Repairing Decades Old Collision Repairs

Now that the paint has been fully stripped Jon is focusing on repairing minor accident damage that wasn't properly repaired decades ago. First up is the front left corner where there was a small impact at some point. As you can see the metal has been crumpled and the impact absorber mounts aren't aligned correctly.  Fortunately Porsche still supplies the bumper impact absorber mounts so we will just replace the damaged one with the  OEM part.

To repair the front corner Jon built a custom frame insert with a hydraulic ram adjustable to the appropriate angles to enable carefully pushing out the bodywork from the interior. Once pushed out he will perform any necessary metal work as well as installing the replacement mounts.

In addition when stripping all the paint we discovered the front side of the passenger side fender area had previous damage that was repaired. We also discovered that the rear left corner also had been marginally repaired previously. This went entirely unnoticed when we inspected this car prior to purchase in San Diego.  Even now that we know where the damage was and look back at the pictures we took prior to buying the car it is impossible to spot this underneath all the previous primer.  This along with the window frame corners will require metalwork to fix correctly.

The area in front of the passenger side rear flare had also been previously repaired using standard body shop techniques.
A side view of the impact damage to front left including the damaged shock absorber mount.
See more details on the restoration of 1976 Carrera MFI 2.7 #9116609050.