, and not pop off.

 

I also have seen small little filler dots, or buttons, painted and plugged into the holes, not a great solution, but does cover up the holes.

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Try another shop. 

They're not wrong- it takes a little care to plug holes.

Maybe a hotrod shop, or similar.  Robb Newby out here, for example..  http://godspeedfabrication.com/

 

Fiberglass matt behind the hole, a little filler for final shaping,

that'll last a long time, too...

 

Brace yourself for paint cost, tho.

 

Maybe 3 little totoro stickers?

 

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If they can get a copper 'spoon' behind the hole (a bit of flattened copper pipe profiled to the back of the panel) then this will stop them blowing through, help the weld bridge and carry away excessive heat. 

 

If you can seal both sides well, encapsulate with the fibre glass resin and the holes have been cleaned to bright metal then no reason a glass / filler fix won't work. Just need good access to both sides and the products to seal the steel away from air and moisture for ever. 

 

Same goes for welding. If you can't get to both sides of the weld then expect to see it again when it rusts eventually. 

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1 hour ago, garyspeed47 said:

Are you interested in selling rear deck spoiler?

thanks

Yes, once I find someone to fill the holes I will be selling the spoiler

(1973 Fjord Blue 037) Vin 2588314- Build date February 6th, 1973- delivered to Hoffman Motors NYC February 8th.

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Ingramlee

Sorry I have taken so long to respond. Health issues and not keeping up with FAQ.

If you still have the spoiler?  When you get the holes filled, let me know how much you want and shipping costs to Missouri zip 65023.

Thank you! 

Best regards,

Gary

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8 hours ago, garyspeed47 said:

Ingramlee

Sorry I have taken so long to respond. Health issues and not keeping up with FAQ.

If you still have the spoiler?  When you get the holes filled, let me know how much you want and shipping costs to Missouri zip 65023.

Thank you! 

Best regards,

Gary

Gary

No worries... Removing the spoiler and patching the holes really isn't a priority. I have been concentrating on other issues with the car.  You will be the first person I reach out to once I do decide to take it off though.

 

Thanks!

(1973 Fjord Blue 037) Vin 2588314- Build date February 6th, 1973- delivered to Hoffman Motors NYC February 8th.

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Ingramlee

Thank you for your response! I have been still having health issues. So, my response is shamefully late. But, if you find a solution about your deck lid holes, 

let me know and we can work out?

Respectfully,

Best Regards,

Gary

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in the for what it is worth category, I know people that have glued aluminum on the back of hole and filled it with bondo. No cracks yet.  They did it filling the holes left by trim on a VW, and best of all no warping. 

 

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