Long long time no update again, but progress continues to crawl along. I got the lower dash rail and parcel shelf welded in which pretty much brings the repairs to the front of the car to their torturous conclusion.
Selling the spot welder that I just couldn’t seem to get along with raised enough folding money to splurge out on most of the panels needed for the back end, but before that I needed to close up the gap left between the door step repair panel and the back edge of the door frame
I do have a close up of the repair I lovingly crafted to close this gap up, but let’s just say you can tell I hadn’t used the welder for awhile...... 🤨 luckily most of it will be hidden behind the rear side panel - speaking of which here it is test fitted
The fit at the bottom front edge isn’t great but nothing some enthusiasm with a hammer can’t fix
Next I pinned the wheel arch in place, again not a bad fit, but it will need some massaging into place.
Flushed with all this progress I slapped a clean & strip disc into the angle grinder and started to strip the e coat off the new panels to prep them for welding. I stripped the wheel arch back, refitted it to make sure I’d taken enough off, realised it needed a touch more and picked up the angle grinder without putting my gloves back on.... bet some of you already know where this is going.......
This is the waiting in a&e shot with my home brew bandage losing the battle, and here’s the professionals neater job covering up some nice stitches 🤬
Needless to say that stopped play for the day, and proof that those clean & strip discs are as lethal as a cutting disc - be careful out there folks!