Rust Panel Repair Demystified by Dave Maxwell

Judging from the turn out at the January 15 tech session on rust repair panels, this problem must be of epidemic proportions within the BMCU ranks. Dave Maxwell, a master of auto body repair and finishing, told all on this subject at the APW Training Center, including a hands-on demonstration replacing a rear quarter panel leg on an Austin Healey 3000. All steps were demonstrated, from replacement panel selection, rotted panel removal, wire bead installation, butt welding, filler application, and finish sanding ready for primer application. Dave was unsparing with his advice, including both do-as-I-do's (fitting, dollying and finishing techniques) and don't-do-as-I-do's (braze without dark glasses). And oh yes, 20 plus years of experience is a good thing to get as well -- but how can you get this without tacking problems now?

Students of the master at this popular event included Gary Lindstrom, Pugs Pivirotto, David Marks, Carlin Jacobson, Mike Odernheimer, Barry Blackett, Todd Pixton, Mark Bradakis, Mike Bailey, Dan Forster, Bill McCallen, Michael Scoggins, John Progess, Chris Malan, Mark Hoffman, Dana Johnson, Mike Mostert, Thom Warr, Jim Fox, Al Gordon, Larry Farrington, John Ross, Mitch Johnson, Steve Nelson, Lynn Wall, Ray Agutter, Bob and Justin Lux, Don Hughes, Jim Revel, Doug Lewis, Ernie Reno, Jim Thornton, Jon Hanson, Rob Wiseman, and Jon Hermance.