Thursday, May 5, 2011

Rot and Welding

Now that the body is up on sawhorses my attention has turned to addressing the rust and rot on the underside of the body and elsewhere. I've posted a few pictures on the Body & Paint page of what I've found so far. By far the worst rot is in the front firewall and front sections of the heater channels. A few weeks ago I ordered a new firewall from OEVeedub/Mid America Motorworks. (MAM recently bought OEVeedub.)


Getting it welded however has proven to be far more difficult than I expected it to be. While my father-in-law has a truck and motorcycle trailer he's been working a lot lately and arranging a time to transport it somewhere and back hasn't worked out. I've also been out of luck finding someone that can come out to my house to do the work. So as of right now I'm stuck until I can get the welding done.

I'm continuing to probe at the body looking for additional rust. Just like with the pan the undercoating in the fender wells and elsewhere hides small holes. Along with the rot I've noted above I've also got a large-ish hole in the passenger side cross member and small holes in the fender wells and a few other spots.