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swvalcon 05-23-2012 12:50 PM

48 dodge coupe patch panels
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Got all the small parts ready to paint just need to wet sand with 400 and seal with black spi epoxy. Made some patch panels because the lower 1/4s and rockers are getting thin. Coated both the inside of patch and bare metal on the car with weld though primer before welding them on. Got the rocker to do yet on this side but had to go get some tin. I'am 62 and the guy that owns the car is a little older so would think they will out last both of us. Also included a shot of the inside of my shop where my office& bathroom will be when done.

Runnin'OnEmpty 05-23-2012 09:42 PM

Great work! :thumbup:
Seeing those pics reminded me of a 48 DeSoto
coupe I used to own.

deadbodyman 05-24-2012 05:23 PM

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Hmmmmm, I'll see your 1/4 bottom.....And raise you a front pillar bottom....LOL ,its almost like dejavue
I'm glad to see you back on it...I still cant believe how nice that is...

tech69 05-24-2012 10:41 PM

nice work guys!

swvalcon 05-26-2012 02:29 PM

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Got the driver's rocker done today and in primer

deadbodyman 05-26-2012 02:54 PM

How do you like working on these old gals ???

swvalcon 05-26-2012 07:47 PM

Reminds me of when I first started doing bodywork when you could actually pound on the tin with out putting a hole in it.

deadbodyman 05-26-2012 08:05 PM

Yeah, I hate that .especially when your hammer drops through the hole and its inside someones door....
I've beating on my 48 all week and it's wearing me out ..You gotta hit these things hard to move that metal around...and I think these dollies are about three times heavier too......even my good arm is sore

swvalcon 06-19-2012 10:24 AM

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I've got the body almost ready for paint. All the patches done,Coat of spi epoxy, Three coats of 2-k primer that has dried for almost a week now. Started to sand and block today. A few small spots to add some glaze otherwise not to bad. Got all the small parts painted last week. Should start to paint the body this week.House of color base-with spi clear. Not that impressed with the house of color stuff. You get very little flow out of it and its all metallic so its hard to get on even and not have it dry.

deadbodyman 06-20-2012 05:01 AM

aw man,I missed all the good door bottoms replaced ,no floors,what about the bumper extensions? They're always rotten... :mad:
I'm in the process of putting power locks (and the stricker) from an 05 Impala ,in my 48..Other than cutting the V for the striker the dang things fit like they were made for it....They fit even better when I figured out I had the right lock in the left door. :sweat:
Cant wait to see this painted I dont care much for HOC either,way over priced ,I go with almost anything before using that.

John long 06-20-2012 05:55 AM

You Plymouth guys do some neat stuff. Cant' wait to see some color.

swvalcon 06-20-2012 06:13 AM

Bumper extentions had a couple small holes to weld up [maybe had fog lights on it at one time]other than that they where nice. Those are painted and returned to customer. Had about 4 small patches to put in floors those are done. I'll shoot a photo of that today for you guys. Bottom side of fenders I put epoxy on and shot with paintable undercoat yesterday. Hope it helps with the rock stars because this is a driver. THey are steel fenders so not as bad as fiberglass but a hard hit from a rock off the tire can crack the paint. Only reason its going house of color is thats what the guy wants on it.He picked up the paint. Told him SPI clear or no go.

swvalcon 06-20-2012 08:51 AM

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I put two small patches on the passenger floor, Three on the drivers side, and fenders are ready to paint. Body needs one more pass with 320-400 then I'll wax and grease, tac off and shoot a coat of spi epoxy let dry over night scuff with red scuff pad tac, seal and paint. I wouldn't normally seal after epoxy but house of color wants a black sealer under this color and my jobber didn't have any black epoxy so I had no choice.

deadbodyman 06-21-2012 05:02 AM

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So THATS what the rockers are supposed to look like.... :sweat:

hkestes 06-22-2012 08:07 AM

Your first post says 48 Dodge and I see you are in MN, so this must be a Canadian Dodge. The Canadian Dodges are Plymouth bodies with Dodge grill, stainless and badging.

With the true Dodge bodies the front fenders extend into the doors.

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