My 75 came with a rear PORSCHE reflector. I would like to go back to stock. What is the best way to plug the giant holes? Replace the whole rear panel?
Thanks in advance for the help!!
Restoration Design makes new tail panels, but I found a design flaw in one I got. I sectioned the new panel into the old and it turned out to be a lot of work. I don't know if replacing the entire piece would've been easier.
A real NOS part will always be best, but good luck finding one. Next option would be sectioning in a good salvage piece.
I had a Local welder in Orange County California come out and add a plate to the back and fill in the holes. He charged me $150. I can give you a referral to him. I think the best way to go is to have a welder fill them in without a backing plate. My car is not a show car so I didn't mind.
A good welder can fill the holes and make them invisable. No patch panel needed. Had it done on mine.
Thanks for the help!! I know a couple of good welders. I will look into it.
Should be able to fill them in easily with a mig welder. I have filled in 1/4" holes already just by doing light zaps at the edges until you close the hole up. Then take an angle grinder to it to flatten it down.
I just drilled more
by all means just weld up the stud holes DO NOT cut the body apart!!!
Simple process to weld them up. But before you do. Check inside the trunk to make user there is not a reason to dig into the welds (rust), if you have to, then no point in patching holes on a part you will replace. Unless to just drive it.
Easy deal. Just go slow in a criss cross pattern. Try to keep the heat
down to minimize the amount of filler that would be needed.
Use a nice smooth copper or brass backer.
Once you've gone around and made the complete circle. Use a small grinder if you have one to flatten it out so you don't start
welding up a cone. That will keep you from having pock mark on the backside. And a thin spot on top.
Crank the amps and wire feed down get a nicely wet towel rag and stitch away small beads @ a time and cool them,take your time and you will have limited cleanup work with a flapper wheel.
Nice to see another one of these gone from the rear of a 914 .
Another option if you don't mind a cosmetic blemish on the inside where no one will see it unless they are looking is to cut small pieces of steel and use JB Weld to plug and fill the holes. Use the small piece of metal as a backing. The JB Weld sands really nice. Just put a little body filler in any place where the JB Weld didn't fill, sand and prime.
No welding required! This is what I did because I don't have any welding friends close by.
SoCal Mini tech day
@ My house 90621
Sunday Nov 11th 8AM-10AM
Welding up some rear panel holes for Steve and Jerry.
I'll try my best to make it but I've been battling a bad cold. Hopefully my meds cure this darn thing before then.
You two boys get better, Eddy @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=15191 we got your back. Nacho @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=20716 hope you get better.
@http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=20199 is joining us.
I cut little hex disks out of 18 ga steel and welded them in.
Hey Oscar I plan on showing up as well should be a good time. I’ve got a few minor things to do. I could do them in my garage but would have a much better time with the group......thanks Paul
Had a great day...got Steve welding. Bob from Seal Beach also joined us as well as Paul, Jerry and Bob.
All sealed up...ready for final prep and paint.
Good job Steve
Thanks again for lunch Steve
Till next time...
Get well Nacho and Eddy...
Great workmanship guys that cleaned up nice!
Awesome day!!! Thanks Oscar, Jerry and Bob for the welding and body work tutorial.
Thanks Paul for dropping by, good to see everyone!! I took a bunch of notes and pictures. You guys make it look so easy. I will be less afraid to tackle this on my own next time!!
You guys rock!!!
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