When we left off in Part 3, the new GT fender flares were set in body lines, and now we will show you the final steps to graft them into the Porsche 914. The hardest part is already done, double checking the fender flare shapes are in car line before we cut away the excess metal. Next, they can be TIG welded to the Porsche body. So after marking and trimming the panel to body, we use a ‘traditional’ method, the butt weld joint, also used by Porsche themselves. Any panels that are overlapped, welded, then body filler laid over the surface to hide the method of joining, will bite you a couple of years after the car is painted and signs of bubbling are showing through the paint surface.
Follow the pictures and explanations of the process to conclude grafting in our Porsche 914 GT fender flare.
Restoration photos of the fender flares metal finishing
Nicely pressed rear fender flare tacked into position without really any defining. Great product from Restoration Design.
TIG weld one inch, let cool, continue to weld…..
Overview of the metal finishing process.
A close up view of the metal finishing using hand tools and a file.
Picking up the lows and press marks.
Close up you can just see the weld line in the color change of the metal.
Showing the the two directions of my file pattern.
Completed fender flares conversion photos
Here is the finished article, now ready for high build primer.
Looking down the body showing the arch is in car line.
A side view of the Porsche 914.
One final look to round out this segment. Three more fender flares to go!