|Today 02:00 PM|
|Too Many Projects||Well, the good news is, you eventually found good metal to weld too...|
|Today 12:40 PM|
Prepare to meet Jeez again. That was Dr Jekyll. Meet Mr Hyde-
Are you finished chewing that bite of your lunch?
Hey! A box of Crusty Flakes cereal, fortified with iron oxide.
|Yesterday 06:37 PM|
Ain't no rhyme or reason to it, but things that are to be hidden sometimes come out nice. Until it was welding time, I was convinced that I wasn't going to pull it off in one piece.
But sho nuf. Don't mind tellin' ya I am proud of this task. Why? Because within the limits of the transaxle, I would not bat an eye at (somebody) putting the car through it's paces, to the limits of the car, with this repair. Once the other side is done. In other words, as a former crash man I am happy with how it worked out as a structural repair.
Plus the pics are good enough to make a write up with if ever there were a need.
And to boot, I get to leave the perimeter weld alone. Only whizzed the spatter away. Woohoo! Pretty much looks like the OE.
|Yesterday 04:17 PM|
Yes!! (fist pump)
Drain holes is good too.
|Yesterday 12:50 PM|
Well, I hear the customer saw it this morning early and was over the moon about what he saw. Thats good. Unconfirmed, but he probably wants the other side done, too.
Here is a little of the "how" I made it-
I fell a little short on the ends with my pattern. But I think they sit close enough to the rail that I could do an inside corner weld but am leaning toward adding end flanges to plug it on the sides. The bottom will be a bead to mock the original construction.
No extra charge for the drain holes. Pugsy.
|11-12-2019 08:12 PM|
For clarity, this is what actually transpired-
Thats why the engine side looks fugly more than it did. The top panel was like welding kindling. But I reckon its all fairly stout again, or it will be when complete.
Neglected to get a pic of the other side. Took a closer look today and somebody already went there. Capping off the ugly with a square, overlaid patch on the low outside. Since theres more rust showing on the engine side over there, it needs this even more. Boss is so sick and behind though, I hate to throw that at him. I have the other rocker to go, and the rear body brace ends. Ain't that wierd looking below the right door? I couldn't figure out what was what there but for the most part, liberal usage of seam sealer and gravel guard could probably blend it in so I stopped before I got to the live bait stand. Where you get worms by the can with a crappy lid.
|11-12-2019 06:32 PM|
|11-12-2019 12:44 PM|
I did the sensible thing and got rid of the bullcrap at the top of the rail. Found enough 16 gauge hot roll to do it, too. Perfect for this.
I intend to put some beads at the top edge of the patch. Then also put a new bead on the engine side where theres a slot now. Should turn out just right as far as stiffness goes.
These are the patterns from the rocker end fix-
|11-12-2019 06:17 AM|
I didn't notice any in this area.
Also, I'm thinking of adding an angled strip inside the rail at top, but its not on my rough sketch.
However, road conditions this morning may stand in the way. Speaking of sketchy.
|11-12-2019 05:11 AM|
|123pugsy||Did the factory include any drain holes there?|
|11-11-2019 10:10 PM|
|Too Many Projects||
It was strong when new, but everything I've read the past few years about those Pantera's is that they all rust to dust because of the assembly of the structure, just like what you are seeing.
Actually saw one new in 1974. Customer of the place I worked at had one. Very exotic and cool, even if it did have a Ford engine...
I wasn't all that down on Fords at that time, yet. I bought an F150 new in '78 and that started the downward spiral of my dislike for Ford's. That tub of crap cost me a LOT of money.
|11-11-2019 09:59 PM|
Something like that there. They had two bare flat pieces layered against each other.
|11-11-2019 09:08 PM|
Only the outside piece will be a thing, and not much of one due the level of obscurity the area has when the control arm is on. Hopefully I can keep the snowball pitchable size. As in sales pitch.
The jeez factor can be softened by comparison to Mustang shock towers of like vintage. All of them! They need the same type of repairs. If a guy had to skip all the other repairs, this is the the one he does want... if he plans to drive it in an appropriately spirited manner. Why does it happen so late in the game? Because the rust hotspots weren't the big ticket part of the job, it was all that other stuff. Biggest unknowns first works. The owner came to us to buy good work, and has opted for it all along, but as you all know... there are bottoms to the deepest pockets. Pebble Beach type work doesn't interest many buyers so I do what I do. Fix and go on, asap. Without flinching at rust.
The major malfunction with the corrosion would explain easier with a sketch. Its not readily apparent when you are looking right at it.
|11-11-2019 08:07 PM|
|11-11-2019 06:56 PM|
|Too Many Projects||Just another snowball, rolling down a mountain...|
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