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10-02-2019 12:34 PM
idrivejunk Having that taken care of makes you feel lots better about your Camino, I'd bet. Get back to enjoying it.
10-02-2019 08:49 AM
Chucky5150
The final countdown

Getting it to the point of driving it again.

Just got to install the clips for the metal trim that goes around the glass. Overall I'll give it a solid looks ok. Not the best body filler work. At least the panel doesn't look wavy as you look at it. I think the paint came out pretty good for coming out of a spray can.

Next day or two I'll be able to get the glass put back in place.
08-26-2019 10:57 AM
Chucky5150 Not sure why this one didn't upload also.
08-26-2019 10:56 AM
Chucky5150 This project seems to be taking forever! For better or worse I've made some progress.

Heck Of a learning curve with the Bondo. First time I added too much hardner And it turned to a solid mass on the board. It got a little better after that.

I got a can of the 2 part epoxy primer and that is where stop again as I have to go back to work for a few weeks.

It doesn't look like a pro job. I think it looks fair for someone who has never any body filler / paint before.
06-21-2019 12:54 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by chasracer View Post
All of the above are good suggestions. I repaired my 66 rear window a different way and it was a little worse than yours. You probably won't like this idea and that's okay but unless you're a very practiced body man you are going to end up with a wavy ***'d mess. That's a long seam no matter where you cut.


My fix was to sand blast the entire area until I had nothing but clean metal, then I had a bottle of metal prep right there and used it generously. After that dried I mixed up Fiberglas bondo. There are two ways to go on this, one is to buy it in a can, you just add hardener as directed. OR, you can mix up your own 50/50 mix of bondo and chopped fiberglas strands. For a beginner, the premix is the better choice. The best thing about this is that once the mix is hard, it is completely water and moisture proof. I kept my car well over 12 years with no issues and about 5 years ago I saw the car again. The window area was still in great shape.
Be carefull here. The "bondo" is not waterproof. If you have epoxy primer under it, you have a waterproof barrier but the body filler is not.

John
06-21-2019 10:24 AM
Chucky5150 Maybe next time I'll do it that way. If it gets wavy, I'll write it off as a learning experience.
06-20-2019 06:19 PM
chasracer All of the above are good suggestions. I repaired my 66 rear window a different way and it was a little worse than yours. You probably won't like this idea and that's okay but unless you're a very practiced body man you are going to end up with a wavy ***'d mess. That's a long seam no matter where you cut.


My fix was to sand blast the entire area until I had nothing but clean metal, then I had a bottle of metal prep right there and used it generously. After that dried I mixed up Fiberglas bondo. There are two ways to go on this, one is to buy it in a can, you just add hardener as directed. OR, you can mix up your own 50/50 mix of bondo and chopped fiberglas strands. For a beginner, the premix is the better choice. The best thing about this is that once the mix is hard, it is completely water and moisture proof. I kept my car well over 12 years with no issues and about 5 years ago I saw the car again. The window area was still in great shape.
06-20-2019 06:56 AM
Chucky5150 Good call on the youtube. I learned how to do the brake lines from watching videos there.
06-19-2019 10:07 PM
idrivejunk Not a lot of tools involved in filler work, nothing expensive anyway unless its nice sanders. Mixing, spreading, and sanding filler looks simple but the learning curve may be infuriating if you are completely green on that. A quarter or half hour of firsthand tutorial demonstration would probably have you ready to start practicing at home. I have not compared any of the bondo lessons on web videos but that would be the next best thing. Youtube has a bunch. Search for "body filler tutorial" and start soaking it in if theres nobody around to show you how in person.
06-19-2019 08:17 PM
Chucky5150 Question for you guys:

I am slowly making forward progress on this. I don't know much about working with body filler or have any tools to help with that step. What should I look in to getting to help assist on the next stage on this?
06-18-2019 01:06 PM
Chucky5150 Finally making progress. I'm sure there will be mistakes doing this. However, at least it's me who's making them. Took a few minutes to get the welder changed over from flux core to solid wire. Then took some more time looking at pictures from the first few pages, good thing I posted them here.

First time for everything!

Now to change gears and install some flooring.
06-16-2019 09:45 PM
Chucky5150 Holy old topic batman!

So, life has gotten in the way. Worked on the honey-do list, then ended up putting an offer on a new (to us) house. Got the house and spent a year and a half remodeling it just to get to the point we could move in.

I'm going to the welding supply tomorrow and pick up some gas. It's time to get this put back together.

With any luck I wont mess anything up too much.
05-01-2016 06:35 PM
MARTINSR Cool, I was just concerned about that, it didn't look right to me.

Brian
05-01-2016 05:30 PM
idrivejunk That looks alright to me. Good pics!
05-01-2016 04:55 PM
Chucky5150 The space between the red and blue lines is 3/4" and that matches what was there before. I took measurement of that area somewhere back on page one when asked if it was a good patch panel. The lip goes from the red line up (also 3/4" matches the old), red line to blue, and blue down is being replaced.

I have looked at old pictures and as best as I can tell I am at the mark. I snapped on trim to see how it'll look. It looks right to me. from the across the bottom of the window down used to be a piece of black vinyl (to match the bed cover that was there). With that the case I don't have any good pictures of that area. Google wasn't much help on that either.

Some point down the road I'll have to put new studs in for the lower trim to clamp onto. Need to make sure I get those marked out right. However, one problem at a time.

Went back for a millionth look. With the screws holding the patch panel in place I removed all the clamps along the yellow + area. It lines up pretty good with that. Pushing that corner out from the inside of the cab does the trick.

Welder is just set up for flux core right now so I'll wait until I get some gas and wire before I even think of putting a tack.

Thank you again for taking the time on this.
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