DIY Body Work - When To Say No?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Rob, Oct 22, 2006.

  1. Rob

    Rob Guest

    Okay, the work on my has 1978 264GL has begun. The autotransmission is
    shifting a little hard, no doubt it needs to be flushed, just
    monitoring that. Didn't pick up the hood hinges yet as I've decided in
    stead to concentrate for now on the body. I've discovered that the rear
    body panel has actually been pushed in a little, maybe 1 1/2" (38mm);
    if you weren't familiar with the design, you'd almost think it was
    okay, it's so symmetrical (original owneer backed it into something,
    and parked it afterwards. Hence the extremely low miles; 45k!). I find
    myself torn here. I come from a former racing family and have a little
    bit of experience here, but this is no slight dent!
    I did manage to hammer out the one side where it wasn't as symmetrical,
    but the entire panel has to be pulled back out, as well as the bumper.
    I've looked for any additional damage, thankfully none. At this point
    I'm wondering if I should just sand off the rust, fill where necessary
    and have it painted and just leave the panel alone, since I think with
    a little work it really isn't noticeable, aside from the car being a
    little shorter! Thoughts?

    Rob, Oct 22, 2006
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  2. Rob

    James Sweet Guest

    Paint is the expensive part, so if you're gonna have it painted, do it
    right and have the sheetmetal fixed as well. Also don't skimp on the
    paint, you get what you pay for and if you try to save a few bucks
    you'll be wishing you'd had it done right every time you see it. Granted
    I'm a perfectionist but I figure if it's worth doing, it's worth doing
    James Sweet, Oct 23, 2006
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  3. Rob

    Rob Guest

    Good point. I've think I've figured out a way to pull it out. Turns out
    it isn't quite in 1" (25mm), so with rubber mallet and block in hand, I
    shall attempt to put it right. I took care of many of the rust spots
    this weekend, save for the major ones along the edge of the hood. This
    is actually going to be the area where I try out some filling
    techniques; probably easier to replace the hood, but I need the
    practice to be honest.
    As for color... going with as close a match as possible to the original
    silver green metallic (Volvo code 178). Otherwise, mechanically, this
    car is wonderful. Still plenty of power.

    Rob, Oct 23, 2006
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