It's full summer now, so it's to the point where I can't stand to work in the midday heat, so I'm moving my garage time to evenings.
|The seam sealer (3M
08656) showed up last
week, so time to apply it in here. |
Took a grinding stone to the obvious welds, too. Still need to use the Roloc sanding disks on them.
Seam sealer is a
little too thick to apply pretty with a paintbrush, so I applied it ugly.|
Even though there's the large access hole, I am not sure how I am going to seal the insides of the panel once I weld it in. Still need to paint the whole inside area too, and strip/prime/paint the replacement panel.
|Cut the passenger side cowl panel out. I had expected this side to be in much worse shape than the driver's side, but in some ways it's actually better. I won't have to replace the entire front panel, but I think I will have to do the outer edge/lip. Lower panel looks a little worse than the other side.|
|Confirmed (pic through the access hole thing): there is rust far forward on the pass footwell. Figured there was. Expect there's similar on the driver's side, but I haven't confirmed that yet.|
|and from the front. Note the crappy rust-inducing foam.|
Guess what that induced?
This will look really nice once it's done.
Plenty of other holes I need to seal up in the firewall/cowl area too.
I assume some are needed for other purposes.|
I know there's the two-port vacuum line that goes through the firewall, and I imagine a line goes to the flapper at the top of the cowl; there will be a hole for that. Not sure grommet size but I reckon it's attached to the AC controls.
Several ports that look to be for radio antenna, including one that appears to be an antenna bulkhead connector. That might be a nice thing to have.
|A positive surprise: I cut the headliner away expecting to find
rust-holes, but only (thick) surface rust. I guess I need to find a
replacement gasket for the sunroof so I can pull this out. I suppose I
won't be replacing the roof panel.|
Will need to take a wire brush to all this insulation. Once it's primed/painted, I'm guessing Dynamat or a Dynamat-a-like. Possibly LizardSkin... but it'll need something.
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