'70 Chevelle to be Reborn AKA "Frankie" Update #12 Cont.
After I posted this morning I went down and before I started cutting off the bad quarter panel I took some reference photos of the trunk lid. The right side needs to go forward and the left side needs to come back. Weird.. To say the least. Dave, The guy helping me replace the quarter has been a body guy for quite awhile and I'm sure we'll get this all ironed out. Everything forward of the two black lines on the left side is the original panel. The trunk lid I feel is not original to the car itself, but it is an original trunk lid. If you look close enough to the filler panel you can see the gaps. It's also too low to the trunk lid in the center.
Having the back portion of the quarter panel pre-removed sped up the time it took to get 85% of the panel off. Once that was outside and out of my way...I started on the rear window frame. Even though the quarter panel was rusted out in the window channel, the structure underneath was solid. It was simply a wire wheel and a non-abrasive pad and it was clean.
Then it was on to the weather strip channel around the trunk opening. I couldn't get my spot weld cutter in the groove so I just used my cut off wheel and ground out the spot welds. It was a slow tedious process, but I was able to make short work of it.
A forum member a month or so ago, asked in the electrical section about the taillight wiring, in the fact of where it went between the last wire clip and the rear taillight panel. Well, For those of us that haven't removed a quarter panel, Here it is...There is a channel on both sides of the trunk. The tail light harness either clips onto the gutter or lays in the gutter out of the way. Sorry for the tool mess in the photo.
Then I moved up to the back of the quarter window. WOW, what a pain in the A$$. Not wanting to destroy any metal work and remove the remaining panel took a bunch of time. I basically sectioned out small pieces at a time to get it removed.
Then it was on to the roof line. Luckily, this piece basically fell out except for one spot weld that was hanging up.
Then I moved back to the tail light panel, The brain surgeon from past work (ie. The quarter panel skin) brazed in the panel and welded the panel in spots.
Well, While I was trying to remove the back portion of the quarter panel, I accidently ground through the tail light panel. I will have to fix this issue before the new panel is installed.
Tomorrow I will remove the last of the original quarter panel around the door opening. I'm surprised at how strong this still is when I close the door. It doesn't even wiggle.