Still waiting for some parts before I can get the front suspension back in the car, so thought I'd make a start on the rear end. The rear valance curved upwards not downwards as it should, and this has been bothering me now for some time, so I figured lets get the valance done instead.
Ages ago I laid some fibreglass over the rear valance of my Sebring to get the basic curve needed. As this was a one off, it didn't really make sense to make a mould as I'd need to fill the join anyway. The valance was screwed into place and measured to make sure everything was where it should be
The rear valance was then cut away. Two layers of fibreglass was then applied to the car and the valance screwed into place. The two layers of fibreglass will bond the valance to the car
Once cured over night, the screws were removed and another two layers of fibreglass was laid over the top, thereby filling the holes and sandwiching the valance to the car, making it very strong
Once cured it was time to fill and shape it all. The area to the right of the boot never followed the boot profile, so I repaired that at the same time
All ready for primer now.
I've also had a pair of Spiyda L542 LED tail lights for ages, so I offered up one of the lenses to see how it would look.
To be honest, I can't say I'm a big fan of the look. I know it's original, but a good friend of mine, when I was doing something to the car because it would make it look a bit more original said " Nigel, tell me, which part of your car is original" which I couldn't answer as my car is miles away from looking original. Having thought about this for some time, I've decided to keep the round L488 lights as I really like them aesthetically. If you look at the first photo, you'll see the lights are mounted on flat plinths, both of which were differing size and shape. I've now reshaped that so the plinths have gone, and the tail lights now sit on a much smaller surface.
The rear still needs a little fettling, but it's almost there now, next is to fit some coves into the rear 1/4 panels