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Old 03-09-2014, 11:20 PM
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Quarter panel rust repairs

The work has started !

Dismantled the mudguards, side garnishes and the rear bumper.

The cancer has been caused by missing "arch protectors" and torn mudguard. There was quite a bit of dirt on the wrong side of the plastic inner liner (mudguard in Subie terms).

The visible damage is actually easier to repair than the inner section....

So, the inner panel has rotted first, outside in, then when that has "gone thru" the outer panel has started to rot (from behind). The rearmost corner next to the bumper is naturally different - it's a single panel.

Anyone with "bubbles" in these areas - take the mudguards out and inspect before it's "too late".

/T
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Old 03-10-2014, 03:41 AM
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Re: Quarter panel rust repairs

Man I am sooooo glad we do not put salt on the roads here in NZ (in fact I have only been in snow once in 40 years here).
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Old 03-10-2014, 06:11 AM
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Re: Quarter panel rust repairs

Looks pretty similar to my car, maybe a little better. Good luck, can't wait to see the progress!
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Old 03-10-2014, 07:25 AM
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Re: Quarter panel rust repairs

Will you be replacing the mudguards and arch protectors? I'll be doing the same repair soon. Could you post a few more close ups of the inner panel rot? I want to show them to my body guy.
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Old 03-10-2014, 09:31 AM
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Re: Quarter panel rust repairs

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Will you be replacing the mudguards and arch protectors? I'll be doing the same repair soon. Could you post a few more close ups of the inner panel rot? I want to show them to my body guy.
Yes, I will replace the mudguard(s) - if the shipping cost is not astronomical.... it is a large but light part.... the arch protectors for sure.

I tried to get decent photos from the inside......

Good excuse to order more tools.... a sandbag and a mallet, a Cleko set, Intergrips and a shriker / stretcher .

/T
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Old 03-10-2014, 09:52 AM
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Re: Quarter panel rust repairs

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Will you be replacing the mudguards and arch protectors? I'll be doing the same repair soon. Could you post a few more close ups of the inner panel rot? I want to show them to my body guy.
I tried to order front fender liners from Subaru. Was told no longer available.
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Old 03-10-2014, 10:10 AM
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Re: Quarter panel rust repairs

Check this out:

http://www.monocoque-metalworks.com/...ar-wheel-arch/

/T
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Old 03-10-2014, 11:28 AM
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Re: Quarter panel rust repairs

OMG the horror! Good luck with that.
When you are done, apply Por15 compound before paint. You will tackle this issue permanently.
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Old 03-10-2014, 11:30 AM
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Even though the work done is pretty impressive, I consider it half-@ssed.
The finishing before paint is not that clean.
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Old 03-10-2014, 08:26 PM
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Re: Quarter panel rust repairs

Tapani thanks for posting, the work you are doing is an inspiration to me. I look forward to seeing your progress.
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Old 03-15-2014, 08:11 AM
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Re: Quarter panel rust repairs

A little progress - see photos. Not as pretty as the professionals.... maybe someday I will learn too...

Run out of gas (MIG).... let's see if I can borrow a bottle tomorrow :-)

BTW, the shrinker is a cool machine !

/T
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Old 03-15-2014, 09:37 AM
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Re: Quarter panel rust repairs

Actually Tapani, very nice job considering fabbing panel pieces from scratch.
Just make sure you clean the rusty surfaces really well and apply a permanent coat of either POR15 or another since you live in an area where snow is abundant.
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Old 03-16-2014, 07:16 AM
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Re: Quarter panel rust repairs

All welding is done. I used "Metal prep" (POR15) and rinsed with water... I will let everything dry a few days and then it's time for the black stuff - POR15. I also bought their seam sealer for the invisible seams.

There is about 3mm of filler at the thickest spot on the fender so someone has done some repairs in the past too. Checking with a long ruler - I don't think I will need more than that . Only one small buckle from the heat and that's inwards.... a little filler will take care of that too.

Next winter I will use the SVX only on days when it's cold enough for not getting salted.... and on the ice track days :-).

I would starve to death if I had to do this for money, though.... such a novice.

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Old 03-16-2014, 10:47 AM
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Re: Quarter panel rust repairs

Very nice! What thickness of steel are you using for the repair?
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Old 03-16-2014, 10:53 AM
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Very nice! What thickness of steel are you using for the repair?
0,75mm - 0,030"

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