Well I decided to start getting the rear fenders ready for primer. I wanted to use these for the truck because they were giving to me by a buddy who bought new ones. Her has passed away (He knew they were rough but did not want to throw them away) and I wanted something of his on the truck, so I went to through the trouble of saving them. Plus he challenged me and thought they couldn't be saved.lol So in honor of my buddy Jimmy my question is do you know what evils lives under your primer?
Bondo, bondo, bondo.
This is what was under all that bondo
This is what I had to cut away. Yikes
Yeah thats another fender in that background covered in bondo also.lol
I had some front fenders that I've been gutting that provided the majority of the patch panel. A little tweaking and they worked fine. That little rust spot that was left I just formed my hand.
I used a 3/32 2% ceriated tungsten and 1/16 filler rod and tried to keep the smallest HAZ I could. Tig welding sheetmetal is great, you can see how low the bead profile is and some of the metal finishing I started. Man you can hammer and dolly that HAZ to your hearts desire.
The other fender
Over the years these trucks were really used and used hard.lol Man this fender has dents and digs all along the top area. I used a big red marker to color in the top which I will block sand to see the highs and lows.
Weapons of choice
I also made this slapper and find it does a great job.
On the back side you must choose a dolly that is very close to the contour of the sheet metal.
After sanding here is what I had
After the first use of my slapper and dolly I sanded again and here what I have. As you can see the low area is getting smaller. Sanding between hammer and dolly work shows me were I need to concentrate.
Worked some more and sanded and had this.
Here what I accomplished the first day, still a lot of work to do but a fender that most would have trashed or covered with way too much filler will be used with very little filler when done. After I remove all the major of the dents I will red marker again and try to fix all the imperfections. All the red markets that are left need to be worked but as you can see there is a world of difference.
It just takes patience and work.