I got a killer deal on an AutoLock frenching kit due to the fact it had surface rust. It was still sealed in the packaging, so they must have forgot to put the silica gel pack in before they sealed it. Anyway, a little elbow grease and a dip in phosphoric acid and it was good to go. I had to cut it down quite a bit. It was originally 2 inches deep all the way around.
There is nothing as exciting as cutting up a NOS Buick trunk lid! The opening was cut slightly smaller than the box. The bottom line was cut right on the desired line to act as a locater for the rest of the cuts once the box was in position. The inner bracing was cut out. The opening was then cut until it was almost big enough with final grinding to the inside surface of the box.
When I took the last photo I was wishing this was the end. Unfortunately, it has to be welded. I was going to show some in-process welds. After putting them in I decided it would be best to just show the finished product!
After measuring the opening and the striker bolt to latch distances, I built a mounting piece for the latch striker. After tacking it in place I checked to see if it fit. After I was sure, I did some welding. I will have to cut and fit filler pieces on another night. Started working at 6 when it was 100 degrees. Ended at 9 when it was 94 degrees.
The fuel pump impact cut-off switch, the 100 amp fuse box, the fuel pump relay, the fuel pump circuit breaker, and the solenoid were installed. The wires were sorted and the ends for the hardware installed were finished off. The red and the brown wire hanging loose are for the fuel pump and fuel sending unit respectively. The teal wire is for the back up lights. Still not sure what I am going to do about that.
The floor flap was welded down. The holes were drilled. The four reinforcing plates were located and rosette welded to the sheet metal. Yet to finish- The channel needs to be boxed and reinforced. I am waiting to see if the riv-nuts for the seat back need to be replaced. The retractors need to be mounted to the package shelf - easy.