1961 Volvo P1800 project, part 22


I was looking for a smooth way to rotate and hold the body as I need to move it quite often. This is the expandable load bar I use in the truck. The rubber ends offer traction and it works like one of those domestic ratchet car jacks.



This is very premature but I just had to do a test fit. With the rocker sheet metal temporary held in place I can now see how the rear quarter panel and the front fender. Both connects to the rocker panel via an overlay. It is important that I achieve a smooth transition between the panel for the correct look.



Looks like the quarter panel fits well. Repairing rust is not exactly glorious work so these “test fit parties” are good for motivation.



The rear inner wheel wells are in excellent condition except the bottom. The fender obviously attaches to this so it has to be solid.




1. Template.


2. Make metal part look like what was there before.



3. Test fit.



4. Weld in place.

Looks good. Since this will never be seen I don’t need to grind the welds completely. Besides, the weld is stronger if not ground down.



This is the front lower part of the wheel well. Based on the weld “lump” it appears that the factory just filled this corner with weld.



There…solid corner and a lip to attach the quarter panel to.