Malibu Monday: Replacing Bad Metal on the ’65 Malibu SS (for 2/24)

Dealing with rust issues and other metal imperfections on a classic car is pretty common, but while there are several ways to temporarily address these issues, there is really only one proper way to fix them. This week on The Build, Rick Drewry shows us how it’s done. Check out the latest episode of The Build above.

malibu_monday_bad_metalThe 1965 Malibu SS being rebuilt by the crew at The Build has gone through a lot of work to get this far.

After ample amounts of body work, sand blasting, dis-assembly and a killer engine restoration, the American Modern crew is now down to the little details before moving forward with putting the car completely back together.

But these minor issues are nothing to scoff at as they still affect the overall composition and look of the vehicle if not taken care of properly. That’s why Drewry opted to fix the rear end rust issues the right way.

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After pinpointing the areas needing help on the rear of the Malibu, Drewry was able to cut away the rusted metal and create new pieces to weld in their place. Of course, this took a bit or planning and some finite motor skills as the rusted areas only involved a small amount of sheet metal. But with plenty of experience and the right tools, the new pieces of metal were cut and put in place in no time.

malibu_monday_bad_metal_3Once clamped into place, the new metal was trimmed up to match the existing sheet metal perfectly. Then the metal was welded into place after being sprayed with a coat of weld-through primer.

Now the only thing that’s left to do to really make the new metal flow with the rest of the car’s body is a little sanding and body filler work.

Be sure to check back next week as the crew of The Build works on more finite details of their classic ride!

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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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