Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Fremont Ca. USA
Re: An EXCELLENT example of rust repair.
Guys, I know this man is very good, he does it effortlessly. But don't loose sight to the reason I posted it. I didn't post it so you would look at it and drool wishing you could do it. I posted it because you CAN do it.
Go out and try, look at those photos he posted. He cuts off a piece of metal. Looking at just that piece he takes JUST A PORTION of the piece and makes one like that portion. He then takes another portion of teh piece and makes on like it, and so one. He makes two, three, four, "bite size" pieces and then welds them together into the one piece to replace the rusted out one.
I have done it, I am not going that sort of work these days or I would do a "how to" for you. But this man has done it, it is all right there.
Forget about the press, forget about all that. Take a small bite sized piece and make a pattern, then bend that piece using the vice, home made dollies, what ever.
It really isn't that hard guys!
One thing I used to do was to cut that piece out, then flatten it with a hammer on a anvil. Now you have the exact shape of the piece to cut the new one out. I then drew lines on the new one where the folds went, and put the folds in, trial fitting it to the place where it goes.
All I know is, it IS possible to do this stuff as a home hobbiest.
I have said over and over, the only difference between putting a coat of wax on your car and doing a frame off restoration is the amount of steps it takes to do it.
Take each one of these tiny steps and put them all together and you have a restored car.
Don't be caught up in how skilled he is or the tools he has. YOU can do this!!!
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