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07-20-2008 06:44 AM Right Cowl Repair Complete (Almost)
All I have left to do is grind the welds. I got a good start on that though. Still need to grind the welds on a lot of the patch panels.
Friday night I installed the inner brace and coated all the hidden metal with POR-15. Saturday I installed the patch panel. This side fought me all the way. The panel wasn't quite as nice as the other side. And I think my brace was a little off compared to the other side. To add insult to injury, the metal above, which seemed solid during my first check, turned out to have a lot of rust behind it. I ended up cutting out a 3" tall by 4" wide hole and putting in a filler piece.
The plan now is to finish the B-pillar on the driver's side and put a small patch in the floor on the passenger's side after work several days this week. Then next Saturday, I will fit the engine, March serpentine kit, fans, and radiator to make sure no modifications are required on the firewall. If all works out, I will be putting the body on the rotisserie soon to clean and prime the underside.



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07-17-2008 09:43 PM Right Cowl Repair Panel Work Starts
Started on the right side tonight. The brace was fit and then the excess metal was trimmed off the patch panel. The good thing about the second side is that it always seems to go faster than the first. Experience is a good thing.


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07-15-2008 08:56 PM Left Cowl Repair Panel Is On
Did the final fitting tonight. Sprayed the weld through primer and started welding. All the welding is done, but I may have to do some touch up once the grinding is finished. This is solid. I will grind it and move to the right side next.


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07-13-2008 03:00 PM Back on the Left Cowl Bottom
With air and welder available, work started again on the cowl bottom.
One of the great things about sheet metal work - You start with a part that costs you $105 looking like the one on the left, spend about 8 hours modifying it, and you end up with the one on the right! The two larger holes are for the fender bolts. All of the rest of the holes are for plug welds.
Once the cowl bottom repair panel was fit to the car, the inner brace (see entry #135) was located and welded in place. All of the non-welded, inaccessible areas received a coat of POR-15.
I hope to have the patch panel installed during the coming week so I can work on the right side next weekend.



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07-13-2008 02:50 PM End of Week 6 of the 2 Week Project
Week 7 starts on Monday. The carpet crew came out and measured for the carpet estimate. Other than that, not much has changed. My friend Adrian needed to replace the timing belt on his VW, so I did hook up the electricity temporarily so we would have air. This also means I can weld. I have to get back on the 41!


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