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I pulled off this rain channel piece and found a hole under and where the channel piece (can someone tell me what this piece is called so I can stop looking like an idiot plz) meets the fixed gutter edge. Thank gawd, it comes off for easy fixing.

If anyone has a picture of this area without the piece installed and hopefully without lead, that would be greatly appreciated.



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When you say "hole" are you meaning "gap"? What I can see is a normal install and gm just flooded the gutter with seam sealer which is more than adequate. Was your Elky a deluxe or a malibu based Elky? The deluxe got a little metal cap over the gap, where the malibu based Elky got the brightwork cover all along the gutter...3 pieces. You're gettin' it done!!
 

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I'll say it again my man, you are a metal magician! I love this thread!
 
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When you say "hole" are you meaning "gap"? What I can see is a normal install and gm just flooded the gutter with seam sealer which is more than adequate. Was your Elky a deluxe or a malibu based Elky? The deluxe got a little metal cap over the gap, where the malibu based Elky got the brightwork cover all along the gutter...3 pieces. You're gettin' it done!!
Thanks.
Sorry for the delay on the reply. No notifications again.

Mine is a custom but there is a "Malibu" on the dashboard.

I guess now that I've read this, I have two issues. The gap between the gutter rails and the space/hole where the metal thins out at the bottom of the gutter where the A pillar and roof meet. Seam sealer is good with me for that if the factory did it.

This little cap you mention. Is it like a piece that goes over chrome trim joints?
And do you know if it's available aftermarket?
I'd like the chrome trim but everything I've read says they are horrendous so I was just going to paint them again.
 

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The cap is just an inch long cap that hooks over the top of the gutter then crimps over the lower portion. You could just wrap it with a hand made piece of 24 ga. and crimp it a little, then flood your gutters with seam seal.
 

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The cap is just an inch long cap that hooks over the top of the gutter then crimps over the lower portion. You could just wrap it with a hand made piece of 24 ga. and crimp it a little, then flood your gutters with seam seal.

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Driver's side quarter panel. Patch reworked, bends tweaked same as the other side.
The inboard pieces required were a bit smaller for this side, but still a pain to make.

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More of the bits.............


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Inside view. This side came out better I think. I took my time more.

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Getting ready to weld in the patch tomorrow. Hopefully goes OK and doesn't cave in at the front where I cannot reach as the gas filler is in the way of planishing.


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I'll say it again my man, you are a metal magician! I love this thread!
Yea when I saw this I though it was going to be a scuff & paint with Rustoleum.:eek:
 
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Yea when I saw this I though it was going to be a scuff & paint with Rustoleum.:eek:
The funny thing about this statement is that, that's what they used for primer. Or maybe some cheaper junk.
But that's OK. Everyone learns as they go.
I painted a pickup truck with Tremclad spray bombs many years back. Man, did the sun and winter ever wrinkle the paint.
 

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I slid some razor blades between the two panels for a gap. The other side, the panels started overlapping and I couldn't get a dolly in to stretch the tacks to spread them apart. I ended up grinding a lot to create a gap. This side worked pretty good using a gap rather than butting the pieces tight together. About 4" at each end, I had to cut a gap with my Dremel zip cut blades because the panels started drawing towards each other.


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I spent the whole day dropping tack after tack and letting it cool. While waiting for it to cool, I started the wheel well lip patch.


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The molding is a good guide to get the piece started with some fine tweaking off the car itself.


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I drew a line just big enough to keep on the flat part of the wheel well lip. Hit it with hand snips.


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Clamped it tight to the the wheel well and then used a thickness of metal as a guide to draw the cut line.


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Zip cut blade to hog out most of the old piece.........


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Meanwhile, back at the ranch, tacking continued in between......



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And then some grinding and tapping the back portion on dolly, and the front, some hammer blows right on the panel (scary) with no back support. The weld was actually sticking out all the way down as I prestretched the quarter panel and the patch before welding.


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I believe the monkeys cut the wheel well lips for tire clearance as there is zero rust rot on the inner lip.
Looks like this thread may also require a rear end narrowing..:rolleyes:


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Inner wheel lip repair followed welding the new outer piece.


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Outer piece, tiny welds at a time to keep the heat down.


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While those welds cooled, I cut into the last bit of wheel well rim.


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A little sneak preview of the rims and checking frame clearance of tire. 2-1/4" at the old tires/rims, with the new rims going out a 1/4" further. So a 1-1/4" off each side seems reasonable.

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