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Monday, October 2, 2017

Triumph Spitfire Body Repair #28 - Lower A Post Installation (RH Side)

I have finally made some actual progress and got the lower A post installed (a new repair piece from Rimmer Bros. (they're having a 15% off sale, by the way...my cart is already full!)). First, the video:

Even though there was progress, I don't really have a lot to explain or say. It was a day filled with many iterative fittings and measurements and what-not to make sure that I didn't repeat the problems I  made for myself on the driver's side on the passenger's side. I'm confident that I did not.

What is boiled down to  (the video gives a better view of the process) was fitting up the pieces, locking them in with vise grips, and making marks. I ended up cutting down the bottom of the new lower A post piece by about 1/2".  I was really leery about doing this, but the support inside of the upper A post only went up so far, so I was pretty confident it was correct.

Once I was happy with the fit, I locked it in with vise grips and plug welded the corners. I had my son with me today, so I let him finish the job (which you can see in the video).

And in. Still need to do interior portion.

The plug welds for the inner supports in the upper A post. Not pretty, but they should hold.

Interior welds yet to be done.

Realize that fitting  the lower A post was not done in a vacuum. I went as far as to fit the entire sill assembly (inner, strengthener and outer sills), fitting the door and verifying measurements. It wasn't perfect, but it'll do.

Marks on the outer sill to ensure I get back to this point when I'm ready to weld it in.

This process literally took me 4 hours. Yes, four! Like I said, I'm a bit gun-shy now with making sure everything fits properly, so I wanted to be extra sure. But, with that done, and with limited time left before a soccer game, I revisited the driver's side door.

In short, I made no progress. It still fits as poorly as before, but I wanted the extra set of hands to help me maneuver it just to be sure. I'm still not positive what I'm going to do on this side...

Still minimal gap at the bottom. Frustrating.

That was about it for the day. Again, the video gives a better account of what all we did, but it is what it is.

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