Real quick summary for anyone that follows the build, front and back ends complete. LH side focus and mostly complete, here’s a summary:
1. Sill welding at the rear finished inner and outer.
2. Bottom of shut pillar repaired, B pillar repaired
3. Quarter panel repair tacked in place ready for final weldng
Okay so those that have followed the build know I have struggled with colour choice. The P1800 was born dark grey from the factory, then painted yellow on delivery in the 60s. So typical of those hippies and also similar to the weird colours the karmann was coming out with.
It was then painted red in the seventies and has remained that way for a long time. I bought it red but now I’m thinking changing it to almost original with a touch of metallic class. See the example and let me know. Red Grey or Yellow (no not really just the first two)
This picture is from the awesome and helpful Classic Car Garage guys.
The super Older Cars team have been hard at the finishing touches to the body, and after three years she has a bum and a face lift. Actually more like full reconstruction. The beaver panel was sourced from VP Autoparts in Sweden however the entire rear end was out as much as 20mm for panel fit and height. The front has had two serious crashes and was out by more. Now the panel fit is millimetre perfect. Some air inlet welds and finishing to the light surrounds will see her ready for some primer :)
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The rear was shot, a combination of serious rust and bodgy bog and paint meant we couldn’t save the rear. The beaver tail section from the trunk lid down and from the middle of each tail light was completely cut away.
Outer section came from the vp-autoparts.se crew and the inner was fabricated by Dennis and the Older Cars crew.
The fuel filler and complete surround was shot. This is a notorious problem area and nothing was salvageable. Dennis fabricated a whole new section and its perfect. Added a threaded brass cap that sits under the cleaned and primed filler flap to ensure that no water can enter the fuel tank.
My volvo looked good but this was due to bog and some sketchy panel work. The entire rear end is being replaced and the outer rear comes from http://www.vpautoparts.se but this piece was entirely fabricated by hand by the skilled Older Cars crew. Last piece of rust!
Photo of original rear inner brace and hand fabricated replacement.