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Offline trout

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So it's finally time to start putting these back together.
I noticed when I took them apart that there was two different materials used between the panels.
Running along the top of the engine bay there was some gooey material with a string running through it between the chassis and the fender. And There was a bondo like material between the fenders and the front air dam. They are now long gone as they were cleaned off when I removed all the rust and repainted.

Do I need to replace them? Only other car I ever took body panels off of, my Jeep, didn't have anything like that. What were they and what purpose did they serve?
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Re: Putting body panels back together - what goes inbetween them?
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2013, 06:08:04 PM »
The stuff with the string it it is 3M Strip Caulk. It's the same stuff holding the tar paper inside the doors and many other uses.

The bondo-material may be bondo? I'm not sure, but I know what you're talking about.
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Re: Putting body panels back together - what goes inbetween them?
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2013, 11:30:32 AM »
I totally forgot about that stuff when I was reassembling my Eagle so none of it got put back in.  The stuff between the fenders and front air dam is not bondo, it has some flexibility.  I think its probably just a caulking that has gotten very stiff over the years.
« Last Edit: May 01, 2013, 11:34:02 AM by priya »

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Re: Putting body panels back together - what goes inbetween them?
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2013, 07:53:29 AM »
thanks!

I ordered some of the caulk strip. Think I may just use that at the other spot since it seems like I'll have plenty left over.
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Re: Putting body panels back together - what goes inbetween them?
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2013, 05:15:58 AM »
I used some white seam sealer from the local body supply, cost $8 for a tube that fits in a caulking gun.
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