Malibu Monday: Re-Skinning the Rear Quarters

Over the past few episodes, the crew of The Build have been tending to some damage on the quarter panels of their classic 1965 Malibu SS. And while they’ve certainly put a lot of time and effort into their projects, the group realized that due to the level of damage in the area, that re-skinning the quarters would actually be a better option than tackling all the rust and dent issues.

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Luckily, with American Modern funding the whole project, this wasn’t an issue and the crew was able to move forward- creating much cleaner rear quarters for their classic build. Check out the process in this week’s episode above!

This week, claims adjusters and noted car guys Paul Naber and Rick Hardbarger joined the build process as they were entrusted with re-skinning the rear quarters.

But there’s more involved in this process than just pulling the rear quarters and putting new ones on.

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After measuring and marking the old quarters for removal, the new skins were also measured and marked, leaving plenty of room for the new skin to overlap the areas to be removed on each side of the Malibu’s sheet metal. The old quarters were then cut accordingly and removed.

With the new skins cut to fit, they were mounted to the rear quarters and clamped in place to make sure a proper fit was met. The skins were then screwed into place and tack welded.Once enough of the skins were welded in place, the screws were removed and welds filled in the screw holds.

With the skins welded into place, its now on to grinding down the welds and smoothing out the seams for body filler. The result will be expertly constructed quarters without the hassle of more patch panels or body work.

Be sure to check back next week as work on the 1965 Malibu SS continues.

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About the author

Lindsey Fisher

Lindsey is a freelance writer and lover of anything with a rumble. Hot rods, muscle cars, motorcycles - she's owned and driven it all. When she's not busy writing about them, she's out in her garage wrenching away. Who doesn't love a tech-savy gal that knows her way around a garage?
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