Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Day 23

Well, after plenty of practicing...I decided to do some real welding!  I cut the patch piece from my donor pan, about 1/2" too big and then slowly cut, shaped, and filed the piece so it fit like a glove.
test fit
I did my stitch welding technique moving around the pan.
slowly
all welded
brushed
grinded
holes filled (bottom left), rubber mat studs installed, battery hold down welded, panel welded in!

Circled areas above need a little attention before I paint either with some more weld material or hammer/dolly work.

Only two instances of blow through.  Made some adjustments to technique and was happy with the results.

I sourced a used napoleon's hat in California and needed it ASAP so I drove the 4 hours each way to pick it up.  I will be working on disassembling the piece so I can get what I need out of it and then welding it in.

some dirt and spider webs, but no worse for wear.

I also got a correct 1958 fender that needs a bit of work, but will be good for the project!

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