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Old 01-21-2013, 11:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So after painting my car last year it looked AWESOME! Then I moved to Florida where the 90000 degree sun bake it and the paint on the roof popped... Learned a lesson about humidity while painting... Anyhow, I decided to take it to a local shop that has an awesome rep in the Harley world for great custom paintwork. I saw some of there car stuff and he's had a few cars in magazines so I felt good about taking it there....

Well today I go to check on it and it is looking good right up to the point where he says "well we had to weld the fender to the frame at the bottom..." WAIT WHAT Yeah now I'm worried about it overall. My general thought is if I catch you half assing one area, you probably half *** all of them.... I mean, how hard is it to replace the captive nut (rhetorical, i've replaced them a few times...) Not sure now and a lil' worried about my car overall!!
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Old 01-21-2013, 11:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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And I'm hoping you made them redo it the right way?
One thing I learned after 11 years in the body business, sometimes the guys that can do the awesome paint jobs don't know crap about bodywork. I knew a guy 30 years ago that had a '69 Sports roof and took it to a custom paint shop and had an incredible black paint job with flames.
But when you opened the door, it dropped about 2 or 3 inches due to worn out hinges. Really?! That king of money for paint and they couldn't replace the hinges!
Within two weeks, all the paint was chipped off on the door, fender and quarter panel edges.
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Old 01-22-2013, 06:46 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I saw some of there car stuff and he's had a few cars in magazines so I felt good about taking it there....
Coddington did a 65 FB on TV once. Looks good in photos. The work was, at best, second-rate.
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Well today I go to check on it and it is looking good right up to the point where he says "well we had to weld the fender to the frame at the bottom..."
Not a Mustang guy. Doesn't know the special fastener is available.
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:24 AM   #4 (permalink)
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That sucks- hate to hear you have to repaint the car. I think if its just a respray- I would give the shop the guideline: I understand you will need to sand, bondo, prime and paint. If you feel the need to use a welder, plas cutter, (insert other tool here) you need to call me first. Welding a fender on really would scare me (might have to step up your "visits" to the shop to inspect the work) None of which would I call ahead- all would be unscheduled "oh I think I left my cell/keys/stethascope etc in the car"
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I could kinda see they didn't know the nut was available- but dang- weld a regular nut up there. Noone would think a proper repair is welding a fender on (well ok maybe there are people like that- we have saved to many stupid people and its now affecting the gene pool)
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Thats just lazy. I would probably be furious if a shop did that to me. You expect a certain level of skill and professionalism when you're paying for bodywork....
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Did they use JB Weld?
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Thats just lazy. I would probably be furious if a shop did that to me. You expect a certain level of skill and professionalism when you're paying for bodywork....
Agreed, they should have asked before welding a fender on.
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Sorry to hear about your paint! They absolutely should have asked about welding on a body panel. The guy who did my bodywork / paint gets weld-happy too (read: anything that is more or less permanent and can be welded, will be welded) but would never make something permanently affixed if it's supposed to be removable. What if you needed to pull the fender one day to do some extra work or something?

Definitely keep an eye on them. Good luck!
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I can understand not knowing about the captive nut but surely they can see the rest of the fender is bolted on?! Why do they think welding and bolting on go together on a panel??
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At the VERY least, hopefully they made sure everything was lined up properly before welding the fender. Otherwise it would just be adding salt to the wound....
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I think I would also put a wrecker service on speed-dial- worst case scenario- they continue with dubious repair- you drop by and see that-get it on a rollback and out of there
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Yah the alignment looked good right up until they told me they tacked it up there... Mosy of what I've seen i've liked so far but that is a pretty big "WTF!??" moment...
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