RESTO CORNER WITH AMD: A-BODY FRAME REPAIR AND INNER FENDER PANEL REPLACEMENT
SOMETIMES IT’S MORE EFFICIENT TO PATCH THAN REPLACE. WHEN IT’S POSSIBLE, LEAVING MAJOR COMPONENTS IN PLACE CAN HELP AVOID MAJOR MISTAKES.
Sometimes it’s more efficient to patch than replace. When it’s possible, leaving major components in place can help avoid major mistakes.
Restoration is supposed to be about returning something to new or like-new condition. It can be done in varying degrees, depending on the level of perfection desired, but with some muscle cars it can seem less like a restoration and more like a rebuild.
Muscle Car Restorations in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, has seen the full spectrum of restorations from little to no rust to needing to rebuild the entire car around the roof and firewall. Fortunately, Auto Metal Direct has the parts needed to save classic Mopar muscle in even the worst condition.
Still, if more of the original car can be saved there’s less chance for any of the sheetmetal parts to end up out of place. This is especially true for the framerails, since they’re one of the major foundational components and so many other parts reference off of them.
A case can also be made for simply wanting to save as much of the original car as is reasonably possible. And if you are a DIYER without a frame rack, the less invasive you can be during your restoration process, the greater your chance of complete success.
MCR often finds that repair can be more time and cost effective than automatically going the replacement route. Repair means the part stays in its original location and usually a lot of other parts can remain undisturbed as well.
With the front framerail and inner fender on this ’72 Demon, MCR decided to repair the rust damage on the frame while they replaced the inner fender with a new AMD panel. The reason for doing these two at the same time will become apparent in a moment, but it comes down to always having a plan to maintain enough reference points to positively locate each part back to its precise original location.