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Old 03-25-2015, 03:15 PM
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I got the tail panel last week. Lots of "extra" to remove.





4 HOURS and 78 spot welds later, it is free of all the clutter. UNFORTUNATELY, the entire rear facing surface has many dents and filler applied. I will be sand blasting it and trying to iron out the wrinkles better before install.



It does fit the channels like it should but the left side is a bit low with the lid down. I will adjust the bottom flange to raise the left up a little.




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Old 03-25-2015, 04:07 PM
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I know it is hard to tell a lot from pictures but it looks awfully good to me. Glad to see you grtting it fit up.

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Old 04-08-2015, 04:02 PM
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I started to sand blast the tail panel and quickly ran into bondo over the ENTIRE surface. I had to stop and grind it off with an abrasive wheel. It was 3/16ths thick in many places...angry





All but the left 6 inches is wrinkled...banghead





The lock hole was smashed and somewhat pushed out and then filled with bondo. The previous "body person" even ground thru the panel in a couple places. In reality, this panel is scrap but I will have to save it somehow.



I bought some nylon PDR punches and shrinking discs to help with the ironing.



After MUCH hammer and dolly work, I had 2 areas that were oil canning. I hammered them to the outside and hit them with the shrinking disc and water and they pulled right back and tightened up. The disc does work good but it would take a miracle to get all the wrinkles out of this panel. It is good enough to finish with a skim coat now, instead of almost a 1/4" of filler.





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I got a visit from UPS today...







Yet to come are the door panels and carpet. They shipped a couple days after this.
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AHH!--there's nothing like new parts to take your mind off the struggles. I admire your work and will keep tuning in. I'm cheerin' for ya'
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I hate the panel is not the quality you expected but I'll bet it is by far better than any repop you could buy. For sure it is better than the one you had.

Hang in there! Glad to hear the shrinking disc is working for you. I am thinking that might be on my birthday list.

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I hate the panel is not the quality you expected but I'll bet it is by far better than any repop you could buy. For sure it is better than the one you had.

Hang in there! Glad to hear the shrinking disc is working for you. I am thinking that might be on my birthday list.

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I'm certain Northstar T could iron this out till it looked like new, but I don't have that experience. As for being better than the original....not even close. I've regretted removing that many times over. That was rusted along the bottom and I could've sectioned that piece in a lot easier and quicker than this disappointing process has taken. I'm actually contemplating cutting the bottom 3 inches off this donor panel and doing just that, put the original back in.

The AMD repro actually is a very nice looking and fitting piece EXCEPT for the seal gutter. If they would remedy that situation, it would be as good as NOS. I'm tempted to buy a Dynacorn to compare but funds are stretched too thin with the purchase of the '62 Impala. I've had a couple bites on the Corvair, but it's still here and no cash in my hand...
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I'm certain Northstar T could iron this out till it looked like new, but I don't have that experience. As for being better than the original....not even close. ....................

The AMD repro actually is a very nice looking and fitting piece EXCEPT for the seal gutter. If they would remedy that situation, it would be as good as NOS. I'm tempted to buy a Dynacorn to compare but funds are stretched too thin with the purchase of the '62 Impala. I've had a couple bites on the Corvair, but it's still here and no cash in my hand...
Mitch, Could you take the rain gutter sections from your origional panel and graft them on to the AMD panel and end up with the best of both?

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Mitch, Could you take the rain gutter sections from your original panel and graft them on to the AMD panel and end up with the best of both?

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The gutter on the AMD appears too shallow all the way across. If it were just the corners, that would make sense. I will set it in place again today and see if I can determine if the central section would be an issue, or if I could "adjust" it to allow the trunk lid to close without being high in the center.

I REALLY need to come to a final decision and get moving forward again.

Of course the Impala has been a bit of a distraction for the past 2 weeks too... I was going to attempt to start the engine Tuesday only to discover the spankin' new Chinese distributor in it has no spark. I took it apart and looked for anything obvious, but no sign of what's wrong. I ordered a new Pertronix that will be here tomorrow. I wasn't going to spend money trying to fix a piece of junk, only to have it fail again.
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I called Summit today and got a return order going for the AMD tail panel.

Last week, I sand blasted the original panel and cut off the rusty bottom. Then I cut off the bottom of the donor panel to section on. Hoping to get back to that tomorrow.



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Good stuff Mitch. I think you are going about this the right way.

i am looking forward to seeing the finished panel.

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I have been slooooooowly working on the tail panel.

Mocked in place with clamps and screws and then tacked to hold it together for bench welding.





I added material where the original had been lost to the removal process.



Finished weld and cleanup...







I had to cut off the channels from the donor panel in the background to repair the drilled out ones.









Clamped in place with the quarter channel overlapping.



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Looking good!

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Looking good ,makes me wish I could get started on mine,it didn't need but very little body work when parked about 10 years ago ,I am almost afraid to uncover it now,

but it is in the dry
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You have truly made lemonaede out of lemons on that tail panel. Great work. Thanks for posting the pictures for others to see what can be done.

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