We had lots of holes to fill this week, and the lucky Bugeye shown here got some serious new skin. This is Mr Horner’s Bugeye “Billy,” here from the midwest for a new lease on life. Much new steel is needed, as you can see in the photos to follow.
In this post, you can see a number of sheet metal and fabrication pictures which will be helpful for anyone who wants to see how and where these cars can rust, and how we fix them. This car was first media blasted to completely strip and reveal a multitude of old repairs that we are now addressing. The car will live on for many generations, courtesy of the reinforcements and repairs the tubs is now receiving.
All that work was just for a small area on the car in and around the driver footwell. The next photos are all about the left rear fender, behind the left rear wheel.
The next area we repaired is the driver side rear rocker panel which also integrates with the left leaf spring box.
As you can see, this car required a humbling amount of work to repair a relatively small area of the car. If you ever wonder about the challenge of restoring a tub, these pictures are a reminder that this sort of restoration is not for everyone, and we are grateful to have the highly specialized labor available to make it happen!
We’ll post more pictures as the rest of the car comes together!