Adjusting Final Fit: Car Restoration Tips

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Learn how to adjust final fit when doing body work and restoring a car in this free DIY car-restoration video from our expert mechanic and body shop owner.

Part of the Video Series: Classic Car Restoration: Body Work
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The next thing that is happening is that Alex is going to take the piece that he has roughed out a template of. Then he is going to do the final fit and finish of it. He would form the curves, he would trim the edges, make the compound angle where the fender lip comes around and get the piece so it fits in there perfectly. The work that we are doing to the quarter panel will slightly restore the quarter panel. It is a manufacture piece at one time and when we cut the rusted out part of it, it would actually relieve a little bit of stress. Plus the fact that our cutting on it provides a new stress to it so the original panel would be a little bit warp. The piece that we are putting in there is a little bit warp. It is going to take some good hammering and heat work to get everything flat there again in order so the piece looks as good as possible when it is finish.

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