Wow, what a hack!
Wow, what a hack!
Using bondo to make the gaps look good is an old backyard mechanic strategy.Soooo, What he did was wrong at the sail panel seem? He sad he wants to make it right and he bought new replacement panels, floors, braces, cowl assembly, rear floor section. He was over yesterday and we put the right side cowl section together, torque box and inner kick panel section he does know how to weld good, used a mig welder with gas.
Before I got the chevelle back He also put a coating of bondo where the rear part of the door meets the front part of quarter panel. He said he had to do that to get the new doors to fit good, good lines. Should I tell him I want to strip down that section, why the F does he need to put filler on the quarter where it meets the door, there should be enough adjustment at doors to allow for a nice gap. I'm still confused about the sail section of quarter pane where he welded in and added filler. what should I do about that. strip it down too.
He keeps stressing that it won't crack. I don't feel comfortable about the weld and bondo stuff. I don't get why he would need to use bondo.
What's the bottom line?
Sail panel weld with weld and bondo?
Front of rear quarter where it meets rear edge of door bondo?
I need more info
Thanks for your help guys.
It's called a collision cut and a poor way to install a quarter unless you want just to build a beater and do a cave and pave job. Your bodyman is a hack and would be fired by 9 am if he worked for me. If he showed me his portfolio I would not even hire him.Plus I found out that when he cut out the old quarter panel at roof, he cut it out before the factory joint, now there are two seems. Is that ok?
I can feel for you. I went thru the same thing with 2 body shops. One took my money ( 7 grand ) cut my Chevelle apart and told me to come and get it in pieces as he was closing the shop. I replaced all the panels myself ie floors, trunk pan, full quarters and inner and outer rockers. Sent it to another local allegedly reputable body shop for finish body work and paint. Spent 11 grand there and found that when he sanded the car to bare metal he didn't prime it right away and the paint lifted from surface rust under the primer. He wouldn't make good and told me to sue. Third time was a charm. A guy who works out of his house took my car and did it completely over from bare metal to paint for 6 grand. Live and learnHi Everyone, question about body work. I am working with my body guy restoring my 72 chevelle. Should I sand the metal down to bare metal. my auto body guy applied bondo on the new rear quarters along the trunk area. I thought this was stupid, didn't make sense. I found this out after I started stripping down the trunk hinges and around trunk gasket area. I removed it all. I asked him why he did this he said because the deck lid didn't fit right. That's funny I have the deck lid with me in my garage that is where my chevelle is now. I am finding all these f-ups. He also said he didn't use much filler as he calls it. There was an 1/8 inch of bondo on the new rear quarters at trunk area. So I stripped it down to bare metal bolted the deck lid on and it is looking good. This guy left rust holes at front fenders at kick panel area, did not replace the floor braces and installed new floors, It all has to be ripped up and replaced , new floors, braces, cowl, lower kick panels, rocker panels. he is coming over to help me work on fixing these screw up. I also told him when he had the chevelle for 8 months any problems you see let me know and i will get the panels for the body.
I have given him $19,000 dollars to do this job, but I have to go 14 steps back to remove the new stuff to replace what was missed. I am going to strip everything down to bare metal as we go along for fitment. I am not a bondo guy, it's like covering up something.
Any ideas how I should handle this guy, I do need to get my chevelle completed. I attached some pics of what I did so far. Why are people like this.