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Repairing the Inner Fender Apron

I put the radiator in to test fit, and found that the battery is in the way. So I got the parts to move the battery to the trunk.
I put the radiator in to test fit, and found that the battery is in the way. So I got the parts to move the battery to the trunk.
I removed the battery tray, and found yet another rusted throug spot! The only way to properly repair this is to remove the whole panel and replace it. Luckily, these panels are easily obtained.
I removed the battery tray, and found yet another rusted throug spot! The only way to properly repair this is to remove the whole panel and replace it. Luckily, these panels are easily obtained.
To get access to remove the panel, i had to break down the whole front and side of the car. Took less than an hour.
To get access to remove the panel, i had to break down the whole front and side of the car. Took less than an hour.
Panel mostly removed, looking from the right side of the car towards the front.
Panel mostly removed, looking from the right side of the car towards the front.
I'm cutting the panel away with a die grinder. That is a sweet tool.
I'm cutting the panel away with a die grinder. That is a sweet tool.
inner fender apron - IMG_7071.jpg
inner fender apron - IMG_7071.jpg
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inner fender apron - IMG_7073.jpg
test placement of the new panel
test placement of the new panel
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inner fender apron - IMG_7080.JPG
Clecos are such good friends in this kind of work
Clecos are such good friends in this kind of work
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inner fender apron - IMG_7083.JPG
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inner fender apron - IMG_7085.JPG
Rosette welds every inch or so - stronger than the old spot welds
Rosette welds every inch or so - stronger than the old spot welds
The new panel didn't come with this fender mount bracket, so I took it off the old panel and welded it on.
The new panel didn't come with this fender mount bracket, so I took it off the old panel and welded it on.
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inner fender apron - IMG_7088.JPG
I ground the welds down to make them smooth.
I ground the welds down to make them smooth.
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inner fender apron - IMG_7090.JPG
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inner fender apron - IMG_7091.JPG
Looking good painted and the radiator fits great
Looking good painted and the radiator fits great
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inner fender apron - IMG_7082.JPG


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