Got back from Topeka last night. My friend and co-worker, Adrian, and I went to the Summer Nationals. What a blast. Got to vist with some old friends. Saw Hillary Will win her first and John Force win his 126th.
Anyway, we have a room that leaks. The PO converted the room from a 2-1/2 car garage. Long story short, in order to fix it, we are going to have it jacked up and have a new concrete floor poured on top of the old one. This will put the floor above grade, preventing the water from getting in.
So, I have been spending the last two weeks moving stuff out and cramming it in the rest of the house. And my wife decided to have a garage (driveway) sale to get rid of some of the stuff. It will probably be two more weeks before I can get back at the car. The joys of home ownership!
Both braces are complete now. The black circles are traced from the holes in the original cowl. The red circles are from measurements taken from the original pieces. They aren't quite the same. I am going to wait to drill the holes until I can be a little bit more certain where they go.
The repair panels were on the front porch when I got home tonight. I decided to put the braces and panels in at the same time so I could be sure everything fits. I checked to see how high the pits were. The cut will be made just above the worst of the pitting.
With the old cut away, the remainder is pretty solid. Now I just have to fit and cut the replacement panel. Cutting, welding, grinding.
What a disappointment! There were a few neat things there, but nothing worthy of taking pictures. Spent 4+ hours on the road, about $60 for gas, $7 for a hot link and pop, $4 to park, and 2 hours walking through twice. The fall 2007 meet was much better than this. I am hoping it is the spring show that is not so hot and the fall one this year will be up to par. The Creek County meet last month was better than this!
The new cowl patch panels won't be here until some time next week. The brace still needed to be finished. I had to make the brace from three major pieces. I also had to patch in two smaller pieces. I am happy how this one turned out. It is not perfect, but it fits and will function properly. I made sure to test fit it several times during the fabrication, so it fit when it was done. I will get it coated and welded in before the patch panels arrive. I think I am going to redo the passenger side piece now that I have a better original to take measurements from.
Tomorrow I will be going to the spring swap meet at Chickasha. I will probably post photos when I get back.
Thursday night I was hoping to clean up the parts so I could coat them with POR-15 so I could weld them together on Friday. After a little sandblasting, it became apparent the cowl bottom was far too pitted to leave it as is. After figuring what all would need to be cut out and patched, I came in to the computer and ordered cowl repair panels for both sides from Chev's of the 40's. Not real happy to be spending $210, but at least there won't be an unpleasant cowl bottom surprise a couple years down the road.