July 11, 2004
bucket is now fit inside the fender. Cleko clamps hold the
bucket to the fender while the lamination takes place. The
clamps keep the index.
the bucket is glassed to the housing, I use any means I can
to keep the assembly mated to the remaining body panels.
case, when the headlight housing was made, it had a little
warp on the ceiling edge (hood).
The boards keep it straight.
is glassed in with cabosil and a few layers of mat. Now I
am preparing the complete fender for a skin coat of filler.
Although hard to see, there are a few areas in the surface
of the glass that are de-laminated or just filled with air
to open these areas up because when the sun heats the surface,
those air pockets blister. This is not cool when you have
a beautiful finish. You must grind all the areas until you
reach solid material.
areas are opened, you can fill them with cabosil or with fiberglass
mat. Even the smallest blister will show up on a good hot
day. The object is to get rid of all these areas.
is done, you can give the fender a skin coat of filler. Remember
to smear the filler in all directions with applied pressure.
This will insure that you have gotten all the air pockets
out of all the pin holes.
have a crest (a peak) on the top of the fender running the
length from the headlight to the door edge. This matches the
peak on the door. It is very subtle but it's there. The headlight
cover also has the same peak. It is important that this area
is kept in its original form during all the body work process.
arrows pointing to the de-laminated areas (undoubtedly caused
by a crash). They were just covered with filler when the car
was originally repaired. I will grind these areas, however
deep they go, and then fill them with cabosil and mat.
bodywork is completed, three good layers of duratech are applied.
is a great media for block sanding. In the picture on the
left, you can see the shadow that follows the peak of the
fender. Next, the door will be installed and mated to the
fender. The next and last repair work will be the structure
between each fender on the leading edge of the trunk. This
part sustained damage on the right side and needs to be cut
off, repaired and replaced.
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