We round out the rear end restoration in this post with a freshly made upper floor panel and inner wheel arch restoration.
The flanges on the both lower areas of the inner arches were both decayed and misshaped due to the area being overstretched. We removed these affected areas from the American Austin and replaced them with new metal as shown in the photos below on both inner arches.
The upper floor panel was totally rotted away on the lower right hand corner, we did contemplate repairing this area on the original panel, but decided the resulting panel would be structurally borderline at best. A new panel was therefore made from scratch, which completed the rear end rebuild and restoration.
Photos of rear end American Austin antique car restoration
Weakened inner arch metal was removed.
New metal piece made and offered up to the wheel well.
Newly made section grafted in.
New metal in the right hand wheel arch.
…and metal finished.
Interior view of inner wheel housing and new repairs.
The upper floor panel needed a great deal of help. After careful assessment, we decided to make a new back panel.
Back panel created, now need to weld in to the rear end.
Completed rear end restoration – ready to join the rest of the American Austin
New panel positioned into place on the Austin.
Rear end completely ready for the rest of the body.