What is this part in the trunk?

Discussion in 'Color is everything!' started by Utah455, Jul 15, 2020.

  1. Utah455

    Utah455 Well-Known Member

    Question - What is this part in the blue circle and what is it used for?

    Reason I ask is that I've had my car back from body and paint and when installing the rear wire harness, I noticed they were loose. The top part is not attached to anything. Just sort of free flowing. I did have the body shop install all new quarter panels so...


    Last edited: Jul 15, 2020
  2. Brad Conley

    Brad Conley Super Moderator Staff Member

    I would take my car back to that body shop and make them finish their work. Second thought, maybe not. Present him with the bill to fix it. That is a structural support for the rear of the car. All kinds of bad things will happen if it's not attached properly (welded).
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  3. Utah455

    Utah455 Well-Known Member

    Awesome, Fantastic in the most sarcastic way I can say it. I know nothing about body work, but I hope that doesn't jack up the nice new paint job the car has.
  4. Utah455

    Utah455 Well-Known Member

    I just got back the "I look at fixing that" from the body shop.

    I know the car has to go back once I get it running since the driver door is a little jacked (3 to 4 washers on the sticker in the jam). Plus he forgot to install the trunk emblem. Something else to add to the list...Ugh. Guess that's not that bad considering all the work that was done. I guess that's what happens when the person after me with more cash is pestering the body shop man to get his car in. Mine was rushed at the end and so far that's all I see that was missed.

    Before pic is waiting for the tow truck and the after pic is just unloaded back home.

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  5. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    It is a brace that is basically glued to the underside of the top portion of the quarter panel.
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  6. Utah455

    Utah455 Well-Known Member

    Well, glue sounds much better than welding to the underside with the nice new paint job. One side kind of wedges in there to the trunk lip. The other side has a gap. Might be a lotta glue on that side.
  7. Redmanf1

    Redmanf1 Gold Level Contributor

    You need to clean to bare metal the mating surfaces of the two pieces to prepare them for the panel adhesive. They will need to be clamped together until the glue dries. Maybe the one side that is not close is bent but you cannot fill it with glue. You will need to see why the two do not meet and fix that.
  8. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

    The top edge welds to the jamb area ,..the rectangle pad had a glob of glue on it from the factory,..but it will need a few spot welds ..then spot the trunk jamb back in
  9. scubasteve455

    scubasteve455 Well-Known Member

    2part structural adhesive. Be careful. Most guys apply to much pressure on that support. After sanding throughly with 150 grit and applying the 2 part guys apply pressure to much. Then find out later they have a High spot in their Quarter panel. On both sides. Not a good look.
  10. 72 skylark custom

    72 skylark custom Well-Known Member

    The factory panel adhesive looked like a petrified bologna sandwhich on mine when i found it on that brace

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