|Continuing the unending saga of the car that will end up made entirely of weld bead. Start with the front of the wheelwell.|
|and weld it.|
|Cleaned up, and the bits in front also done. Hopefully this will properly approximate the correct shape in the long run.|
|Once is happenstance. Twice is a coincidence. Three times is
This is probably numbers three and four (4" cutoff wheels from HF). These kinda suck - they break off in chunks and get out of round. Didn't have that problem with the previous (probably Northern Tool) versions.
A reminder-to-self to not buy these again.
The perforations in the footwell have become a tear, or two tears as the
case may be. |
Bonus for the eagle-eyed: You can see the tunnel starting to tear as well, at the bottom.
|Really only one thing to do about this:|
|This gets me partway there, but I don't want to try and manually bend a replacement for the tunnel-hump - I guarantee it won't be "right".|
|I Have Heard that the floorpans from 1st gen A bodies are
correct for this generation El Camino.|
Oddly enough, I have part of a passenger footwell from the Chevelle. Let's find out.
|Yes, the hump is damn near identical. The seat belt mount (on the right here) is not quite the same - was smaller on the earlier pan.|
|So next up for this side of the footwell is seam sealer. Before we
seal, we have to prime, so I mixed up some epoxy primer.|
It's cold out - like 50F in the garage. Hopefully it'll cure overnight.
It did not cure overnight. No working on the footwell for me.
That's fine though; I've got other work to do.
There is rust on the quarter in front of the wheel. |
Never thought I'd say it about this car, but the rust wasn't as bad as I anticipated here.
|This is the rust in the wheelwell. This is exactly as bad as I anticipated.|
If you look closely in the rocker you can see the wide variety of rust
enhancing foam that the car has been treated with. |
Here I've already removed quite a bit.
|This is not the sum total of the foam I pulled out. Some of the
dirt was still moist.|
That's a more interesting statement if I point out that the car has been in a garage since 2006.
|I've cut out the rust from the outer panel.|
|Also cut it out from the inner.|
|Used the aluminum tape to make templates.|
|This is the trimmed panel for the inner.|
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