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07-27-2012 07:09 AM Floor Work
06-30-2012

Cleaned the floor under the passenger seat.

Finished the seat reinforcement getting it ready for the nuts.

Drilled out the last broken bolt and cleaned the threads.

Moved rearward with weld clean up.


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06-24-2012 08:26 AM Weld, Grind, Repeat
Spent about 8 hours working on the floor Saturday. Quite a bit of poor penetration.

Only about 1/3 of the welds were gone over. However, I think it was the worst of it, so I am considering the job half done.

I used pop rivets to hold the floor to the one brace and then tried to put the rosette welds in the holes after drilling the rivets out. Didn't work out so well. Had all those holes to finish filling from the back side. Got that done.

The outer floor reinforcements for the seat mounts need to be enlarged. I got the driver's side done on Saturday. All the extraneous holes have been filled in and the nuts are welded to the reinforcement. The driver's side seat mount in done!


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06-21-2012 11:11 PM Inside Floor Channel
The welds were ground so the patch panels would fit. The panels were cut and bent to fit. The welds were ground enough to assure they were solid. These areas will be under the back seat, so I didn't think they needed to be perfect. Hopefully this is the last of the surprises.


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06-17-2012 06:46 PM Cut, Weld, Grind, Repeat
Got a late start on Saturday. Went to an auction to try and buy a trailer. Went for more than a new one. And since it was more trailer than I originally wanted in the first place, it ended up going for about a grand more than the one I will buy from the dealer, saving 6 hours at the same time. Oh well, 6 hours of education. And I bought a pile of tools. LOL

Cut and welded in the three patch panels. The hole by the hump grew twice during the process. Ice pick assured it is all solid now.

In the first photo, you can see a hole to the left of the new patch. Apparently they "nailed" the carpet (mat) to the floor in several locations. A couple of them got patched on Saturday but I have to find a better way to do it. Going to see if I can back the hole up with copper somehow.

On the last photo, if you look to the left of the new patch in the bottom left corner you will see one horizontal and two vertical lack of fusion areas. I started back gouging and welding these Saturday as well. They are small. But I need to track them all down and fix them. Otherwise, I am sure they will develop into a crack sooner or later. This is what I intend to do during the coming week.


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06-15-2012 10:27 PM Hole by the Hump
The bad flange was not unexpected when the floor was cut. What wasn't expected was the fact that the floor had more soft spots than originally thought so the hole had to be enlarged.

Everything is cut out. Next will be to fit and weld the patches.


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