1930 Model A Coupe

Model A Ford Garage

Quarter Panel Rust Damage

Pictured below are a series of pics of the quarter panel damage in my 1930 coupe before restoration.

This damage is fairly typical of that found in many Model A's. I dismantled the entire body and began the task of rebuilding the bottom of the quarters and the entire subrail and floor structure.

This is not my idea of fun! After removing tacked on quarter patches, pop riveted wheel house panels, and layers of fiberglass cloth and roofing tar on the inside, I find what awaits!

LH side same as the RH. Quarter panels rotted off, fender mounting studs rotted off and leaving holes, and the body sub rails in shreds.

Close up of LH quarter and wheel house.

Inside view of LH wheel house, and subrails.

Rear end of LH quarter panel assembly. Damage to triangle brace and quarter and subrail is evident.

Rear end of RH quarter panel assembly. Damage to triangle brace and quarter and subrail is evident.

Inside view of RH wheel house, and subrails.

Close up of RH quarter and wheel house showing rot-out and holes where the fender studs should be.

Close up of RH quarter showing the lower rust damage hidden under the tack welded patch panel.

Close up of LH quarter showing the lower rust damage hidden under the tack welded patch panel.

Another aspect of the damage was the filling of numerous screw holes in the roof where a tin sheet had been added over the original top.

Let the welding begin! These quarters need new front quarters, wheel house, and rear corners fitted and welded.

The panel after weld repair and chemical de-rusting.


More 1930 Model A Ford Coupe Web Pages:

  1. Sub Rails Before Restoration
  2. Trunk Lower Panel Fabrication
  3. Roof Wood Construction
  4. Body Assembly
  5. Trunk Compartment Construction
  6. Coupe Seat Belt Installation
  7. Coupe Body Measurements

May 2006