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Old 01-06-2012, 12:04 AM
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You found more shelving bars?? Nice work as usual. Next time I'm over I expect the car to be fully rebuilt and driveable!
Yeah I tought I used the last piece... on a Mustang for somekind of air tank....


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Old 01-08-2012, 04:42 PM
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Ok, I have all day to play soo lets go for another destruction rampage.
aka birdcage repairs...

I decided to rebuild the lower part of the front pillars.
As you can see, theres more rust in the passenger's side.


Sooo I started by doing the drivers side first.

Last night I looked at what had to be replaced and heres the first cut.




located the factory's spot welds and cut them using a drill bit.


then it was a much easier to pull the bad part out.



Now I know the inset isn't that bad, but I know this rust will keep going so this is why I wanted to replace it.


I didnt want to tear up the parts and I couldnt get the grinder in there.
Next step was to get out this little support out.




More rust.




so heres what's left of the inset.
It doesnt look so bad in the pics, but trust me, it's thin.


so now, I'm left with good solid material to weld on.


A view from the out side

Maybe I'll find a hand held little sandblaster like this to clean up before I weld pieces into place.


I checked the channel and it pretty solid so I wont have to rebuild it.

But now?

breakfast!

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Old 01-08-2012, 07:17 PM
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A little more progress.

I started to make the inside panel of the front pillar I took off this morning, of course using my vice and hammer.
I first made a carboard template then cut a piece of metal.



A little comparaison with the original one



trying for fit, it's getting there to make sure the bends are where they are suppose to be.


Once satisfied with the fit, I made the other part and again, check the fit.


Then I placed the little support and the front part to check if they liked beeing together.


Pretty happy with it.


Next, I have to make a new inset using a bit thicker material.

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Amazing work
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Old 01-09-2012, 12:28 AM
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Amazing work
Thank you sir.
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Amazing work
I agree you're doing a great job on the repairs.
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Amazing work
Thank you sir.
No it's us who thank you, it didn't take you long to figure out how to make a addictive thread.
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Old 01-09-2012, 02:25 AM
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Thanks Stpman,

Hey Denpo, it 's was just a matter of understanding how the *(?%?#$& cam worked LOL


Ok This afternoon I tried to sandblast the cavity where the inset will be welded.

I took the blasting gun out and made somekind of a tent using a tarp.
Wasnt too messy , less than I tought anyway but I managed to clean up the pillar a bit.




I then cut a template.


and fitted it.


Then checked everything for a tight fit.


Tomorow, IF I dont work, I'll make the inset and button up everything.

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Old 01-09-2012, 03:04 PM
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This morning I made the steel inset.
The piece of steel I used was allready galvanized, I left it that way (might help rust a bit).

I'll just be carefull when I weld it about gasses.



Then I bent it and fitted into the cavity.


checked to make sure it was a snug fit.


Then assembled the part to see if I had any fitting issues.
Looks good.


Next. I'll tack weld everything together turn the cage upside down and make the hole.

Ill see after cleaning this little support in front of the pillar , if I have to make another one.


Then I'll call this front pillar DONE!
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Old 01-09-2012, 05:23 PM
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Man that is a lot of work, I give you credit for bringing it back. I think I would have parted it out by now. Keep up the nice work and documentation.
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