another saturday afternoon with a little more done. as is always the case, could have been more but other things to sort, insurance for 156 etc. then get going and friends pop round for a chat
, very welcome of course but stops progress, but would rather have friends that pop round than not
choice of things to do, the floor or the wing mounting rails. thought i'd do the wing rails as all the crap that gets ground off won't fall onto my new floors, will leave that until last
quite a bit of work to get the old panel chopped off without destroying the remaining metal but patience and liberal use of the angle grinder sorted it out
seam welded it all along inside and out, as well as a few plug welds, should be strong enough.
pic 4 shows what can be a royal pain to be sorted actually doen quite easily. when you weld near to old underseal/stoneguard the heat moves along and sets fire to it, seemingly no matter how well you scrape it back. this leaves a crispy mess that then needs to be cleaned back for the new sealant/underseal to go on which takes a lot of scraping and chiselling to get a clean edge.
the picture shows how easy it is to clean it all up quickly with my new tool, on.....
pic 5. looks pretty fierce and is, you need to use both hands for sure
but it cleans the old flaky stuff off in seconds while also giving the weld a thorough clean up. perfect for the job and another tool i'd recommend
will be trying it all on the underside when i clean that up rather than the usual scraper, but at least i will be able to put the car on its' side
last pic, a bit of seam sealer over all the welds just to neaten it up a bit but to be honest being neat and original looking isn't high on my list for this car, just good and strong will do fine