Missing: One Power Antenna - Reggie's Motorworks

Missing: One Power Antenna

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!

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

He removed the antenna mast and motor:

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

Next he used the grinder to remove the paint around the hole to prep it before a patch could be welded in place:

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

Here’s the result:

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

He then used a file to remove paint that was inside around the edges to get a clean surface:

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

Then it was time to configure a patch to fill in the hole:

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

Back to the grinder to cut out the patch:

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

Reggie lined up the patch and used this handy magnetic tool to hold it in place while he did a few tack welds:

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

This next image is one of my favorite photos of Reggie in action as he welds the patch in place:

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

Next, he used the grinder to smooth it out:

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

Voila!  This area will be ready to prep for paint after a little work with the hammer and dolly and some body filler!

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

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!

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