A quick project

While waiting for a perfect color match for the Cooper, I took on what was going to be a quick turn around. All that was originally wanted was front fillet plates added to make the early style front end. Then he decided to replace the entire front panel. After the old panel was removed It was decided to replace the inner fender as both were toast and the radiator shroud was about to fall off.  I pointed out that the car was the wrong color and he then wanted a complete repaint and new cross-member installed.  So what started out as a week job turned into 5 weeks worth of work.  Here are some before, during, and after pictures.

Ready for pickup

The front end and A-panel have been wet sanded with 400 and painted with a color matched green.  Finished reassembling the front end trim and gave the paint a light buff to finish the blend on the existing fender.

Primed and ready for wet sanding

Finished up a little welding on the front clip, and added reinforcements to the wheel arches. On a non removable front end there is a strap between the A-panel and fender in the wheel arch to keep from flexing, I just replicated this between the fender and front panel.

Just a little bump

This race car got a little bump at a CSRG charity event. I have already pulled off the bent up front panel and fender and replaced them with Heritage body panels. Rather than stitch welding them as it was previously done I spot welded the as the factory did for greater strength.  The current A-panel was saved and fixed with a hammer and dolly and a skim of filler to a perfect repair. Now to spot prime and repaint.