This is the eighth 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, Part Four described the rebuild of the right-hand front fender and wheel arch, and Part Five covers the difficult restoration of the right-hand rear quarter .  Part Six demonstrated how off-the-shelf panels were used to make quick work of the restoration of the engine bay.  Part Seven jumped ahead and showed the leading work completed to perfect the gapping at the doors, trunk, and hood.  Part Nine shows how the rocker panel and hood channel were replaced.

 

The making of the bumper recess and grafting into the bottom of the right-hand rear fender.  As you can see from the first photos below,  years of weathering had rotted out the lower section of the rear quarter.  This panel is not available as a reproduction replacement panel, so you’re on your own if you wind up needing this panel.  We began the restoration by taking a simple pattern, along with profiles, and chasers to craft this panel.   We then take this new panel, after pin pointing the position, and graft it into the rear quarter.  Results are shown below.

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Decay and damage of the lower section.

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Beginnings of the handmade section to replace the rotted out piece.

Fitting the new panel onto the Porsche

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Gauging the fit of the new panel.

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Trimming and clico’ing new section into place.

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Once happy with fit of the old panel, cut out the bad piece.

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Tack new section into place.

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TIG weld 1-inch at a time, cooling as you go along.

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Fully welded up.

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Zip the top of the weld off.

Final photos of rear quarter restoration

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Metal finishing process.

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Completed!

 

This is the eighth 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, Part Four described the rebuild of the right-hand front fender and wheel arch, and Part Five covers the difficult restoration of the right-hand rear quarter .  Part Six demonstrated how off-the-shelf panels were used to make quick work of the restoration of the engine bay.  Part Seven jumped ahead and showed the leading work completed to perfect the gapping at the doors, trunk, and hood.  Part Nine shows how the rocker panel and hood channel were replaced.

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