Mar 22, 2011 update to the BMW 2002tii project car

Junk in Our Trunk, Part 2

The replacement BMW trunk panel from Bavarian Autosport fit pretty well. That's impressive considering how bent up the previous floor and our quarter panels were from accident damage.
The tail panel is a used piece that appears to be quite straight. It will only require a little bit of putty work around the joints.
This is our new Eastwood welder. We're thoroughly impressed with this inexpensive ($299) unit.

After cutting off the tail and trunk floor of our BMW 2002tii, we spent some time cleaning up the surrounding metal and preparing it to accept new pieces. We tack welded the trunk on first, then the tail panel. We had to straighten both panels as well as the quarter panels to make sure everything lined up well.

Now that each panel is loosely attached, we need to go back and more thoroughly stitch weld the panels together. That’s a project for another day.

We were a little bummed earlier this week. Our old Daytona MIG 140 gave up the ghost after 20 years of service, and we had a hard time tracking down replacement parts. So, we got a new MIG 135 from Eastwood to take its place. It was ready to go right out of the box, and it’s obviously a better welder—it really allows us to lay down a nice bead, even in less-than-optimal conditions. This should really speed up the restoration process and make the end result even better.

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