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Starting with the floorboards

Posted 04-06-2009 at 12:49 AM by BA.

One thing I knew I'd doing on this car was some welding of a few patch panels and quarter-panels.
I've never welded anything in my life, never been taught it either so I was a little nervous.
I'm using my Dad's Lincoln 70amp welder since he won't use it on his 1939 Chevy truck.
I plan to learn as I go.

So, with that ground work laid, don't expect pretty, row-of-nickels kind of welding here.

I'm shocked at how even pitted metal that hits good with a hammer can STILL easily get a hole blown through it with the welder on it's lowest setting! Gotta cut holes much bigger than I had thought!

HERE'S HOW SHE LOOKS UNDER THAT NASTY CARPET.


HERE YOU CAN SEE THE HOLE IN THE UPPER LEFT OF THE PICTURE.
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    SO THAT DOLLAR-SIZED HOLE ENDED UP NEEDING A PATCH ABOUT 7" x 9" DUE TO PITTED, THIN METAL. THIS IS BEFORE I GROUND IT DOWN.


    Still a "Work in Progress". This is after applying Eastwood Rust Encapsultor on the patched area, and using a wire brush and Kleen brand Rust Converter on the floorboards. Finished off with some Rust-Oleum Professional Grey Enamel I had laying around for some added protection.
    Note the hole in the passenger footwell, that is next on the list.


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    Posted 04-06-2009 at 12:57 AM by BA. BA. is offline
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    Posted 04-06-2009 at 12:18 PM by BA. BA. is offline
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    Here's a few shots of the work I got going on under the rear seat.
    I seriously considered a half-pan for behind the driver but in the interest of the budget, and knowing I'm going to put protection on both sides, I chose the patch route.

    My welding is getting a little bit better. I really need one of those copper spoon things to use as a backing for this butt-welding.






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    Posted 04-15-2009 at 03:22 PM by BA. BA. is offline
    Updated 04-15-2009 at 07:17 PM by BA.
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    Ok, it's not really as rust colored as the last 2 pictures show. The first one is accurate though.

    Gotta fix that last hole, cover the panels with Rust Encapsulater and then use a wire brush on the rest before covering it with Rust Converter-to-black-primer spray and a coat of spray paint.
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    Posted 04-15-2009 at 07:18 PM by BA. BA. is offline
    Updated 04-16-2009 at 12:57 AM by BA.
 
 
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