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04-19-2008 08:36 PM Going Back Together
The rosettes from the wheel house side are all in and ground flush. DONE!
The quarter repair is welded in. Some hammer and dolly work still need to be done. And the tack strip channel and the inner part of the B pillar need to be completed.
The long seam in the floor is complete from the back to where the new floor pan will attach. Some of the weld and some of the rosettes have been ground flush. There are still way too many left. Cutting out the floor pan and replacing it will hopefully be done within a week.


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04-19-2008 08:30 PM Going Back Together
Went to the Creek County swap meet this morning. No fender. No hood. Still looking. But I did buy a 24R Vise Grip and a finned aluminum oil pan. Saw lots of neat stuff. No photos.
This afternoon, I welded the drain box / brace in. I am not a fan of lying on the creeper and welding overhead. But it had to be done.
The rosettes on the top flange went in from the top side. I still have to grind them flush.
The photo from underneath shows the penetration of those top side rosettes. The lower flange rosettes were put in from underneath.
At the very rear, the brace has to be lap welded to the floor and the wheel house bottom. You can also see the penetration from the rosette which was put in from the wheel house side.



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04-16-2008 09:42 PM More Welding and Painting
Now that the days are getting warmer and longer, I can get more done in the evenings.
Tonight, all of the holes for the rosettes on the brace / drain box were put in. Weld through primer in the contact/weld areas and POR-15 on the enclosed surfaces.
The rosettes fixing the rocker box floor sections to the floor channels were put in. The long seam weld also received skip welds. It is not done yet, but getting there.


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04-12-2008 11:04 PM Installing Repair Panel 2
A Dremel cut-off wheel (actually lots of them!) was used to trim the original panel by following the top of the repair panel. This provides a nice gap for the welds. The panel was tacked into place.
Once the welding was complete, the proud was ground off. Accessible welds were crushed. All were finish ground.
There is a little bit more to do at the front and there are approx. 5 rosettes left to be put in along the bottom. For the most part, the repair panel is installed.



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04-12-2008 10:45 PM Quarter Repair Panel Install 1
The repair panel was positioned and the rear fender installed to verify the fit. The original panel still needs to be trimmed.
While the fender was on, the location for the lower captured nut was marked. The hole was drilled with a 1/2" bit and the slots were made for the ear.
It is important to put the lower nut in. Once the repair panel is installed, there is no way to get it into location. The one above it was installed now, although it could have been installed at any time.


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