Sometime back in the 80's Ol' Rusty had endured a "restoration". This involved riveting thin sheet-metal patches over rust holes, welding reinforcement plate in the rusted-out inner rocker, slathering bondo all over the torque boxes, screwing aluminum and fiberglass sheets over the holes in the floor pans, and replacing the rear quarters. Well, at least they actually replaced the rear quarters but they used the incorrent panels from 68. It seems like a really minor thing but prior to 2/15 in 1968, the rear quarter reflectors were installed in indentions. After 2/15, the indentions were deleted in favor of flush-mounted side markers. Well Ol' Rusty was built on the 28th of February and should have the later flush-mounted markers. The restorers must have known that this was the case because they simply filled the indentions with body filler.
When I had the car media blasted, I had the blaster leave the filler in the indentions with the intentions to "top it off" so to speak and be done with it. I did this just before Christmas as evident in my blog entry from 12/14/2010. The more I thought about it, the more of a bad taste it left in my mouth. The filler was upwards of 1/4" thick in the indentions. What if it cracked? What if it simply popped out because I didn't replace it with completely fresh filler? What if it caused the paint over it to bubble or peal? Then one day a fellow VMFer posted a request for indention patches for a 68 Mustang. Although such a patch doesn't exist for sale, I felt that I could be of assistance and solve my indention problem as well so I went down to my local hardware store and bought a sheet of 20 gauge sheet. I had decided to perform an indentectomy.
|Now THAT's gotta go.|
The first step was to clean out the indentions. I started on the passenger side and used my angle grinder with a knotted wire wheel. What a MESS!
|All cleaned up|
|11" x 4" squares. Just enough to overlap the indentions by about an inch.|
|Ready for forming|
Before cutting, I had to put a slight bow in the patches to conform to the curve in the rear quarter. This was accomplished by using a section of my heavy floor jack's handle and a 1/8" bar stock to roll a slight curve in the 20 gauge sheet. After I got the curve started, I could use my hands to adjust the curve of the patch to match the indention area of the quarter.
|My high-tech sheet-metal roller.|
|What the hell am I doing?|
|Ack! Did I just cut a huge hole in my quarter panel!?!|
|Welded in. Phew!|
The indentions were cleaned up to be reused and shipped to Maryland to start their new life as part of a father/son restore project.
So, that concludes Ol' Rusty's indentectomy and now she's not an "inney" any more.