This visit involved continued preparations on getting the boot floor patch in. As I mentioned previously, I decided that I would be better served getting the rear wing strengthener in first as access was excellent, so that's what I did. I didn't have a whole lot of time in this visit, but I got that done.
First, I had to cut the old stuff out. I went a bit lower all around this time as this side wasn't quite as bad as the other.
|What I cut out. Bottom few inches is gone.|
|Cancerous portion removed.|
As with the other side, of course, the strengthener and outer wheel arch are all on piece, so I had to try to make them one piece again. For this side, I chose to not separate the flange from the inner wheel arch quite as high as I did on the driver's side. I was also smarter about the amount of original (non-damaged) metal I cut away and was able to make it work.
|Rough fit. Note how the front edge slips under the flange.|
|View of front union from the wheel well.|
|Same view, different angle.|
Once I get fit right, I tacked it in, running a bead along the remaining portion of the lower outer wheel arch and the new strengthener.
|Closeup of the bead.|
Once that was done, I bent the flange back as flush as possible and gave it a few good plug welds to replace the drilled out spot welds.
|Full shot of the repair. Much better, though some weld cleanup remains.|
In addition to this repair, the upper strengthener where the rear valance attaches, on both sides, had some cancer and were also damaged when I was removing the rear valance. This required two rather small triangle repair patches.
|Closeup of one side of the damage.|
|The two damaged pieces, one from each side.|
|Damage removed. Tight fit for the cutting wheel in here.|
I had to use a hacksaw blade to removed the triangle as it was tight for my 3" penumatic cutoff wheel. I made it work, though.
Thankfully, it was much easier to weld the replacement pieces in than it was to remove them!
|Passenger's side done. Need to remove the point of the triangle, obviously.|
|Driver's side done.|
That was about it for the visit. Still mulling over my approach to the repair for the rear taillight. But, the next visit should decide which way I go and I should also get the boot floor patch in. We'll see! Cheers.