A little bit of everything...
Lining things up for weld bead and repairing rust on the outer skin
Marking the patch and clamping in place.
Almost finished the inner panel and test fitting skin with inner panel.
Finishing off the lower section of the inner panel and pic 2 finally done... yay
Needs to be trimmed along red line.
Pic 1, nice fit, Pic 2 bottom edge trimmed... still needs to be primed.
Pic 1, while panel was fitted traced around the cut line so I know how much I have to work with. Pic 2, marked out the size of the patch, there is over lap between the patrch and car skin that will be trimmed.
Patch trimmed and ends are being straightened over a dolly. The patch will be trimmed down further and cut when fitted to car.
Patch skin adjusted and then screwed to car to keep everything 100% still while cutting. I will cut through both the car quarter skin and patch skin where they overlap so that I have a perfect matching constant edge between both panels for welding. This will make welding a joy and will give a really good finish. This will leave me with a perfect welding gap of around 0.6mm right across the cut.
Last of the quarter sking for now, I've started cutting through both panels. You can see the section inside the boot that will eventually be discarded. Once cutting is complete I will blast the lower edge outer skin where there was surface rust, strip it and then give it a good coat of water prrof primer before I start welding.
I fabricated the following that holds the quarter window sealing rubber. This will all sit under the stainless brightwork. Rx3 coupes suffer from water collecting in this area. I could leave it because no one will see it, but it will bug me until fixed right. You can see in Pic 2 the section that I chopped out.
Test fitting the OEM seal, will be primed then fitted. Pic 2, stuffing around with the nosecone !
Cleaning up the remainder of the boot tar that someone carelessly brushed everywhere. Back breaking work but got it done.
More boot shots, cleaned up with stripper, blasting and thinners... UHH !
All done and treated with deoxidine... will tidy up bits and pieces with the sander but done.
Moving to the right rear quarter skin next... looked OK and more than pass-able but my better judgement and destructive mood told me to start a chopping ! Couldn't help myself but to remove a good looking patch.
What a perfect way to remove the blast grit... chop up your car !
Whats the point of a good patch if you dont address the underside ? Better than the opposite side, wont take much to clean this up, will also let me recreate the lines on the right side between rear quarter skin and beaver panel. More to follow on this one as well....
Got sick of the shell so thought would finish off right door + tryiing to keep noise down. Left door was finished some time ago and is ready for primer so got started on right door. All the bolt on panels going on this car are rust free with no patches. Pic 1, looks like a door... Pic 2 started sanding, filing and tapping the lower part of the door.
Took some care and a couple of hours and metal finished the lower section. Will need nothing more that high fill on this part. I had to file it regardless due to some twit stripping the door with 1 grit paper and excessively marking the panel. Its pretty good now, lower section at least. Pic 2, along way to go with the upper part of the skin, it seems I can find straight rusty panels or damaged rust free panels but not straight and rust free
None the less, the doors that came with the car are good rust free and repairable with some love.
As you can see I've been a busy boy, Ive placed another order of Rx3 bits with Mazda that are coming Ex Japan, started reco'ing front struts/ brakes and preping some stuff to fit engine and box. The shells repairs are starting to come to an end