Post by swirlygirls on Dec 7, 2012 20:23:56 GMT -5
Hello all. I've started the restoration on my 1960 Oasis. Above the front window there are some dents (which I can certainly live with) but there are also two rather large holes that a PO has filled with some weird caulk material. One area is almost 19" by 12." I would like to replace the skin but can not find a place to get a match. I found somewhere that has an option that would be "close" but would not match and that seems to me like it would be weird and stand out like a sore thumb. There is also a possibility that a local person here could match it but is only able to do a small piece. The skin above the window is part of a long piece of skin that runs from front to part way down the back. It was suggested that I have him make a small piece and add a seam to connect it to the skin on the roof. My concern about that is having a seam on the roof which would add a point of vulnerability for water to get in.
I've read about fixing holes and could do that but it is such a significant area that I'm concerned that would be a vulnerable place.
What would you all recommend for both the beauty and longevity of my Dottie?
If it were me and I couldn't get matching aluminum for the holes, I'd use a stiff aluminum screen patch inside and Bondo on both sides. It's easy to shape to match the contours of the skin. Some folks don't trust Bondo to stay where you put it, but I do.
A pic of the hole would prob help too. If I`m reading your description correctly, it sounds like you need/want, to replace the whole roof section of skin. If this section runs from above front to above the rear window, a slightly different pattern or even a plain sheet, won`t be that noticeable. IMO
My camera is temporarily AWOL, must be in the pile of tools and supplies somewhere in the work space. However, here are three photos from when she arrived including the front where the holes are. Perhaps this will give enough detail. s1288.beta.photobucket.com/user/Swirlygirls/library/Dottie
Just saw your pictures. Ditto with Ross and Howard, repair what you have, its above eye level and not on the curb or road side so it won`t be noticeable, should you not get it perfect (which I`m sure you will
Post by swirlygirls on Dec 10, 2012 7:09:37 GMT -5
I have an incredibly poor ability to describe things, this I confess. By "piece" I meant section of skin. After reading the replies, including a private message, I'm most likely going for replacing the skin in the front and having a roof seam.