Countdown to quarter!
I finished the maintenance on the El Camino (see the El Camino pages for details) so it was time to get back to work on the Malibu.
There was a list of things that needed to happen before I could install the pass quarter -
Fix the sticky window
Patch the hole in the side near the rear window regulator
Before I could patch that hole, I had to replace the rear seat plan.
Today, it all began.
|The bracket is in the way of doing any real work in this corner of the seat-pan.|
|I started a bit more aggressively on cutting that bracket out of the way. It shouldn't be too hard to weld the cuts back together. Here's what it looks like under the bracket.|
|I wanted to leave the seat-bottom-bracket attached for now, I didn't want to try to get it to line back up later.|
|Here's what was left after I cut out what I wanted to cut out.|
|I used the panel I cut out to mark which portion of this panel. Used a silver paint-marker for this, worked great.|
|Umm.. oops? I failed to measure how far up the pan covered before cutting out the old one. While some may think that this is a major screw-up, I'll just claim that I meant to do this and it'll all work out.|
|Here's the rusted panel that needs to be fixed before the new quarter goes on.|
|And here's what it looks like once if was replaced.|
|Can't really see, but the inner part of the panel is also taken care of. The gaps at the front edge of the seat-pan don't need to be fixed before the quarter goes on.. the only reason I needed to get the rest of the seat pan installed before I could do the quarter is because the side panel has a flange that sits on top of the seat pan.|
|(no pic)||The sticky window was taken care of by a large volume of white lithium grease.|
|I've tack-welded the quarter in place and drilled the holes for the emblem. I had read somewhere a discussion about another way to replace quarters - namely, tack them in place, then use a body-saw to cut between the tacks so you can butt-weld it instead of the lap-weld the driver's side was done with. I don't have a body-saw though. I'll try with a sabresaw. I found today that if I use the cutoff wheel, the gap ends up too large.|
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