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tdskip
08-28-2009, 11:54 AM
OK, OK. So the passenger side repair left a lot to be desired. I'm going to have to go in and butt weld the floor patch in. In my defense, I didn't need to remove as much metal on that side and wanted to keep the reference points, but still, that side leaves a lot of room for improvement. I'm not quite done cleaning up the front/back points but the middle long weld came out pretty well I think.

If I can do this, so can you guys!

Now on to the driver side, and with more room to work and thicker floor metal this came out much better. The floor looks worse than it actually is, it cleans up nicely with aggressive wire brushing and took the welds just fine.

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/1971TR6floorrepair8-28-091.jpg

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/1971TR6floorrepair8-28-092.jpg

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/1971TR6floorrepair8-28-093.jpg

I still need to trim the outside edge back some, but better to trim than have to try and add metal on an edge, right?

pjsmetana
08-28-2009, 12:19 PM
Dang, that looks pretty good. Little trimming and grinding needed but otherwise looks spot on.

tomgt6
08-28-2009, 12:56 PM
Looks good. I will bring over some of my projects.

TR4nut
08-28-2009, 01:26 PM
Tom-

That looks fantastic. Just curious, did you worry about the bottom side at all when you did this? I bought some copper plate with the idea I'd back up weld areas with it which should keep one side smooth. But I'm not sure that technique is that good especially if the copper takes too much heat away from the weld area.

Randy

tdskip
08-28-2009, 02:07 PM
Hi Randy - I wire brushed and cleaned the underside of course, but otherwise did not take any other steps. I've found that the penetration usually works out OK, and some minor touch up with an angle grinder takes care of it.

Was that what you were asking?

TR4nut
08-28-2009, 02:19 PM
Yep. Thanks!

tdskip
08-28-2009, 02:23 PM
About to go after this on one your projects Randy?

TR4nut
08-28-2009, 02:56 PM
About to go after this on one your projects Randy?


Yes, but on a time scale which will make it seem like I'm doing nothing at all, which is the way most of my projects drag out! Seriously, as soon as it cools down here a bit to make garage work bearable I will be attempting some of this. I've practiced on some scraps and I found that panel work is a little tricky - getting reasonable penetration without blowing through the metal has been tough.

Randy

mikecyc72usa
08-28-2009, 06:53 PM
About to go after this on one your projects Randy?


Yes, but on a time scale which will make it seem like I'm doing nothing at all, which is the way most of my projects drag out! Seriously, as soon as it cools down here a bit to make garage work bearable I will be attempting some of this. I've practiced on some scraps and I found that panel work is a little tricky - getting reasonable penetration without blowing through the metal has been tough.

Randy

When it cools down? Ugh, IF it cools down is how I'm feeling this year. I have a pedestal oscillating fan in my garage, and can get about 2 hours in there after dark with the door open. I'm trying to have my car ready for Texas All British Car Days in Round Rock next month. It will be close...

tdskip
08-28-2009, 07:05 PM
Some more progress;

As you can see, these sills aren't quite the right shape. It took about an hour of re-working them to have the same contour of the existing sills. I don't think I noticed this yesterday since I lap welded the passenger side in.

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/DSCN3225.jpg


https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/DSCN3226.jpg


https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/DSCN3227.jpg

Not the best job of aligning the holes. I started off thinking I would stagger them, but.....

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/DSCN3228.jpg

Test fitting and clamping

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/DSCN3229.jpg


https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/DSCN3230.jpg

Initial welds

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/DSCN3231.jpg


https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/DSCN3232.jpg

It took a lot of hammering once the bottom and lap welds on the rear most side where in place to get everything to line up.

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/DSCN3233.jpg

Certainly not perfect, but I don't think you'll be able to easily notice the repair once ground down and the seam filler has been installed.

I did some more shaping and the gap you can see on the front is closed up now.

apbos
08-28-2009, 08:16 PM
Go Skip Go!!!!!!
I've been doing a little body work on the doors so I know they will line up correctly when I weld up the floors. I have one door that the po had open up and break the stop. Classic door dent.........Very difficult to pull out with the stud welder and then shape. I used a little lead and a little filler and the lines look good. Don't forget to keep on checking the door gaps as you move on......... " Roger Williams"


Paul

tdskip
08-28-2009, 08:25 PM
Let's see some pictures Paul!

I hear you on the door gaps. At some point I need to tackle the rockers in the TR3 and currently those door gaps are good, so I'm going to brace like crazy and make sure I get some strength back into it.

apbos
08-28-2009, 08:40 PM
Before
https://farm4.static.flickr.com/3003/2863292807_dd52b5e2db.jpg

After pulling, some lead and then a few thin coats of filler. I'll give it a shot of primer and and then shoot a guide coat to do some final touch up.
https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2447/3866543390_c509f4e3d4.jpg
Paul