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Old 12-19-2011, 01:55 PM
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Cowl rust hole repair

This is the cowl on my Datsun 521 pickup.

The two holes by the corner sheet metal do go through the cab metal, and into the cab.
The cab has had a collision, once on the front end, pushing a corner of the fender into the cab, and then later a large moving truck swung by the pickup, and pushed the fender sideways into the cab.
I am thinking this area of the cab is low anyway, and am thinking of just lap welding a metal patch over the holes.

What do you guys think?

For what it is worth, the door fit is pretty good.

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First I'd grind the rest of that bondo off the pillar ,it looks like its rusting under the bondo...all and all that looks pretty good I'd poke around there with a sharp pick hammer to see how solid it was and just weld up the holes...
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There is rust there, no surprise. I found the holes after a slight bubble in the paint was sanded off.
Like I said, door fit is pretty good. It seems to close, and contact the weatherstrip pretty much all the way around, but I do not have the rear door catch installed yet. Once I put the door catch in, I will check all the way around with a dollar bill.
Then I will check the hood fit to the cowl, and try to get it good.

With the door and hood fitting, the fender will have to be fitted to the door, hood, and cowl. I think I want to get all that fitted, and then see how much of a gap there is between the cab, and the upper top rear curved part of the fender. If there is a gap, weld in some metal. One of the cowl holes is actually below the fender, the other is above.

DBM, Thanks so much for your reply.
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There is rust there, no surprise. I found the holes after a slight bubble in the paint was sanded off.
Like I said, door fit is pretty good. It seems to close, and contact the weatherstrip pretty much all the way around, but I do not have the rear door catch installed yet. Once I put the door catch in, I will check all the way around with a dollar bill.
Then I will check the hood fit to the cowl, and try to get it good.

With the door and hood fitting, the fender will have to be fitted to the door, hood, and cowl. I think I want to get all that fitted, and then see how much of a gap there is between the cab, and the upper top rear curved part of the fender. If there is a gap, weld in some metal. One of the cowl holes is actually below the fender, the other is above.

DBM, Thanks so much for your reply.
Like DBM said, get rid of the filler and see what else is going on there, then just well the little holes up if that is all that is wrong.
Be glad it isnt a Sunday special like a Mustang cowl, there normally is more "holy" that metal, LOL.
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OF, Thanks for reply. More plastic removal will be done.
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