I continued with the boot area repairs, moving out a bit this time to the inner wheel arch. This is going to be a bit more complex of a repair as the fender flare is damaged as well as the inner wheel arch itself. And, they both come down to meet the lower boot area (strengthener that I replaced) and the lower wing itself.
"How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time." I've found that if I look at these more complicate repairs in composite parts, stitching them all together at some point (like with the boot floor patch), I tend to get a better product than if I try one huge patch at once.
|Cancer removed trying to show the intersection of the 4 (more?) metal pieces as the bottom of the wing stitches together.|
That was the task, which I was not able to finish in this visit, but which I made good progress on. I had previously cut the similar area of the black car away before I realized how bad the damage to Dorothy was. In those pieces, I had the very bottom of the inner wheel arch, or at least what wasn't rusted away on the black car.
|What I ended up using from the black car.|
|Same area, but from inside the wheel arch. Primed here, though, so time passed.|
Unfortunately, it wasn't quite enough to complete the repair down to the bottom of the strengthener, but it was pretty close.
|Hard to tell, but there is about a 1/2" gap between the gray primer and the black lower wing portion.|
In parallel with this, I was building a new inner wheel arch, which turned out to be rather easy. I just cut away the old metal and used it as a patter for the new. I will cut the bottom of the patch to fit as I bring the bottom all together.
|Showing cut-away of both the wing and the outer wheel arch.|
|Very rough fit of the inner wheel arch patch...very rough.|
Luckily, the outer fender flare from the black car in this area appears to be in fine shape. I cut that out this afternoon (12/1) as a matter of fact and it's in the back of my car awaiting transportation and transplant!
|Rough fit of lower wing repair patch.|
I hope to get over there for a few hours this weekend, but lots of basketball and winter soccer make it tough (the kids, not me). Calculus isn't much fun, either. But, I get over there when I can and get done what I can in the time that I have. Not a perfect situation, but it's a hobby after all. Until next time...