It has been a while since I have actually been able to string some days of work together. My original plan was to fix the rust holes on the interior of the cabin, put the interior in and then get the engine wired and running. Things changed and shifted and I went digging around and found a lot more rust than I expected. I will now be repairing a-pillars, and a couple of other panels. This means that my overall restoration has greatly expanded.
"Fix the rust holes" looks so much simpler when you watch the TV shows or YouTube videos. When you actually are doing it yourself for the very first time, well, that's very very different. I spent (wasted, frittered away) a lot of time getting my workspace squared away, figuring out how I wanted to work, and then just getting the time to be able to actually work. But now were are almost here.
Then winter got in the way - it was either too cold or too wet to work . . . until today.
I thought there were four holes in the floor pan - but the driver's side turned out to be much worse. That will be for another blog entry.
The two smallish ones on the passenger side are the first to be attacked. After grinding and fixing up the hole, I messed up the first patch and had to make a second one. Bad this was that the first patch was from a section of floor panel that I bought, so I had to make the patch out of 20 gauge sheet. I also had to expand the hole cause I botched that up too.
This was my first time welding. And my first time fitting up a patch. It was a lot more work that what I expected. The first (second) bigger patch took over two hours to form and it seemed like the last hour was spent trimming the damn patch a 1/16th of an inch at a time. Finally when the patch was set, I started tacking it in a bit at a time.
Some of my welds are kind of cruddy, but I did get full penetration on them. I ground the welds down but I have to finish smoothing them out and then prime and seal them.
This took me about six hours to get this done. I'm sore and tired from crouching, bending walking back and forth. My knees are killing me from kneeling on the driveway and welding the footwell is not comfortable or easy. And I'll be doing this again next week!