Having received equal attention from Nick for the new National Parts Depot quarter-panel, the driver side is fitted for the new metal. Satisfied, Nick removes the mocked-up panel in order to prepare the edges for welding.
A pneumatic hole puncher is called into service to create holes approximately two to three inches apart for welding.
The door jamb area is also punched to accommodate the MIG welds. The welds will be ground smooth and produce an OEM quality finish.
The NPD quarters are clamped in place and ready for final welding. Body lines are checked and lined up for perfect trunk and door gaps.
MIG welds in the hands of young Jelinek are clean and strong. Although the panels are only tack welded to the car at this point, Nick later repented for not wearing proper welding gloves.