[Vwdiesel] A2 body plastic
sshourds at flash.net
Mon Oct 15 21:35:42 PDT 2007
Some long months ago, I got hit driving the '85 Jetta home. Messed up
the driver's rear door some and ate the lip of the adjacent wheel well.
I've finally got motivated to negotiate with the insurance carrier and
fix it up. On a car that old, I'm only going to get ~$800 once my
deductible is met. The plan is to fix the door, which can be done
fairly cheaply, get the quarterpanel perfect up to the point where the
plastic wheel arch flare (the black plastic trim piece that goes around
the lip) is and then under the flare, just get it sort of close and POR
15 it to keep it from rusting. No one will see under that part so close
enough is good enough. There's no clearcoat left on the roof at this
point, so we're not going for Concours quality.
Difficulty is finding a new flare trim piece. Anyone have a source for
new ones? At this point, I haven't looked into used parts and I haven't
even figured out if they can be removed non-destrutively. From the
remains of the old one, looks like it's held in with plastic studs that
protrude from the trim piece. I don't think that will be an easy
removal with 22 year old Texas beaten plastic. And no, I'm not going to
put in some über-tacky chrome there. The way driving in Dallas is, I'm
tempted to try and form some diamond plate to fit, but it's hard to work
under an English wheel. I could probably find a used panel and have it
welded in, but the idea is to save me some money just repairing what I
have to and sweeping the rest under the trim. The old girl's pretty
much retired and is just for backup, local fishing and kayak trips, and
the messier errands.
Also, if anyone knows anything about the bits of seal that go under the
door windows (yes I know about the plastic sheet inside the door), those
would be helpful too. Sometimes you need to drive in the rain.
Thanks as Always,
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