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here are some pics of some of the stuff i been doing to the hatch of my 93 Escort GT i am working on. the hatch was bought at a junkyard for $80. and found out there is new glass in it :-D . the pics arent that great as they were taking with a webcam. brief description above each picture:

1. underside of hatch-removed all of interior plastic components off to get ready for body work and to mount wing.


2. top part of hatch-had some dents to repair so i sanded down and bond-oed and sanded it down smooth. i gotta primer over it soon as there is some bare metal showing.


3. bottom part of hatch-fixed a slight dent, removed the Ford emblem and bond-oed over the dent area that i fixed and sanded it down smooth. again i gotta primer it down soon as there is some metal showing.


4. touring wing-not a good pic but it was only way i could take it..hehe. sanded it down and fixed a small area. it used to be/still is green. paid $100 for it from a buddy of mine that owns an Acura. did a dry fit and it fits just fine on the Escort . the mounting posts of the wing are sitting on the right side. got all new stainless steel hardware for it. gotta sand it down smooth with fine grit sandpaper and primer then mount it to hatch


all work has been done by me and in my living room..LOL. its the only place i have to do it since i dont have a garage and its too cold out. now i just gotta figure out a warm place where i could primer everything at and put on the car. i also have a "new" hood waiting to get the windshield squirters shaved on it. that too has had everything removed and ready for the holes to be welded shut. i also got a small dent to pull out and then it will be ready for the Escort.

sorry for the lousy pics but i figured its a start so i can show you all my progress. hope you all enjoy. feed back is welcome.
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"new hood" is from the junkyard that i also paid $80 for :-D

yeah i got some bondo dust in my living room but its nothing that a little vacuuming and Pledge cant take care ;-)
 

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Yeah when I went over to his place I was buzzin within about 5 minutes. lol :-] and he lives with it all day and night. I don´t think I could sleep with that smell in my place heh ;-)
 

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I´m interested in doing body work on my GT when the weather gets above 10 kelvin, so could you guyses possibly throw me a bone and tell me what it takes to get dings and dents out of the body of a car?

What is this bondo stuff? Is it filler? How do you re-paint something you´ve fixed and make it look the same color and gloss as existing paint on the car?
 

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LOL....yeah breathing that shit makes you feel higher than a giraffe´s ass...LOL
 

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What is this bondo stuff?
It´s a filler that comes in cream form, you have to put a cream hardener into and then use a squeegie to smooth it out over the dent. Brian said a little tub of Bondo costs about 5 to 10 bucks with the hardener and a squeegie or two.

Is it filler?
Yes :p

How do you re-paint something you´ve fixed and make it look the same color and gloss as existing paint on the car?
Bondo it, sand a lot. Primer it, sand a lot. Paint it like you would normally. viola! Yes I do know what I´m talking about. I got an A when me and a partner bondo´d, primered and painted the entire drivers side of a Ford Bronco and the door jam in High School. That was FUN
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Okay, my EGT body is in pretty good condition on the whole, but if you look down the side of the car you can see some "wavy" action happnin in the panels. It´s nothing big, but it´s unsightly and I want to make it smooth and glossy for as little $$$ as possible.

What are all the steps from start to finish for the following scenearioes:

1. Body isn´t dented, but there is an area of rust
2. Body is dented, but there is no rust
3. Body is dented and rusted
4. Body has been rusted completely through

thanks doods. I´ll put up the pics of my new intake when I´m done. Right now I´m moving the coolant resivoir down by the tranny.
 

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1. Body isn´t dented, but there is an area of rust
2. Body is dented, but there is no rust
3. Body is dented and rusted
4. Body has been rusted completely through

1. You´d want to find where the rust starts and grind it all down to good metal, try to find a piece of sheet metal or something, spot weld it on, bondo, sand, primer, sand, paint.
2. Wherever it´s dented, see if you can pull the dent out first...but if the metal is "creased" in the dent rust may start to form. When you pull the dent you´ll want to check it over and if necessary: grind out the creased spot, bondo, sand, primer, sand, paint.
3. Pull the dent if you can, grind out the rust, spot weld pieces of sheet metal in if necessary, bondo, sand, primer, sand, paint.
4. Grind the rust out and go to town with new pieces of sheet metal, spot weld, bondo, sand, primer, sand, paint.

Make any sense? ;-)
 
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