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Trans Am Fender Repair Part IV

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

The fenders are almost complete.  Some body glaze and high build primer made the repair work look good as new. 

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Trans Am Fender Repair Part III

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Today work began repairing the driver side fender which had about equal rust damage compared to the passenger side.  The process was the same for both.  Cut out the weak spots and weld in patches.  The inner fender bracing was welded back in using 1/8″ holes to preserve alignment.  Light body filler was applied to the patches after the welds were ground smooth.

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Trans Am Fender Repair Part II

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

As most of the major bugs have been worked out in the motor and drive-train, attention has been refocused on the body. The doors were removed and hinges separated to replace the bushings. The fenders had some bad rust damage in a few small areas. Since they’re not making these fenders yet I have no choice but to repair the ones I’ve got. First the inner fender bracing was removed. The inner fender bracing, fenders, and tire splash shields were taken to the sand blaster. All pieces were taken down to bare metal then sprayed with etching primer. Rust damage wasn’t quite as bad as I first thought after the rust scale was removed. Though mostly solid, some areas will still require patches.

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Trans Am Fender Repair Part I

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

The engine won’t be installed until the starter is back from IMI due to modifications.  Meanwhile, another project was started to maintain progress.  The passenger side fender was chemically stripped of all paint inside and out.  Overall, both fenders are in great shape.  No major rust except for a patch where some hood misalignment caused paint wear and consequently rusted through over the years.  There was even a small remnant of the original special edition stripes underneath the wheel flair.  The inner fender bracing will need to be removed to make the repair and eliminate any hidden rust.

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