Love the E28 and the M5 without the kit and just the original chrome bumpers is the original Q car. All the places with grot are the same that afflict the E30 sadly. Are the rear inner arches fruity too?
First prize goes to Les509, it has indeed had a complete rear quarter, and a back panel, but interestingly enough, there does not seem to be any damage to the boot floor, so it must have been above or below that
An hour last night saw the strip down start and a tentative prod with a screwdriver
I got a bit more done today, but need to go through the photos later, as my Tea Awaits
That's the trouble with a 'quick fix' bodyshop (Main Dealers are the worst for this!) compared to a sympathetic repairer like yourself Tony - we wouldn't dream of fitting a new panel without making sure it was properly protected first - a little bit of pride in workmanship and none of this work would probably be necessary now
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Les509 - Its a pet hate of mine, I hate to see cars which are 4 or 5 years old, with rust creeping around from wheel arches or bumpers, you just know that it had a wing on when it was nearly new, and the inside was never treated, I think its made worse these days by all the plastic liners on the inside, it seems to be a good excuse just to leave it
Well got into the garage for a few hours today
Decided to cut off the lower corner from the replacement rear quarter, I wanted to see what it was really like inside, and also it should make fitting the rear panel a bit easier
If definitely had to come off, its almost rotten all the way through
It also exposed some ripples and rust to the spare wheel well, guess this is from the accident, which is good in a way, as it means it was nothing serious, so ground it down
and treated it with my favourite rust converter
also did this bit on the back of the wheel well, its normal for them to rust here, as the stonechip coating that they spray on rarely gets to this bit
Could not use the Bilt Hamber stuff on the boot floor flange as you cannot weld through it, so decided to try this stuff from Hammerite, it looks like Swarfega
Its says leave for 3 hours, but it has made no difference in that time, so will leave it over night and see what happens
Next was to prep the inside of the rear panel, the best way to do this is to use a bit of red Scotchbrite, this scours the surface in preparation for the primer, much better for getting into awkward shapes than a bit of wet and dry
so once thats all keyed
it gets a coat of etch primer
and then some Zinc Rich Primer to the exposed underside bit, it will get stonechipped and undersealed once its on, but it makes sense to get as much prep done as possible while its easy to get to
While that was drying I turned my attention to the Rear bumper, the more observant among you will have noticed that it had a dent in the middle, Brian has already bought some replacement sections, so we need to strip the rubber trim off.
As always happens with these, the stud that holds the end of the rubber on, snapped when it was turned
But no problem, this has happened to me so many times before, I have perfected a repair
Drill a small hole through the centre, and run an M4 tap through it
Then this allows a small Machine screw to be fitted instead, job sorted
Brilliant work! I'm a fan of the bilt hamber products, have you tried their rust removing gel? I've found it works better than the rest. Also very interested in that copper block technique, I'd heard about it but never seen the 'process'. One other thing, your garage looks nice too! A clean, tidy and well lit workspace, just perfect.
Well, this is about the only bit of advice I can offer to a man with such amazing skills, but you can usually undo those rubber bumper trim pieces without breaking the stud if you show the nut the gas axe first. You normally get a little localised melting of the rubber around the stud on the inside, but if you're careful it's pretty minor and not visible on the outside.
It doesn't always work, and it's easier with two of you, but with the help of a gas axe wielding mate, I've stripped lots of e28 bumpers without breaking many of those studs off.