Jet Green Awesome-ness

Updated: Nov 20, 2021



Metal finishing car parts is the best process for restoring old cars, but there are times when metal work can't be done because the body parts are mangled. Resto-ing becomes more of a challenge when replacement parts aren't available and you have to repair the damaged body part. The job is then straightening, if you can, patching and sometimes making new parts. I avoid bondo work like the plague where metal is concerned. I'm presently working on a 64 Daytona convertible that was lightly wrecked. The body gaps are bad: the hood hits both fenders, it was not completely assembled when it came into the shop.

The lower front half of the front fender was rolled under, creating a diagonal crease in the metal. Removed the crease with dolly and hammer while applying straightening pressure to the rolled under section. This pulled the bent area out into shape. Then I did metal filing to highlight the high and low spots in the worked fender, followed by more hammer and dolly work. Sometimes, I have to apply heat combined with dolly work to shrink the metal back to the original body contours. The work area is then DA-ed, filed again to be sure I've straightened all of the metal waves and wobbles. Another DA is done and if everything looks good - the metal is primed. The entire front clip of the car with door blending will be done - painted back to it's original Stude color of Jet Green.

This fender will also have the inner fender replaced due to a rusted out battery tray and other resto work will take place. More info to come about this nice Daytona - a rare car. Only 702 (or 703) of this model were made...this was the last year Studebaker convertibles were built at South Bend.



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