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Restoring a Wanderer from 1938

wanderer_1938(image is only for illustration, not the actual car)
Wanderer was a german car manufacturer that became part of Auto Union together with Horch, Audi and DKW, witch then merged into what we now know as Audi. This is where the four rings originated from. The history can be found on wikipedia.

This Wanderer have been in storage for at least 20 years and have therefore not deteriorated much, and now the owners widdow wants it to be restaured. These are quite rare cars today and this one is probably the only one in Denmark right now. The Wanderer was a pricy and very well build car, but not as expensive as the Horch.

This is the state of the car as I enter the course of this project and my job is to do the sheet metal work on the car. wanderer_1938This includes rust and dent repairs of several areas around the car. As I have stated before, in scandinavia, rust is one of our biggest challenges on vintage and classic cars. Fortunately this car is made og high quality steel and many parts such as the doors and fenders are made of 18 gauge steel. This makes it much easyer to repair and indeed weld.

The Wanderer have a body frame made of ash wood, and therefore welding is a bit different than other more modern vehicles. The first and formost issue is of course fire... so I have water on a spray bottle at hand all the time, and water on fresh welds is a good way to create rust, so this is a compromise. The other issue is if there is a need to correct something with a dolly, some areas wiil be inaccesible. So these are the considerations that are to be taken.






One of my latest additions in the tool collection is a new MIG welder. I have been recommended by several people, the Kemppi welder (made in Finland), and I must say that I'm absolutely fascinated by that machine. It works like a charm!

The body repairs will then be filled, where nescesary, with tin/lead instead of plastic filler. This gives the best protection agains corrosion since it does not absorb moisture over time.wanderer_1938wanderer_1938

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