Monday, December 11, 2006

Project 23 - Finally with the welder. Oy.

It's been four months since the first part was removed from the car. It's come a long way.

This represents about five days of work. A lot of it was just pickup work after hours during the week but we got it done.

There were two nasty spots that needed repair.
The first was a particularly bad patch done to the rear of the car. We just cut it out and made a new one.

This picture shows it welded in and plasticed over. The original patch required about a half inch of plastic to make it smooth. Now it's little more than a skin coat.

Here's another shot.

And another.

The next spot was a little rust perforation in the lower part of the door jamb. It looks like it collected a bunch of mud and gunk above the jacking point and rotted it out from below. The jack tube was fine. The rust was concetrated in that little depression where the door jamb plate turns to the front of the car and sits on top of the rocker. The joint is covered with lead. You first have to melt that off.
I had to buy the door jamb and the rocker panel and use bits of both. Sorry the pictures aren't very good.

I think it was Chip Foose that said: "You don't have to be a good welder, you just have to be good with a grinder".

We also started putting a skin coat on it. I snapped the pic before we finished it. Also, it isn't finished. We're planning to do the whole car in primer Wednesday night. That'll be the first time since May that's it's been all one color.


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