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W&N rear arch repair panels no good?

Post by wattsmonkey » Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:00 am

Just heard from W&N. The press is worn out, panels just received are pretty much unusable: pressing incomplete.

Will post pics.
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Re: W&N rear arch repair panels no good?

Post by Pod » Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:55 am

It will be interesting to see how they compare to some I’ve had for a few years. If the press is worn out, why did W&N supply them to you?

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Re: W&N rear arch repair panels no good?

Post by wattsmonkey » Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:21 pm

I've used two sets before now with no problem other than the lower radius being wrong (for series2 cars?), but those received last week had an uneven, creased arch lip on one side and the incomplete pressing of the arch shape on the other.

Pictures not much good, but should provide an idea.

Surprised W&N didn't know about this before shipment- they have always been absolutely first rate in all other dealings over more than ten years.
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Re: W&N rear arch repair panels no good?

Post by wattsmonkey » Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:01 pm

Ordered last week, due to weld them in to a car next week! Hopefully you can see how the shape loses definition.
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Re: W&N rear arch repair panels no good?

Post by Pod » Sat Aug 18, 2018 10:07 am

I think once they're fitted and fettled, it won't notice. However, its Hobson's Choice as they are NLA anywhere else AFAIK :-k

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Re: W&N rear arch repair panels no good?

Post by wattsmonkey » Sun Aug 19, 2018 2:31 pm

Pictures not very clear: o/s can be fettled easily enough (the final picture), but nearside (first three pics) would be very difficult to shape, to the extent that repairing the existing arch is probably easier: the 90 degree lip is pressed okay, but there is little shape to the rear part.
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Re: W&N rear arch repair panels no good?

Post by Pod » Tue Aug 21, 2018 11:02 am

I note that W&N are still selling then for 89€ a side. So no price reduction even though they admit the panels are not 100% :-k

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