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Old 03-30-2011, 08:21 PM
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1st Gen Prelude Quarter Panels

I posted pics last summer, of the two old 1st-gen Preludes I bought from a junkyard. It was such a rare find that I just couldn't say no, even though they were in really rough shape. My initial plan was to restore one, using the other for a parts source. But since these cars are so rare, and since both were in (sort of) running order, I decided I'd attempt to restore both simultaneously. I had intended to start last fall, but got delayed due to health problems and a very snowy winter. I hope to start work on the 1980 (the brown one) within the next few days, and I will try to document the project as best as I can.
One of the first things I'd like to know, is if ready-made quarter panels are available. The rear fenders on one car are rusted beyond repair, and it would be far easier to just weld on a ready-made panel. In the past, I've improvised by building a rough outline with sheet metal, and then adding and sanding many layers of body fill to achieve the right shape. This does work, but takes a tremendous amount of time and effort, and with so much work needed on these cars I'm looking to save time wherever possible.
Are there any affordable panels out there for these cars, or perhaps is there a more recent car with similar fenders which I could swap?
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