When I bought my Ford it came with a lot of rust. Thankfully it came with a few patch panels too. This entry shows how I put these panels to good use combating the rust on my '49 Ford.
I took a deep breath and one last look at the rust and went at it with a cut-off wheel.
Here it is all tacked in. I had to cut a really skinny patch for the lower left hand side where I cut the hole the quarter too big. Oops
The factory pinch welded the lip on the wheel opening. I don't have a way to do that so I went back with plug welds and I'll grind them down smooth. I clamped the patch panel in tight to the inner fender and welded through a hole I punched in the patch.
To punch the holes I used this Central Pneumatic Punch/Flange tool. I picked mine up in-store at Harbor Freight for about 40$ + tax. You can order one from their website or pay 15 bucks more at Amazon.com and pay no shipping charge.
When I was satisfied that the panel was in a shape I could work with I started bending up a small panel to fill the space not covered by the patch panel.
The shape was pretty tricky here with a couple bends going two different directions. A sheet metal shrinker/stretcher set would have com in handy here.
When I finally got the metal persuaded into a pleasing shape I got it placed I tacked it in too.
That just about wraps it up to this point. I still need to finish weld and, of course, do a little body-hammer work. After that comes filler, primer and paint. At this point though it makes my head hurt to think that far ahead. Stay tuned for my write up on rocker panel installation or go back and check out my Floors Saga.
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