7. With the car’s original coral paint showing again, we drilled out the spot welds, then split the rest of the quarter from the jamb reinforcement.
8. Next, we moved to the trunk area and split away the gutter area around the trunk opening.
9. With the old quarter completely removed, we scrubbed the inner quarter with a heavy wire brush, then treated it with Eastwood’s Fast Etch rust remover. It eliminates rust while leaving behind a zinc phosphate coating as it dries. After that, we used Eastwood’s zinc-rich galvanizing compound to prevent any further corrosion.
10. Before setting the new quarter in place, we installed a new outer wheelhouse seal, which goes between the house and the quarter.
11. After setting the Real Deal Steel quarter in place, we used clamps and the old door latch assembly to hold the panel in place up front, plus other clamps around the rear flanges.
12. The Real Deal Steel factory quarter-panel fit like a glove. The trunk gutters were a perfect match to the originals on the car, the doorjamb slid easily into place, and we swore the thickness of the metal was a heavier gauge than the original we removed. The quality was exceptional.
13. With the panel clamped securely in place, we double-checked the alignment, then started welding up by the roof brace. We used our Eastwood MIG Spot Weld Kit (PN 13901) to attach our new quarter. The special tip that comes in the kit allows you to simulate factory spot welds and works with any MIG welder.
14. From there, we moved down into the trunk gutter.
15. After the gutter, we moved up to the doorjamb. If you have rust or accident damage to the brace or inner structure, Real Deal Steel also sells replacement panels to fix this. The part number for the passenger side brace is HCDJPR-567, driver side HCDJPL-567.
16. Going underneath, we spot-welded the quarter to the inner rocker. We didn’t fully spot-weld down here because we might need to adjust the inner rocker that had already been replaced before.
17. The last part is welding where the quarter meets the rear inner fin panel. Originally, there would’ve only been some spot welds on the inner flange to hold these together, then the seam was filled with lead and covered over. We don’t like the idea of loading that much filler into the body, so the talented Greg Lovell of Antivenom Performance welded the two pieces together along the seam. After welding, he ground down the welds on the seam and smoothed them out.
18. And here’s what we’ve got. This entire part of the car is now brand new, no filler, no patches, and rust free. Our ’55 is finally starting to look like a car again. The Real Deal Steel factory quarter really impressed us with its quality, fit, and relative ease of installation. In the future, we’ll cover how to drill the proper holes to attach the Bel Air/210 trim on cars so equipped.