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Old 05-03-2009, 11:02 AM   #1
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Wheel Well Repair & Rally Hero

As some long time forums members know, my 72 Safari, Airylle has had a number of mishaps from nearly being destroyed in a pyro stunt gone awry during the filming of Wild Hogs to several severe blow-outs of Marathons. The first blow-out happened on Airylle's maiden voyage in the Middle of Nowhere Montana. That driver's side blow-out resulted in severe damage including setting the subfloor on fire. The next blow-out happened on the way to Deadhorse 3 only about 40 miles outside of Albuquerque. That tire blew on the outside and tore up the wheel well trim.

My son (who has a metal fabrication shop) made a whole new wheel well interior for the first blow-out to replace my sheet-metal-cut-with-a-SawsAll, screwed-in-with-sheet-metal-and-sealed-with-gaffer's tape roadside kludge repair (which actually lasted several years.) Utility clips held the curbside wheel well together until its recent heroic repair by Roger Mosely (AKA Zeppelinium) at the Vintage Restoration Rally.

Roger did such a great job I wanted to post pictures of what he did to demonstrated the method to others unfortunate enough to suffer blow-out damage.

Like many repair projects it turned out to be more complicated than first expected--hence the reason the pictures were shot in the dark illuminated by the intense halogen flood light lent by Uwe. After Roger got the wheels off he discovered damage to the inside of the well that required patching. He used material from Uwe's Flying Cloud restoration project so that patch has special sentimental significance.

Unfortunately, I've never figured out how to put pictures in with captions or get the upload function to post them in the order I uploaded them.

(Note Flamingos fleeing in fear )
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Old 05-03-2009, 11:15 AM   #2
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Roger is the Man!

Roger (Zep) was a busy guy during the rally. He spent most of one day on the roof of my trailer as we replaced my Air Conditioner. I don't have any pictures of the work, we were much too busy with what we thought would be a few hour job.


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