It’s Friday, which means it’s Cruise-In Friday. Lately, we’ve not had much luck with the weather, but today is a different story! The sun is shining, and it looks like we may have a slight chance for a bit of rain, but not for long. So, we hope to see some of you tonight at Park Street! Click here for all of the details.
We’ve been good and busy here at the shop, namely working on a sweet 1988 325i cabrio, which is coming along quite nicely. For a look at all the bodywork that’s been done so far, click here. Meanwhile, I’m going to highlight some of my favorite parts of this project so far. As you may recall, last week we outlined the work to be done. For a recap, click here. Now on to the fun stuff!
This is the original antenna on the convertible. Reggie was pretty excited about shaving this thing. Now let’s see how he did it!
He removed the antenna mast and motor:
Next he used the grinder to remove the paint around the hole to prep it before a patch could be welded in place:
Here’s the result:
He then used a file to remove paint that was inside around the edges to get a clean surface:
Then it was time to configure a patch to fill in the hole:
Back to the grinder to cut out the patch:
Reggie lined up the patch and used this handy magnetic tool to hold it in place while he did a few tack welds:
This next image is one of my favorite photos of Reggie in action as he welds the patch in place:
Next, he used the grinder to smooth it out:
Voila! This area will be ready to prep for paint after a little work with the hammer and dolly and some body filler!
Don’t forget to check out the rest of our photo gallery. We’ll be adding more photos as the project continues!
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Have a great weekend!