Way back in the early
eighties a little Fiat 850 was given to me by my next door neighbor, because he
couldn’t saw himself refurbish this little rusted car. I have salvaged bikes
before and knew you had to strip your project completely before you can start
As I stripped this little car I found that the floor was all rusted with holes in it already. By taking short cut and just riveted pieces of sheet metal over it, thinking it will do the trick. The first time I drove it in the rain all the new carpets became all wet, not to talk about the squeaks and crackling noises that came from the under body while driving it.
All this happened
because I did not have the necessary automotive tools to do the job properly in
the first place. The result was I had to redo the floor repairs and replace the
My advice will be if
you plan to refurbish a car at any stage you must make sure you have the
necessary tools to do the job. Tackling the job yourself can save you a pile of
money, if you have the necessary tools before you start to strip any car down
to its metal framework for refurbishment.
The basic automotive
tools you will need to perform the metal framework repairs with.
- A basic
panel beating tool kit with hammers and panel beating dollies.
size compressor that can push up 8 bars.
angle grinder with cutting discs and grinding discs.
- A metal
fabricator tool set that contain a spreader bar set.
- Proper gas
flame or heating torch, preferably a gas welding set and torches.
- A CO-2
welder or a small inverter DC welder will do if you are a novice doing it at
Now-a-days you do get
small domestic pneumatic tools you can run from a small compressor, chisel,
drill, cutters, grinders and a lot more.
Preparations you have
to do before you can start with the metal framework repairs.
Strip the car
completely down to its metal framework and get it sand or bead blasted before
you start with any repairs.
The doors, hood,
fenders and boot lid must be removed as well.
You will only be able
to establish what the structural damages are when it comes back from the bead
blasters. After seeing the damages and
you not capable to do the job yourself source for some help, like a trained metal
Now you must start to
cut out all damaged and rusted sections and re-fabricate section to replace the
damaged ones with. While repairing the floor and boot section make sure to
inspect the chassis beams and legs, if they need attention always repair them first.
After all floor
repairs are done you must tackle the kick panels, running boards and wheel
Make sure to clean and
apply some rust repellent directly after you finished a section.
The repellent will
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