GRIND!!!! Then weld. Then GRIND! Careful about warpage. Clamp the skin to the shell before welding - the two will spread apart. Ask me how I know... Regardless, anticipate bondo. [NOTE: I just added bondo to my spell check dictionary.]
Work and life have been getting in the way, but hoping to crank on this thing to get it to the body shop soon.
Still in the process of stripping the remaining original sheetmetal. Inner fenders and hood will need to wait until I finish what I'm working on (passenger fender, passenger door, deck lid, and filler) to make enough room in my booth. Back primed the passenger fender with gloss POR15. Fender is ready for primer. Shaved stock side marker turned out nice after a little metalworking, and I was able to get most of the wrinkles out of the nose below the headlight opening - these had to be manufacturing defects as there is no damage anywhere near there, and my original drivers fender is the same way. I've gone ahead with my plan to add side markers to the rear portion of the fenders. I used my wife's BMW to make a template, and got some sequential LED ebay specials. I'm happy with how it came out. Wiring will be a bit of a challenge given that it sits in between where the cowl sticks out and the inner structure of the fender, rendering the backside pretty much inaccessible...
Thanks J. It's getting hard to get motivated, being so close to the next big step. Car is under a tarp so I can't easily look at it, and don't really want to since I took the wheels off in favor of the crappy rollers. And if it's not obvious, this stripping work is super tedious. You spend most of a day working, arms and hands sore, and you've barely got anything to show for it. Just gotta keep that head down!
European cars have had fender side markers for years. They broadcast turn signals to surrounding cars from near the middle of the side of the car, making it easier for people to see the indicator - think about how hard it can be to see someone's turn signal when you're right beside them, and their indicators are only at the ends of the car. I'd always planned to shave the stock side markers and install these instead. I popped the side maker out of my wife's 2009 BMW 328 convertible (aka E93), used some paper to "smudge" the outline of the hole to make a template, and transferred it onto the fender, cutting it with my air saw and a dremmel. The stock BMW side markers have a clear lens and require a particular bulb and socket, so I checked ebay. I found some similar clear ones, but thought that these might be cooler. I will need to tinker with the wiring. These are not capable of lighting up like the stock markers do - as a "parking" lamp when the lights are on and also flashing with turn signals. I did see one like the one I got that does do that, but the "parking" light is a bright, blue-white LED - not what I'm looking for. And all of my other lights will be LEDs, and I think having all-LEDs will make finding the right flashers easier.
what you use on inner part of fender? POR? Epoxy? Ive been going back and forth on whether or not to do this. The "lazy" side of me just says leave it alone, but the "your ganna regret not doing something about it" side of me says to prep/paint