This is fifth in a series of posts on the automotive restoration of this 1964 Porsche 356C.  Part One described condition of the Porsche after media blasting and the rebuild of the B-post, Part Two explains the fender reconstruction process, Part Three covered the front end reconstruction, and Part Four described the rebuild of the right-hand front fender and wheel arch.

The right-hand rear quarter is particularly weak in numerous areas, so we will section out these areas and graft in new material.  Access to welds under the new metal is a difficult area to work due to the limited space.   Fitting and manoeuvring a dolly for plannishing work is especially hard around the engine bay lip where the inner and outer panels narrow down and sandwich together.  Due to accessibility we will probably finish the upper areas around the engine bay lip with lead.

We will make future posts to demonstrate the lead work undertaken.  Meanwhile here are the photos below accompanied with short captions that explain the restoration of the right hand rear quarter.

The damaged panel before restoration

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A close up view of the right rear quarter panel

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Take a closer look at the evidence of decay over the years

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Areas marked for surgery

Photos of the restoration process for this panel

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Decayed areas cut out

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Inner wheel arch can be seen beyond area cut out for repair. The inner wheel is very close, which makes using a dolly to aid metal finishing very difficult.

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Repair sections tacked into place ready for TIG welding

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Grafted sections have now been TIG weld up, and the top of the welds now have been taken down to the base.

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Metal finishing begins. You can see the extent of the damage from the photo and the amount of metal finishing required to make this panel smooth.

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Upper area gone through the metal finishing process

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Areas picked up and filed

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Hammer and dolly work continued

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Getting closer

Photos of the completely restored panel on the Porsche

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Metal finishing complete

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All smoothed out and ready for next stage

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From the reverse angle.

This is fifth in a series of posts on the automotive restoration of this 1964 Porsche 356C.  Part One described condition of the Porsche after media blasting and the rebuild of the B-post, Part Two explains the fender reconstruction process, Part Three covered the front end reconstruction, and Part Four described the rebuild of the right-hand front fender and wheel arch.

 

 

 

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