The Welding Continues

The Welding Continues

It’s getting better all the time …my welding. Slowly, but constantly. I own another issue: “measure twice (even better 3 times), cut once”. My friend who jokes all the time says “i already cut it 3 times and it’s still short” 🙂

I flipped the car upside-down and welded all the patches on the floor.

Behind the front left wheel, under the front crossbeam and the rocker panel. I partially cut the front crossbeam and now i need to shape the new part.
Left side under the driver’s seat.
Left side under the driver’s seat.
Left side in front of the back wheel.
Right side under the passenger’s seat.
Right side under the passenger’s seat.
Right side under the passenger’s seat.
Right side in front of the back wheel.

Then i flipped the car to its normal position.

Driver’s side inside.
Passenger’s door inside.
Passenger’s door inside.
Passenger’s door inside.

Next the upper rocker panels for the doors.

Driver’s door – back side.

The joint of the door rocker panel looks ugly, but actually is OK, because the fit of the spare parts was no perfect.

Driver’s door – middle.

The patches on the floor are welded only outside. I will add few drops inside only where needed.

Driver’s door – middle.
Driver’s door – front side.

Next i welded the shock absorbers domes. The left one fitted perfectly to the hole.

Front left shock absorber dome.

I also welded the cable holder.

Front left shock absorber dome.

The visible trace at the end of the new panel is where i cleaned with gas and clean/dry cloth before the welding. After the welding (and on all “naked” sheet metal) i add some used oil to prevent the “fox” (a light surface rust). Clean oil is better than clean a rust.

Front right shock absorber dome.

The main (first) welding is at the top. Here the gaps are visible well. I will grind, prime with zinc and add a little body filler to make the shock absorbers domes as pretty as i can. This is the only visible welded place and it has to look good.

Front right shock absorber dome.

Then i flipped the car to 90 degrees and spotted the shock absorbers domes at the bottom side.

Front left shock absorber dome.
Front left shock absorber dome.

I welded a nut M5 for the brake fluid container holder. It is ugly, because i did an overhead welding for which i have no skills 🙂

Front right shock absorber dome.

The above picture looks like i was drunk, but i wasn’t 🙂

Front right shock absorber dome.

The right shock absorber dome didn’t go so well. When i cut the hole i left a gap “i already cut it 3 times and it’s still short” (marked with 3 on the picture). When i removed the overlapping sheet metal (marked with 1) it opened another gap (marked with 2). I had to shape another pieces of sheet metal for those gaps.

Notes

  • The workshop needs a good light. Also a few portable lights.
  • The spots that will be welded have to be clean – gas, acetone, metal brush (grinder).
  • Don’t hurry. Measure 3 times, cut once!
  • Before cut and weld, look at the other side to avoid cutting, welding or melting something that shouldn’t be.

After the welding is finished i will spray with zinc primer, add polyurethane to all the weldings and paint.

God have mercy.

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