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Post by Brucky » Tue May 22, 2018 7:20 pm

Looks like something took a bite out of the wing, is the location particularly difficult to repair, or is the hole located in a straightforward spot. All advice appreciated.



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Post by manny » Tue May 22, 2018 7:29 pm

errr.pictures would help :D or size of animal??


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Post by Brucky » Tue May 22, 2018 7:39 pm

Sorry, small shark, but that a fish.
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Post by Joe. » Tue May 22, 2018 8:35 pm

Ran over an animal?

To repair the rear of the wheelarch I would camp some thin steel to the return lip of arch and then to fill in the gap with a peice of thick card wrapped in plastic make sure you get something solid wedged behind it so it cant move. This should give you something the correct shape to lay up against. You'll obviously need to sand down the surrounding paintwork to get a good bond. The only delicate area is going to be the swage line and taking care working next to that to ensure that looks ok at the end.

Theres a bit more damage going on at the bottom of the wheel arch, hard to say exactly how I'd do that without more pictures but the same principlal applies you need to lay up against something solid to get the shape right. I would expect to need 3 hits of resin / fibreglass with a flatting back / prep session between each.

I'd break those hits down:

1: lay up from the outside against your former,
2: Lay up from inside the wheelarch to build up the strength,
3: Lay up where needed to correct any low points and bond everything together.

If you had the broken off bits it would make the repair easier as you don't have to create as much surface area from scratch and you can screw them back into position with steel tabs, and then lay up from one side then the other potentially eliminating a stage or work.

In all I recon you car should be 1 days work to fix the fibreglass for someone competent and another 1 day to fare and paint, though this would probably be spread over a longer timeframe to allow for going off time.

If your thinking of doing the work yourself have a look at some of the build threads on the forum theres quite a few tips on here about how to get decent results. Theres a few in my 5a build thread for example: viewtopic.php?t=5676&start=330#p443031

Its dirty messy and can be time consuming but not particularly difficult.

Good luck with it!

Joe



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Post by scimjim » Tue May 22, 2018 9:04 pm

I wonder if Mr Crosby has part of an arch left over that could make an insert section?


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Post by Brucky » Thu May 24, 2018 2:39 pm

Hi Joe and the other members that gave me advice. I asked the previous owner if he had the broken bits and he had a look in his shed & he did :) . Two complete bits that fit the arch perfectly, which will greatly assist with the repair. Thanks for all your advice.



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Post by AllingtonGT » Thu May 24, 2018 3:50 pm

That damage looks like mine did when the wheel fell off after a rolling road and corner weighting exercise......



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