Well, I got the axle tubes dropped off at the transaxle shop so it is up to them now to finish the transaxle.
I was going to wait and have them painted at the same time as the pan, but the timing just didn't work. I didn't want to have parts sitting at the transaxle shop (it's been 3 months already) for a variety of different reasons.
I also got the napoleon hat ears media blasted. Karl at A Strip Center has been great and always gets me in quickly and efficiently.
When I got back from the blaster, I put a layer of my Master Series paint, but did find out that I hadn't sealed the lid properly and had about 3/4 quarts that was hardened. I ordered more and it should be here next week.
That was on Wednesday. Today, I started off by cleaning the inside of the tunnel with a degreaser and plenty of water. I then took a heat gun and my shop vac on "blower" mode and made sure to dry it for a good hour. I'm getting ready for the special paint I have for the inside of the tunnel which encapsulates rust. It's called Internal Frame Coating made by Eastwood.
I finished putting the ear and bottom plate on the driver's side and started the passenger.
|Top part or Napoleon's hat ear|
|Inside of the ear, with the special encapsulating paint, before I welded. I'll go back later and get another coat but it is a bit more difficult as there are only a few holes once it is all sealed up.|
|Test fit. The gap near the two holes is factory, I replicated it exactly as the other side and also reference pictures.|
|Before I painted the other side, and also this one, I took a wire wheel attached to a drill and got all the crusty pieces of rust off as best I could. That way the paint holds well.|
The finished result; needs a better grind and also welded from the bottom (which is really the top) side.