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Grinding 'n' Scrapping

MildSeven

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Day ~29 (about 1 day of work), Let's Grind - August 30th, 2015 - September 12th, 2015

I was finally able to remove the temporary square tubing we had put in to reinforce the shell while replacing the rocker panels. Despite the actual work of removing those 6 pieces of metal didn't take much time or even effort, it felt like huge progress was made. I think it was because it meant the days of welding were numbered.

Support out mother f'ers!

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My plan was to grind down the floor pan, to bare metal and Por15 it. I laid out my tools, ready to go at it.

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I don't understand how the floor pans rust rust in these cars because grinding off the paint/primer/whatever is a huge pain in the arse. I think i might settle for doing a pretty good job removing the worst before applying the Por15 process. I mean there's no rust or anything, so why break my back.

Note to people who might attempt this: if you leave even a small trance of that tar sound deadening on the floor and try to grind it, it will just heat up and spread. I recommend having a razor blade scraper to remove it as your grinding. If not it just makes the whole process all the more annoying.

I plan on giving it another shot of grinding before proceeding with Por15.

(front)

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(back)

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Look at our "lovely" patchwork done on the passenger floor pan. We had cut the tranny tunnel wall (of the car) a little too high, so we had to put in a patch there. The donor floor pan was also in some bad shape in the right corner (thanks DenverTii), so there's another patch there. We also plugged the drain holes.

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Since the welder had a few things to fix inside the shell, I moved under the car. I started scraping off the underside with a razor blade and metal scrapper/spatula, if i would have started with the grinder from the start it would be a hot mess.Surprisingly it doesn't look that bad once you remove all the muck, I think I'll give it a light grinding in everywhere and a heavy grinding on the bad spots before putting some more Por15 and a rubberized undercoating.

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I should finally have more free time on evenings next week :) so hope to make some good progress.

hate it.



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