13.2 Repair of Mazda Miata rear wheelarch and wheelhouse, continuation

After the work with modification of the new panel it was painted in the same way as the wheelhouse, Image 1. Note that the shape of panel has been modified, the B-post area is removed and the size is reduced. The intention is to keep the repair area as small as possible by removing surplus material.

Image 1 The new wheelarch is prepared for welding to the body.

The rear end of the sill, where the sill and the new panel meet, was also cleaned up and painted, Image 2. Note the marker pen line made along the edge of the trimmed panel.

Image 2 Even the body need some preparation.

With all preparations made the panel was carefully welded to the body, Image 3. The distances between the welding dots are approximately 2-3 inches. Along the wheelarch and the sill the panel was held in place with help of welding clamps.

Image 3 The new panel is now a part of the car.

The welding method used around the periphery of the panel is thoroughly described in the book. Here is only the use of the air saw to cut along the edges of the panel demonstrated, Image 4. It is important to grind down the dots as much as possible, one by one, before sawing. The surface of MAG-welding dots are very hard and will rapidly ruin the saw blade. When the sawing is completed a sheet metal strip can be fished out from the boot, Image 5.

Image4 Cutting with the air saw along the edge of the new panel.
Image 5 Fishing out the sheet metal strip from the trunk.

If the work is carefully executed only a thin layer of lead is necessary to satisfy the painter, Image 6. In the last picture, Image 7, the car is ready for delivery to the paint shop.

Image 6 The vertical area along the B-post is lead filled.
Image 7 Ready for painting.

Panel Beating Doctor Bengt Blad

At this point in my life when I was about three quarters through the medical schooI I discovered the English wheel and the Eckold machine, and, one thing leading to another - no more time for med school.

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This book, with around 1,500 pages of reader-friendly text and about as many illustrations, is a summary of 40 years of working with vintage, collectors' and racing cars.