Tag Archives: autobody

  • Quick Tip- Setting Panel Gaps

    Panel Gaps can make or break your impression of a car at a show. No matter how beautiful the paint is, if the panels don't have a good fit and finish the overall appearance of the vehicle will be hurt. There are a couple quick ways we've found to accurately measure and set up your panel gaps. Below are our two favorites that are virtually free!  Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • Hands on Cars Episode 11- How to lay filler and set body panel gaps

    In this episode of Hands on Cars, Kevin calls up a bunch of his buddies to help finish the body work on the 1978 Chevy Camaro Z28 Zed Sled. Unlike your knucklehead friends, Kevin’s friends just happen to be a who’s who of show car paint, body, engine and fabrication guys from around the country. With all of them pitching in together, they get weeks work worth of body work done in just a day. Once the body panels are all straight, and the panel gaps are perfect Kevin shoots the whole car in Eastwood Contour high build polyester primer/surfacer. Kevin also visits Wheels in Motion, a restoration shop shop in a converted car dealership from the 1930s. There he takes a ride in a low mile, unrestored, 1959 Chevy Impala that was originally bought at the site new by the original owner.   Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • Step up your Hammer Game! Using Intermediate Body hammers and Dollies

    Back when cars were made of heavy metal and had lots of beautiful curves guys took the time to repair a fender rather than just replace it. Any good metal worker will tell you that you need to match the hammer and dolly as close as possible with the shape of your panel you're working on. When you're working on a curvy car like something from the late 1930's through the 1950's you will be hard pressed to find a flat panel on the vehicle. This means that you will need to use tools to match. Back in those days the selection of specialty hammers were vast, some being specifically used for one type of car or type of repair!  Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • Stop the Rust- How to Fix Rust Spots on your Car

    If you own anything made of metal there's a chance you're going to fight rust sometime in your life. If you own a car that's more than a few years old there's an even larger chance rust will creep into your life (there's a pun there). I decided to break down some common misconceptions about rust and give you a broad overview on how to fix those small rust spots on your car.  Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • Another way to Get Perfect Panel Gaps- With TC Penick

    As Kevin pointed out, trying to build up the edge of a door panel with body filler is not a durable long term solution. The trick is, to avoid parking lot door ding heartbreak, you don’t build up the panel edge, you build up the solid part of the panel it meets. TC shows us the special easy to make tools, and his special tricks on the bonnet of a classic Jaguar E type, ending up with gaps more uniform than the handmade panels ever had when they left the factory in the 1960s.  Click Here To Read Full Post...