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Come together

dscf9664We have made great progress on the Prius today. It was painted this morning. After allowing sufficient drying time, we started the assembly process. The left rear door is built back as well as some of the interior. Did come across a few little specialty clips and screws that were ripped out in the accident that were ordered. We hope those will be here on Friday. We will continue to assemble everything we can to keep things moving along. If all goes well we should wrap this one up and have it ready for delivery on Friday.

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Too close

dscf9654dscf9653dscf9652dscf9658dscf9659You know those posts that keep you from hitting a gas pump or the ATM ?  Dont you hate it when they move them?  Thats what we have here. It happens to the best of us from time to time. Luckily we were able to straighten this one out with out having to install a new panel. We will be fixing the rear bumper as well but most of that damage was just on the surface. We started by removing all the parts that were necessary. We then welded some tabs to the quarter to pull that sheet metal back into shape. We then used a stud welder to pull out the remaining low areas and tapped down the high ones. We then used filler to start smoothing up the body. This is about as far as we got today. Tomorrow we plan on having this one in primer and ready for paint on Thursday.

Just a trim

dscf9657dscf9656dscf9655Here we have Prius thats in the shop to get a few panels repaired and replaced. A new quarter was in order here and that is on and trimmed out. We did come across a few small parts that had to be ordered and those are on the way. Tomorrow we hope to get this on painted so we can start reassembly on Thursday.

Ghia time

dscf9646dscf9647Here we have an update on the Ghia. Although its not progressing as much as I’d like it is moving. I have brought in a guy to help out with some welding since our collision business has been so heavy this past bit. We do have quite a bit of welding wrapped up and we have also been doing some body work. Here you can see the work on the quarters. The area on the left is where that huge patch of rust was cut out. We are now welding up the front end and a small patch is still left in the left quarter. We plan on spending a few hours on it this weekend to play a little catch up.

Oh no!

dscf9612Watch out for those run away buggies at the grocery story. The owner of this brand NEW Camaro came out of the store to find quite a bit of damage on his Camaro from a shopping cart. As you can see we have removed all necessary parts to ensure a quality job and repaired the damage. Tomorrow we will get this one prepped and in the booth for a new coat of yellow.

All shined up

dscf9616dscf9615This is the results of the Freshen up post from yesterday. The paint job turned out very nice. Now with a base coat clear coat finish, the owner will not have that dry, chalky, dull paint anymore. We even did a headlight restoration on this one to make it safer at night and help with the appearance. We did get most of this one put back together today and should finish up the reassembly tomorrow.

Looking like new

dscf9613dscf9614Here we have the Soul all painted up and ready for assembly. It really turned out nice. We did notice though a small part damaged from the accident that was missed. The rear reinforcement bar has a broken tab on it. The new one is on order and should arrive Friday morning. We have the bumper built and ready to go back on as soon as that part arrives. The owner should be back in her car just in time for the weekend.

bumper bumping

dscf9607dscf9608dscf9611So, this Kia is in the shop to get a small bump up repaired. We will be replacing the center of the rear bumper and repairing the left corner part and the lower part of the hatch. As you can see here, Cole has removed the rear bumper and started the repair on the hatch. The bent part of the hatch was hammered back out to its original shape then filler was applied to straighten out the outside of the hatch.  The bumper corner has also been sanded and ready for primer. We expect the parts to be in tomorrow. The hatch and bumper end was primed before we left today and we plan on getting it painted tomorrow as well.

Fender mender

DSCF9601DSCF9599DSCF9600Today was dedicated to the Ghia. We started off today making sure the there we no pinholes where we welded up the lower fender sections. Once we were sure they were ready for filler, we started prepping the left fender. This left fender has been the victim of, I believe 2 accidents. Who ever fixed it before did a pretty good job of hammering and dolling it out to its original shape, but we did take it a bit further and straightened it out a bit more. Fenders for Karmann Ghias are almost non existent. When you do find one, you have to hope the guy that removes it does so in such a fashion that it can be used again. If you dont know what you are doing you can cut up a $1000.00 used fender. Yes, I said one thousand dollars. That makes saving this one a little more cost effective once you figure the hours it takes to remove and replace a welded on fender. While I was wrestling with the left one, Paul was working on the right one. He started by blocking out the slick sand to expose the dents. The ones that were too deep to block out with slick sand were filled. As you can see this side was in much better shape than the left. Just a couple of dents on the right side. Cole was working on the left quarter that was started on last week. He finished blocking out the body work that was there from Friday and also applied the final layer of filler in this are except for a small high spot that we will take care of tomorrow. We also prepped some old welds for epoxy and seam sealer. A few good hours spent on this car these past few days and it really shows. We have a couple of smaller jobs to do tomorrow and Thursday but plan on getting back on this one Friday.

Back in the saddle

DSCF9591DSCF9592DSCF9593DSCF9594DSCF9595DSCF9586DSCF9587DSCF9588DSCF9589DSCF9590Today was dedicated to the Ghia. We had some lose ends first thing this morning to tie up on another job that was picking up today, but after that, we were all in on the Ghia. We started by applying the Metal ready product to our welds to ensure great adhesion and a water tight seal. Its personal preference really, but we dont like putting body filler over areas that have been welded. We use Metal Ready for the initial fill, then body filler if needed to smooth the rest up. Thats what you will be seeing here. We did find an area on each door that needed a small patch. One picture show the bad cut out. Not sure why the car rusted here but they were both the same way. As you can see we did get one side cut out and even welded in but my camera died before I could get that picture, so you will see that on Monday. We also applied some body filler to finish straightening out the high and low spots on both doors and was able to get that blocked out and looking nice.  We did make great progress on these today and it should continue next week.

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