May­fair af­fair

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This 1958 Dodge May­fair was ini­tially sent to the team at R3 Fab­ri­ca­tions in Pa­pakura for some restora­tion work, mainly on the lower sec­tions of the body.

The lower sills and in­ner sills were rid­dled with old patch­work and heavy rust that ne­ces­si­tated re­plac­ing them. In ad­di­tion, the floor sec­tions and un­der body brack­ets were also suf­fer­ing from heavy rust, so the ex­te­rior paint was com­pletely stripped to see just how bad the body ac­tu­ally was. Luck­ily, it ap­peared to be fairly good around the roof and pil­lar ar­eas, which were in solid con­di­tion.

With the help of some good re­place­ment pan­els that were sup­plied by the owner, and a NOS rear panel, quar­ter panel, plus sill pan­els sourced from USA, work was able to com­mence on the restora­tion. All the floor sec­tions were hand-fab­ri­cated by R3 Fab­ri­ca­tions us­ing tra­di­tional ham­mer forms and swag­ing tech­niques. With help from its new Caro­liner spot welder, all floor sec­tions were welded to­gether to main­tain a fac­tory ap­pear­ance, and strength was eas­ily achieved. The boot floor has also been re­moved, acid dipped, and re­paired.

Judg­ing by these pho­to­graphs, there’s still plenty of work ahead for the team at R3 Fab­ri­ca­tions, how­ever, they are con­fi­dent that the owner will be cruis­ing the streets at next year’s Beach Hop event.

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