Of course I am going to repaint the car. I have painted a few cars before and I also have better equipment. I have no choice at this point. I thought about just touching up the paint job and matching the paint color but after many attempts I found they never used the original color to paint the car. They got it close, and I got close to matching that color, but it is still not the original color. So I am just going to finish it up on the correct side as close to stock as possible. Fixing the area of the trunk has been a huge task and still more to come.
Enjoy! More to come soon!
Not much can be done to fix it other than cut the welds and align the panel. I only cut the rear welds so I could match it up. When you need to replace panels, dry fit everything around that area first before welding then tack weld and look again and again...
Additional pics uploaded 033010. Here is the butchery of hacking away at a poorly hung rear quarter panel. I had to cut away at the welds from the previous work. I cut a V into the lip area and inside the trunk I cut away at part of the panel it attaches to.
A lot of ugly work being done. Cutting and metal bumping.
Still hacking and drilling and bumping!
Close to being finished!
This is how I goo on the sealer.
Cheap soft bristle toothbrush (4 @ $2) gives me a better grip than the acid brush.
Seam sealer Fast n' Firm ($20). Save all you can from this tube. I seal it back up when finished which is why I don't use it in a caulking gun. If you can get it close to a lamp or heater, it spreads much better when warm.
A little dab will do ya!
Give it that nice brush stroke texture.
And the passenger side is sealed!
Fixed it after many hours of working the metal.
I just loose fit the end caps for a sight check. There is a rubber seal that need to go under the caps during assembly.
Looks much better! Tweak the trunk lid a bit and it will be fine.
Now I need to fix that warble in the middle of the rear panel next to the gas cap.
More to come! I am using my good camera now and not the iPhone to take pics.