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Metal Work Update

I 'll put some pictures here, all the rest on the following Bolg post:

- Metal work update #1 (December 2012)
- Metal work update #2 (February 2013).


First of all I have the pleasure to introduce Domenico, the man who is patching the sieve



And here is the patient:



Left side engine bay panel is made from scratch, as well as the reinforcement tube connected to the firewall:



The lower end of both pilars was completely rebuilt:




We were able to patch both jack bracket assemblies and so we saved the original welds to the longitudinal members of the chasis:




BTW the pieces that I had bought from Biondi are no longer needed, so if anyone needs them just drop me a line:


[more below]

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Metal Work Update

The rear cross member left end was horribly rusty, then the whole area has been rebuilt...





... including a little section of the spare tire floor





Finally, as you can see in the pictures above, the left sill assemly is welded in place:







Next we need to do the same job on the right side

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Looks very good Alejandro! I always enjoy seeing others restoration work.

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Impressive work.

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Good work Alejandro!

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Thanks people
Next body work update the second week of april.

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More of the same

Complete picture set @ 'Lattonatura: sottoporta destro e traverse' [April 21 Blog Post]

Right side sills completed:







On the driver side rear end cross member has been done the same job as on the left side. Some 'before' and 'after' picture:





The underseats cross member has been replaced with a new one provided by Biondi:




So we are going to weld the floors:



At this point, however, a problem has arisen: the floors seems too short and does not reach the crossmember to be welded properly, so we will be forced to add metal

This issue leaves me very puzzled. I will open a new thread to investigate if anyone here has had the same problem.

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Yearly post. Metal work update (almost done)

1) Floors [More pictures here]

They are welded in place:

As said, a strip of metal has been added to reach the proper dimensions:


2) Outer sills and Fenders

Passenger side done:

Driver side done:

Doors are next...

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3) Doors [more pictures HERE]

No patches: the entire skin has been replaced on both doors




Every little bit built from scratch:

Next are wheel arches...

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4) Wheel arches [more pictures HERE]

Both wheel arches were built from scratch:



Welds without scars for those fender lips


Next is trunk floor...

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5) Trunk floor [more pictures HERE and HERE]

Also the Trunk floor were built from scratch


Done then Primered:

Then the lower skin


Next is Nose panel...

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6) Nose panel (work in progress) [More pictures Here]

I had bought a front panel but Domenico was not pleased, so he starts building another one:



it fits as a glove




Just called my metal man: The nose is done and ready for welding.
More Pictures in mid-May

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Hi Alejandro, Bravo! Great work. Funny, my body guy was not happy with most of the panels I bought! We used most, but some He would not!

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Hi Todd,
that was the short version. Frankly speaking I bought a nose panel just to save time, but my metal man measured it, disapproved it, trashed it. Then we sent the correct measures to the producer, who, very professionally, made ​​another one according to our directions and sent it directly to the workshop for free.

But in the meantime Domenico had begun to build his own front panel, so when the new front panel has arrived, the Domenico's nose was almost done. I have then 2 nose panels. Of course I will use the one built from scratch by my metal man.

And yes, the same happened to me: of all the panels I had bought, we used only two: floors and under seats crossmember, and both have needed to be fixed before welding in place

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Wonderful work! It would be nice to see some of the knowledge transferred to the people who are selling replacement panels commercially, to help them improve their product. I'm impressed with the wire form for the rear wheel arch, too!

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