If you follow me on instagram at all, you may remember this picture. The previous owner packed the wheel well with silicone caulking. They might have been trying to waterproof the hole. Im not sure. I’ve been looking forward to fixing this for the last year and a half, and even bought a cheap AC TIG machine to get the work done.
I was given a front end from a ’67 beetle I was planning on cutting all the steel from to splice in. Thanks Dylan.
This method of sheet metal work isn’t elegant and wouldn’t be suited for bodywork where it would be highly visible, like on a door skin or quarter panel. Im adding steel overlapping the body, drilling holes and using clecos to hold the new steel in. It works, it still creates a strong and waterproof panel, it just has a seam. In the wheel well, where its going to be be covered with undercoating- you’ll never know. I chose it because It’s my first go at body work welding.
This piece here I fabbed/fitted myself, the cross members underneath make the section difficult to cut out of my spare bug piece.
Rust cut out, bottom portion tacked in. Note the wrench that someone lost in the body cavity sometime in the last 46 years. I left it for the next guy to find.
These are ugly welds. I’m still getting the hang of running a TIG without a pedal. Luckily they smooth out with a sander and a little body mud. I had a little body warping, I was having a little trouble getting the heat right. It wasn’t too bad though, the fender still fit.
Here’s a 15 second clip that I posted to Instagram of getting the piece from the other front end tacked in.
The other side didn’t go as smoothly. I forgot to remove the carpet…
No damage, just a big mess from the fire extinguisher. Next time I’ll remember to remove the carpet, and any spare parts I have in the car. I lost a $20 door seal, so at least it was a relatively cheap lesson.