Next was the removal of the cowl side panel. It was in a rather sorry state. I cut the welds on the A pillar and the front part welded to the firewall was rusted through, so it didn't take much effort to remove. After I had it removed, I could get a good look at the inside of the A pillar. New metal is on the agenda apparently. With it being tight in this area, and the fact that I have wanted one for a while, I picked up a small twenty pound sandblaster. It did a great job of cleaning up the metal. The downside is that the black beauty tends to get everywhere. That was even with the area tightly closed off with tarps. Good thing I know how to use a broom.
I could now get a really good look at what needed to be done. Needed some patches up top, and I needed to pound out a dent that was in the middle of the panel. Using my various methods of cutting, I was able to get all the weak and rusted metal out, and new metal welded in. Didn't have to do too much weld cleanup since nobody is going to see it anyway. Just smoothed them out a little bit. Got it all painted and ready for the next stage.
|This is rather ugly. I am going to try and reconstruct it. I will need to find some pics of this area to help get the proper contours.|
|Just some small holes, shouldn't be too difficult.|
|Some more small stuff.|
|and it gets ugly again.|
|Not too bad|
|Going to need to find some pics and measurements for this area as well.|
|You can just see the dent in the A pillar on the right.|
|Inner view of the rust.|
|The metal is practically rusted away in the top left corner.|
|Starting the repairs|
|Not too shabby if I do say so myself. No more dent.|
|Got some paint on it, and it looks pretty good.|
|I didn't take a whole of pics during the cleanup and rebuild of this whole thing. I kinda just got started and blew through it. You can just see some of the welds in the top corner. Looks much better now.|