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> Started the metal work on the fenders today, my restoration website, if you're interested.
mmichalik
post Nov 14 2017, 08:17 PM
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Hi everyone,

We just started the metal work on the fenders today. I can't express how cool this is! http://www.2002and914.com/?page_id=304

We've been working on this for a couple of years now. Got the motor, transmission, front and rear suspension done. Only thing left is the interior, body work and paint. And then of course, all the details.

If you're interested, poke around the site. If I misrepresented anything, please let me know. (but please don't flame me, just let me know) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)
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post Nov 14 2017, 08:24 PM
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Looks like it’s in good hands.
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post Nov 14 2017, 08:42 PM
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yeah, it really is. Paint, no problem, I've got that covered. Body work, at this level, he's the man.

He just finished up restoring a late 50's sprint car. It came out amazing.
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post Nov 16 2017, 11:32 AM
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today we used the metal file to bring the work to as close to perfect as we could get before any plastic is used. It was really cool watching that being done, knowing how it felt before we started and how smooth it is now.

We're also going to be cutting out the small area of surface rust and welding in the patch. Once we're all finished, I will cover it with a catalyzed primer and then I'll start blocking out the rest of the car.

Progress pictures will be posted on the website this evening if anyone is interested.

One thing I have to say is that if you have never watched a real bodyman use metal files the old school way, you're missing out. Such an art form that is mostly lost on today's remove and replace panels.

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post Nov 20 2017, 10:08 AM
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After the metal work, we got one fender in primer. 2nd one will be finished tomorrow.Attached Image
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post Nov 20 2017, 10:40 AM
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Beautiful work. I agree re the metal files and actual craftsmanship versus the old bondo or remove and replace. Dying art form for sure.
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post Nov 20 2017, 05:17 PM
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When I asked him how old the files were, he said "A few years older than you are". So, at least 48 years but they are still sharp and surprisingly comfortable.

A lot of miles on them though, that's for sure.
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post Nov 20 2017, 08:27 PM
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QUOTE(mmichalik @ Nov 20 2017, 03:17 PM) *

When I asked him how old the files were, he said "A few years older than you are". So, at least 48 years but they are still sharp and surprisingly comfortable.

A lot of miles on them though, that's for sure.

For most of us who have never seen metal files in action, a short video would be enlightening! (IMG:style_emoticons/default/piratenanner.gif)
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post Nov 20 2017, 10:05 PM
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We'll be working on the drivers side over the holiday, I will get that recorded.

The combination of the hammers, dollies and metal files is really cool.
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