After breaking for lunch, instead of jumping back on the core support, I had another project that needed attention.
I bought this convertible as a project car thinking the 41 would be in paint by now. Since the 41 has taken a lot longer to complete than I anticipated, I decided the drop top had to go.
So, out of the garage she came today. It is amazing how much dirt can accumulate even in a garage. The car was filthy. After a quick wash and some vacuuming, even my wife questioned whether we should get rid of it or keep it. Tough call, but she is on Craigslist now.
It is hard to believe that it has been 2 months. A business trip to China. New car shopping (didn't buy a thing). Fixing the wife's Sable (did I mention we didn't buy a car?). A freak snowstorm last weekend. It felt good to get back at it.
The other side of the radiator core support was reinforced this weekend. The rear piece was made and installed first.
The vertical section of the core support gets notched to allow the new piece to fit close to flush.
I decided to box the area to increase the strength, compensating for what will be removed for the lower tank. I cut, broke, and shrunk a corner. After welding it in place, a small filler was welded in to tie it all together.
With the first part of the reinforcement in place, the bottom of the original support was cut. Using an assortment of body hammers, the area was stretched in order to allow room for the tank. I didn't want to do the whole side until the box in was completed. I stopped at the top of the reinforcement, but had to cut beyond in order to have the side near the desired shape. The idea is that the side, which originally sloped inward toward the front of the car will need to be approximately 90 degrees to the radiator mount face when complete.
After welding a patch into the gaping hole left from the cut and stretch of the original metal, a new corner was welded on, completing the reinforcement of the left bottom corner. I intend to modify the side before moving to the right side. I need to prove that the side can be modified before I build another corner. If I can't get the side to do what I want, it is too much work to build corners.