Sunday, September 4, 2011

Fender work

Been a while since I made a post on my blog.  Promise you I have not been slacking, but held up with other issues.  I will do my best to get you up to date.

I went to tackle the fenders, and thought they would be simple strip, and prime.  LOL!  As we all know it never works like that.  I started with the Driver side since it was replaced when the car was in a wreak.  Looks pretty obvious from all the body work it was hit from behind, went off the road and hit a tree on the drivers side.  They fixed it up and found a victim to buy it. My guess is I am victim number 2 since the people I bought it from had it for a while due to the amount of crud under the fenders etc..

 I start to remove the paint with a wire wheel on a drill.

 I put plastic on the garage door, and hung sheets to help with the dust and vacuum up when done.

I figured it was a new fender and a paper tag on the inside showed it came from a Ford dealer in Delaware.  Which makes sense because I bought the car in Maryland which is close.

As I get to the front of the fender, I find body filler.  They had filler all over the hood in this area.

 Removal of the filler and I find damage to a new fender?  

More filler. 

 I removed the headlight bucket area so I could repair the damage to the front

Welded back in place.
The front edge was a mess.

 Add metal


Test fit the extension.

 Needs more work.

Shaving the metal

Looking much better.  

Prime the front.

 I found the fender anchor was missing so I welded one in.
I am finishing up the other fender now so look forward to an update.