Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
8/13/13 4:59 p.m.
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Thanks to our new Woodward Fab three-in-one roller, cutter and brake, making patches is much easier than it used to be. This $600 tool works great on light-gauge sheet metal and has really made restoration go more quickly.

We used this tool to make a small patch for the inner fender well and one for the underside of the cowl on our 1967 Austin Mini Cooper S. We then cut a piece out of the Mini Mania cowl patch panel we procured, and, after spraying the underside of the cowl with Eastwood Weld-Thru Primer, we seam-welded the whole cowl area. This welding needs to be done a little at a time, so as to not build up too much heat.

From there we successfully test-fitted our new Heritage left-front fender (from Mini Mania). Voila! Everything fit together very nicely. Once we have the whole front end tacked in place and measured for proper fit, we will spot-weld everything back in place to duplicate the original process.

It was an itsy bitsy, teeny-weeny rally-winning project Mini. Subscribe to Classic Motorsports and get them in your mailbox.

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