Tonight after work, I leaded the cowl. The gap needs opened up a bit. And it will require a little bit of filler. Truth is, I ran out of lead! But, the amount of filler required will be small. The deal is, this looks so much better than it did.
I still have to file the left front fender, but for all practical purposes the leading work I intend to do is done.
That leaves 1 small hairy and 2 large hairries. The small hairy is the fuel filler. The first large hairy is the hood. The final is the paint. The rest of it is work but doable. I am stoked.
Weather and home improvement projects. It's been two weeks since I worked on the car and the next two weekends are tied up as well.
I finished the gaps at the bottom on each side. After the sides of the pan were squared up, the gaps were a little tight in the bottom couple of inches. So, grind weld grind.
Once the gaps were done, on to the leading. The lower left corner had a light crease in it I could not get to go away. There was a small dent to the right of the license plate which could not be reached from the back side. The trunk lock hole filler and the area around the frenching box needed a little filler as well.
At the end of the day, I did not get to the front fenders or the right lower cowl. Once they are done, the lead work will be done.
The trunk lid will still require a filling primer to work out some of the imperfections. I did not want to make up all the ''dips'' with ''plastic'' for fear slamming the trunk lid would pop out a chunk.
I had 6 items I wanted to get leaded today. I managed to get 2 of them done.
The opening of the EMS roll pan had a much more pronounced radius over the stock opening. I wanted to square them up on the sides to better match the stock opening. I also filled the low spots while I was at it. Hopefully these two areas are the most difficult and time consuming. The first thing that has to be done is grind the protective coating off the panel. The tinning butter won't stick to whatever it is that coats the panels to prevent rust. It is either galvanizing or aluminizing. Regardless, solder just turns brown if there is any left on the panel. After leading and paddling, it is difficult to file due to the taillight mounting area and the compound curves.
I still have the trunk lid, right lower cowl (more surface grinding to get the solder to stick), and both front fender tops.