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Repairing the Inner Fender Apron

March 25th, 2010 No comments

I put the radiator in to test fit, and found that the battery is in the way. So I got the parts to move the battery to the trunk.
I put the radiator in to test fit, and found that the battery is in the way. So I got the parts to move the battery to the trunk.
I removed the battery tray, and found yet another rusted throug spot! The only way to properly repair this is to remove the whole panel and replace it. Luckily, these panels are easily obtained.
I removed the battery tray, and found yet another rusted throug spot! The only way to properly repair this is to remove the whole panel and replace it. Luckily, these panels are easily obtained.
To get access to remove the panel, i had to break down the whole front and side of the car. Took less than an hour.
To get access to remove the panel, i had to break down the whole front and side of the car. Took less than an hour.
Panel mostly removed, looking from the right side of the car towards the front.
Panel mostly removed, looking from the right side of the car towards the front.
I'm cutting the panel away with a die grinder. That is a sweet tool.
I'm cutting the panel away with a die grinder. That is a sweet tool.
inner fender apron - IMG_7071.jpg
inner fender apron - IMG_7071.jpg
inner fender apron - IMG_7073.jpg
inner fender apron - IMG_7073.jpg
test placement of the new panel
test placement of the new panel
inner fender apron - IMG_7080.JPG
inner fender apron - IMG_7080.JPG
Clecos are such good friends in this kind of work
Clecos are such good friends in this kind of work
inner fender apron - IMG_7083.JPG
inner fender apron - IMG_7083.JPG
inner fender apron - IMG_7084.JPG
inner fender apron - IMG_7084.JPG
inner fender apron - IMG_7085.JPG
inner fender apron - IMG_7085.JPG
Rosette welds every inch or so - stronger than the old spot welds
Rosette welds every inch or so - stronger than the old spot welds
The new panel didn't come with this fender mount bracket, so I took it off the old panel and welded it on.
The new panel didn't come with this fender mount bracket, so I took it off the old panel and welded it on.
inner fender apron - IMG_7088.JPG
inner fender apron - IMG_7088.JPG
I ground the welds down to make them smooth.
I ground the welds down to make them smooth.
inner fender apron - IMG_7090.JPG
inner fender apron - IMG_7090.JPG
inner fender apron - IMG_7091.JPG
inner fender apron - IMG_7091.JPG
Looking good painted and the radiator fits great
Looking good painted and the radiator fits great
inner fender apron - IMG_7082.JPG
inner fender apron - IMG_7082.JPG


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Transmission tunnel repair

February 19th, 2010 No comments

So, a previous owner installed some kind of wacky shifter. In order to make room for it, they cut a big chunk out of the frame that goes across the transmission tunnel. Since I’m trying to strengthen everything now, I am going to change the shifter out, and Ray and I will build some custom shift linkage (more pics of that later) that will fit better. We’ll bend our own rods, and use rod ends instead of the stock shift linkage mounts.

Because we’ll be making the new linkage and replacing the shifter, I repaired the hole in the frame. That will certainly make things stiffer, since it’s one of the few crossmembers that exist in this old unibody car.

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Seam Welding Frame Rails

December 14th, 2009 No comments

Taking another page from Ray’s book, I’ve decided to do some seam welding. I’m doing 1″ welds, a couple inches apart, along some of the frame rails, where they meet the body panels. I guess the stock spot-welds aren’t that great as far as torsional rigidity. anyway it’s an easy enough way to add some stiffness into the body. I’m also going to weld the shock towers. There is bracing where the control arm fasteners come through the shock towers. It’s spot-welded in place and since I’m going to be asking a lot more of those joints with the larger tires and the higher speed corners on the track, I’ll go ahead and weld around those seams as well. I might not worry about it with the frame rails that I already welded to the new floor pans, because I know I welded those really strong.

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Floor Pan Work

May 24th, 2009 No comments
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