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Yesterday 09:26 PM
idrivejunk Aw I remember now. I meant to grump about surgery prep and equipment.

There was a bunch of things in the way in that dark corner of the shop so I spent my first half hour creating a workspace with clean floor and lamp. Started cutting, got about half a foot. Hose pops off, won't go back on. The coupler I've hated from day one spit out it's rubber piece. Not wanting to stop working, I grab a nearby hose with a push on coupler. Plastic with silver button kind. Brushed the button not being used to that kind. Pops off, tool hits floor, breaks the last 4" cutoff wheel which is maybe 1/3rd used up. I go to get a 3" and discover a box of 4". Oh. OK. Grab yet another hose and go to work until I realize the booth is running and I am on the paint side's compressor. Dammit. I go hunt couplers. None. Catch broom guy and ask him for one. He scores me one, sweet. Lo and behold it works like a coupler should. Oh I haven't had that since who knows when. Still hate my granite hose but I was finally able to go to work.

End of the day, I reach for my DA... won't plug into the new coupler. Asked Broom for a nipple. Again, he comes through. Nice. It was a bit of an anti-matter but I only got disgusted once.
Yesterday 07:23 PM
idrivejunk Oh. Astute observers may find, upon review of pix, that the front pinchweld flange had been beaten back flat. Folded outward and then welded. Straightening that out was probably where I made my smooth move of the day, the one that has me feeling smooth in a sandpaper kinda way.

Y'know what else? Spotted another previously bubblegummed because you can't get to it spot. Directly overhead with head in wheelwell. Where some small bracket attaches. Shaggy rust hole at the very top corner of the outer panel on this repair. On bottom side and with hole facing the cabin. Wish I hadn't found that. Did not investigate yet. Yee-haw.

I imagine this outer patch will not be one piece like the right side. Feels like I am forgetting a tidbit here but it must not be too earthshattering or I'd remember. Whutevz, I feel tired.
Yesterday 07:06 PM
idrivejunk Whew yeah, I wasn't so sure the inner rail was gonna clean up but it did. I felt the least I could do for the part above the rail was snip, blast, and re-use if possible. I may butt it back on but located the cut with a double row of plug welds in mind. Where it had one row.

Boss walked me out to the parking lot mid-afternoon to play "Can you fix this?" and the next contestant was one of those RX350s... maybe... Lexus? One of them few year old ones that are always white pearl with gold cladding and bumpers. The world would stop turning if the left quarter has to be replaced, so what am I supposed to say? Yes I can but there will be heat, I'll have to cut and pull and weld, and theres foam filled double wall at the gas door. No matter. Sky is the limit, just can you fix it. OK but every inch from the gas lid back around to the gate weatherstrip is stretched and you'll want the quarter glass out. Oh, well thats one of the things we are not doing. Well... uh... (quick, how to still sound confident? Think...) I can work around just about anything.

Who am I to say I can't? None of the gaps are bad, its just killed at the lamp corner. Aw, I made my bum wrist hurt today somehow so don't pay no mind to my grumping. If I fix it, you'll probably see it and boy am I glad its Friday eve.
Yesterday 02:00 PM
Too Many Projects Well, the good news is, you eventually found good metal to weld too...
Yesterday 12:40 PM
idrivejunk 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.

11-13-2019 06:37 PM
Originally Posted by 123pugsy View Post
Yes!! (fist pump)

Drain holes is good too.
I hoped you would approve of that butt.

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.

11-13-2019 04:17 PM
123pugsy Yes!! (fist pump)

Drain holes is good too.
11-13-2019 12:50 PM
idrivejunk 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
idrivejunk 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
idrivejunk 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
idrivejunk 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.
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