Front subframe disassembled and parts loaded into a storage container to keep things organized. Unfortunately, most of these grimy, crusty bits are being replaced with new parts so I suppose I'll just close the lid on this and keep them for future use.
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The removal of the wings was a mixture of careful cutting and outright hackery. The wings and front panel were replacement panels and in very good condition however in the past someone welded the wings to the scuttle panel. That combined with the bubblegum welds holding on the inner wings meant that a lot of cutting would be involved and much of it not very pretty.
Since the scuttle panel is going to be replaced, I cut into the corners. The underlying closing panels had been crudely tacked into place but welded solidly enough in some areas to hold water, debris and the wings.
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The inner wings were cut away ahead of the bulkhead and not just because they were a dented, welded, rusty mess...the new subframe and Honda engine requires more room and custom inner wings will be fabricated at a later date.
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IMG_8203 by vudufl, on Flickr
Free at last.
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The remnants of the inner wings are next on the list of bits to cut away. They may not look that bad and in fact they are mostly rust-free, however the Frankenstein patches, warped sections and bubblegum welds all add up to a mess that is better replaced with some fresh panels. I know that they wouldn't be seen but I'd know that hackery was there .
IMG_8211 by vudufl, on Flickr