To The Trashy Trans Am.

Its been two months (!) since I made the 3/4 rotisserie to be able to easily access the rust issues in the rear quarters and left rear frame rail. So since my parts car is... parting, and it runs, I can start working on sheetmetal repairs.

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Step one: Order parts

Step two: Start hacking.

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This is getting replaced, along with the other side that has Bondo in it:

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And this quarter, which has some pinholes.

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Those I could easily see. I separated the seams and drilled out the spot welds. Once the repair panels are here I’ll know whereabouts I’ll make my cuts. But first, lets take a look at the “nice” quarter panel:

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I can see a coat of filler there, so I wasn’t too surprised when it started cracking off as I separated the lower seam:

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But then I saw what was lurking underneath:

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OH LAWD NOOOOO

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That’s a big ass hole

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Someone had literally shoved mesh and scrap metal behind the hole and FILLED it with Bondo up to an inch and a half thick.

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Oh well, it was getting replaced anyways, THE RIGHT WAY.

Hopefully once I dig into the trunk/frame rail Ican just patch what’s there and not have to buy a trunk pan (the only way to get the sections that are rusty on mine) or a frame rail.

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And no, none of the sheetmetal or frame section I need can be sourced from the Esprit parts car. Its got rust in all the same places.