August 22, 2003

These two photos show the original fender wells that have been repaired a few times and had a few coats of lousy paint. Now we have to make these look new and original.

This will entail grinding all the painted surfaces to original gel coat and bare metal.

I got Mike, the English kid, helping me on one side, while I do the other.

The picture on the left is a matt patch that holds the inner fender to the chassis rail. The problem with most the patches is that the base was never sanded (roughed up), so the patches just peel off.

After two days of grinding and a body that itches like poison ivy, it's ready for the repair work.

The picture on the left shows the pickup point that needed the support bracket (M.I.A.).

Now we start the process of using 1 1/2 oz matt and cabosil for all the joints and seams. I guarantee they'll stick this time!

When these cars get old, most of the reason why they creak and squeak is because the fiberglass is discombobulated in certain areas.

The original seam between the fender and the inner wheel well has been ground smooth. Now I'm applying cabosil (which is what Porsche used), then the layer of matt, which finishes the bond.

More close up shots.

I use a spreader where the fiberglass is pitted or really cracked up. This keeps the area nice and flat before applying the matt.

First I wet the inside of the fender then I apply the matt.

More shots

I then apply the matt patch, that connects the two panels together.

When this is done you will see the seam, which gives the inner fender original patina.

This weekend I will sand the none-covered surfaces and black prime the wheel well, including the frame.

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