Progress has slowed to a crawl it seems. It always seems like that in the beginning anyway. Disassembly appears like a lot of progress because you see so much change, but that’s an illusion. You have to pace yourself with these things, and always be thinking of the end product. Having done a couple cars already I know what I’m getting into. It’s a lot of a head game.
So the past couple weeks have been a lot, A LOT, of cutting, welding, grinding, more cutting, more welding, you get the point. I’ve been focused all that time in the reconstruction of the rear valance. The body shop left the whole valance open to the elements and it just filled up with debris and moisture. It was totally rotten and had to come off.
Thank the lord I inherited a bunch of sheet metal tools from my brother who got them from a friend or this job would be 100 times harder. Having a sheet metal brake where I can bend 24+ inch pieces of sheet metal is a HUGE deal. I have to recreate a lot of weather stripping tabs, and it would have been a real bitch without these tools.
On top of that I had to spend a bunch of time straightening out the inner panels the body shop left all wrinkled up. I need to do this so that I can eventually seal up the whole inner fender wells and rear valance where the rear frame bolts are hidden. Or the rust will just return again.
Anyway, here’s a few shots of the progress at the valance. Once I got all the major patches back onto the body I dry fitted the tailgate to make sure it all fits as expected. So far so good. Slow and steady wins the race.