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Where's the syrup?? 

[align=left]Jeff T.

 

When I die I want to die like grandpa, peacefully in my sleep... not screaming, like his passengers. [/align]

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19 hours ago, droptop73 said:

Where's the syrup?? 

Came later BUT, I actually prefer mine with caster sugar. And while on the subject of pancakes, in my opinion, pancakes are at their best the next morning, at room temp :-)

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This is a great write up, I have leak in the same spot and was wondering how to get to it.  When you removed the frame  section does the front end stay together solid?  And how many hours did that repair take? I have to pay someone!

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4 hours ago, RIBS said:

This is a great write up, I have leak in the same spot and was wondering how to get to it.  When you removed the frame  section does the front end stay together solid?  And how many hours did that repair take? I have to pay someone!

After removing that frame section that sits on top everything stayed together perfectly. Mind you, I have my car standing on the ground, not on a lift, might make a difference, dunno...

The hours, you cannot compare the time I needed as I am not experienced. Everything I do with the car takes a LOT longer compared to a professional :-)

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Today work started on the RH cowl. Starting by removing the thing on top that probably has a name but I have no clue what it is:

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It looked kinda OK underneath:

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I decided to try a new type of spotweld drill today. It makes bigger holes but less mess:

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It worked very well:

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The part under the windshield has some kind of sealant underneath that's rather sticky. I used these to loosen things up. Especially the pointy one was very helpful as it's easy to get in:

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And then, surprise, surprise, a load of rust:

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You can't see it very well in the picture but there are a few holes, especially undrneath the window it's bad. As I'm replacing the original heater with a modern one that doesn't use outside air, I'm going to put in a patch without the hole.

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To be continued...

 

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  • 2 weeks later...

So there's a bit of progress. Before cutting away the crap there was one thing to measure, I just didn't know how. In the end I did it like this:

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The heater bolts on to this and since I want to put one back I am going to need this piece of metal back at the same spot...

Now the cutting can continue! See:

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Time to start making a patch:

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There are a few clear and straight folds that are easy to create:

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3 to be exact:

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Worked on the front of the patch first, lots of little flat surfaces there:

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Then the rear where it goes up in a curve:

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This is our cat, he's fantastic:

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Then finally I started to make it fit which involved walking back and forth from my car to the workbench 1000 times, each time measuring, comparing, bending, hammering, cutting or shaving to make it fit better. In the end it fits perfectly and I've made sure to have enough gap around it so that welding will be easy:

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Next up will be welding it in!

 

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