Sunday, September 2, 2012

More quarter panel progress

Have not had time to work on the car for several weeks.  Let's just say I've found a new friend who is not a car, and we've been spending some quality time together.

So today had to be Camaro day.  Got a lot of work left to do, and I sure would like to have some kind of rolling chassis by springtime next year.  Oh well, it may or may not happen.  It's not like I'm on a schedule.

Today I simply worked some more on lining up the panel, closing the gaps, etc. . .  The major part of that was stripping the glass, regulator and latching hardware out of the driver's side door, and mounting it back up to the car.

 Then it's a matter of minor adjustments to the quarter to make it line up just so with the door.  You have to watch the gap between quarter and door, the gap along the bottom of the door, and how the top of the door lines up with the top of that section of the quarter.  It actually fits pretty well, but there were a few spots that need some work.  Nothing drastic, though.

Lines up pretty well.

The next problem spot is the rear quarter where it meets up with the section holding the brake lights.  There was a significant gap here, but it all pulled together nice, with the help of a couple ratchet tie-down straps.

The other problem areas are going to be the window channel, and a nasty gap by the trunk header panel.  Very doable, though.

Also, the door is held in with another strap.  So far, so good.  Once I have it fitted, I'll take it all back apart, seal up my seams, then re-fit and weld the panel permanently.  I'm liking how it's starting to look with the new metal.

More to come later!