Dogleg repair

Discussion in 'Color is everything!' started by 73BuickEstate, Jul 28, 2020.

  1. 73BuickEstate

    73BuickEstate Member

    I have an original '73 Buick Estate wagon. It is a driver in good condition. The only rust problem is the dogleg on both sides of car. It is rotted all the way through. I imagine if I hit this area with a hammer, it would be much larger than I think. Does anybody make prefabricated parts for this area? If not, what is the proper way to fix it?
     

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  2. 12lives

    12lives Engage! - Jean-Luc Picard

    I do not believe so and I don't think the earlier years would work. Best bet is to find a pair of good fenders and replace them. Keep in mind that the areas behind the dogleg are likely bad too - the floor areas in the corner, etc.
     
  3. 436'd Skylark

    436'd Skylark Sweet Fancy Moses!!!!!

    There was a set of 73 fenders on the NH craigslist. Listed as 73 electric fenders.. they were rust free and looked nice.
     
  4. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    Are you referring to the front fenders or the quarters just behind the back doors?
     
  5. 73BuickEstate

    73BuickEstate Member

    The rear, right behind the back door. I will take a few pictures....
     
  6. 12lives

    12lives Engage! - Jean-Luc Picard

    Oh - I was thinking front. Good catch Adam!
     
  7. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

    Just use metal and cut to fit or find a donor and cut the section needed out
     
  8. 73BuickEstate

    73BuickEstate Member

    Okay here are a few pics. Driver's side is the worst...not as bad on the passenger side. Car is clean except for these 2 areas. I have to cut this entire area out? Has anybody done this? Then fabricate the entire area?
     

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  9. newmexguy

    newmexguy Well-Known Member

    Any other division's wagon should be the same in that area. BOPC. Pretty much everything behind the firewall is the same. Doors and rear Quarter sheet metal likely had divisional cues and are probably slightly different. Tailgates ('72-'76) and most glass - same. I did (past tense) have access to a '74 Chev full size wagon for a spell, but it is crushed now. Had derby people going ga-ga over it, but once it's in the yard, its not coming out whole. Did sell most of front clip - yep to derby people.
     

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  10. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

    That's a simple little place ...cut out the cancer,..por 15 the under structure,...do the piece that faces the door first then roll the other in to match the contour,..OR,....blast the area,..epoxy the area,..use Dynaglass,..or similar and smooth it out and spot the area in,...it will last many years especially if kept inside
     
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