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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 02-17-2020, 12:27 AM Thread Starter
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Help with Body work.

I won't claim to be great at body work but I did a decent job on an old jeep I had years ago. Tonight I discovered something on my old 1964 F350 that has me puzzled. I found a bubble on my fender and like usual it was 10 times bigger once I remove the paint. What I was surprized to find was a lot of body fill that seems excessively thick for no reason. My plan was to cut out the bad spot, weld in new steel and go through the regular process of body work. However I discover that about 5/32 worth of fill was on the fender. I sanded a few test spots and it is consistant from top to bottom. I cannot imagine why. Other than a small bubble the fender appeared to be in excellent shape. I have found no other signs on the fender inside or out to lead me to believe that there is any additional damage. I can't imagine anyone feathering it out to that extent.

I still plan on cutting out the rotted metal and welding in a patch.

For the remainder should I strip down the fender, or should I feather and smooth out the fill and carry on. My concern is with the curves of the fender it may be beyond my scope to go to much deeper than planed. However assuming I find no other damage is it worth while removing the remaining filler?
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 02-17-2020, 06:12 AM
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I suspect that much feathering was compensating for more than just the fender. I would expect the door has it as well and probably the hood. Someone was likely repairing accident damage and couldn't get the body lines to match up right. I would remove the fender to determine why it rotted away in the first place. Undercoating is easier to do with it off and it may help to spot future problems. Or just replace the fender. I would think that one could be had from a Cross Canada dealer.

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