Where does the time go?
Some progress made:
The back corners inside the boot are in pretty bad shape.
Started some cutting with the aim of keeping that rear-subframe mounting bracket in place. The new boot-side panel seems designed to be placed over top of the floor rather than fully replacing it. Wants to get mounted on top of that bracket. Here is the space ready for the new panel.
Also interesting that the replacement panel has flanges bent upwards... whereas the floor it is replacing was spot-welded in between the boot panels and the valance. Not entirely sure exactly what I'll do about that.
I did manage to extricate and clean up this bracket from the rear back corner. I'll weld that back in once I get the new floor in.
Before I get that in place I first needed to repair the wheel well panel and that back bottom section of the rear quarter panel.
Not the prettiest, but does seem sealed. Still getting a handle on the welding of sheet.
Now the lower quarter panel.
Not bad. I'm pretty happy with my work shaping that panel. I will be replacing the entire bottom few inches of the rear panel with the boot opening... so didn't spot-weld that side of the seam yet.
I just bought a compressor and am having good success using it to help cool down the sheet welds every few tacks. Speeds things up.
I've been using 16 gauge sheet for my replacement parts... I can get it flush on the outside but of course the inside it will sit slightly proud. I'm not concerned about this and my success with welding the 16 gauge is significantly higher. I tend to burn through the thinner sheet.