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The sunroof, while it was a nicely fitted accessory, it had cracked from each corner. They had even gone to the trouble of rounding the corners, but the section inside the roof still made it crack. With the life this car will now have, I doubt it will ever crack again ........





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While the outer body is almost done, I started all the issues underneath. Some captive nuts were missing on the gear stick surround & seat mounts ......





New nuts in place .......



Floor had holes brazed up where someone had bolted up exhaust brackets, they must have fallen off fairly quickly going by the cracks ......





Cut out the area, made sections to fit in there, then welded them in .......







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Gearbox cross member (outers) had taken a beating over the years from misplaced floor jacks .......





It was just a matter of using the plasma cutter & removing each section, beating smooth & welding back in .......





Rear spring front mount got some attention as well ......



Other splits, cracks & non-stock holes were welded .......











Almost done, another weld was run around the low spots, then refinished ....





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Found an issue with the LH outer rail where it connects to the body. It had been rusty some time back & had been repaired using body metal (0.95mm thick instead of 1.4mm). So that section had to go & a new piece made up .........



Notice they had not cut the rust out, merely covered it up ........



Now it has the original strength back .......



Floating rail that takes the gearbox mount now aligned & repaired ........



Front cross member support now repaired ......





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Big Mc, I know I tend to repeat this but WOW! That sub frame surprise was interesting. Do you think it was rust or a tear from the prang involving PO2?

Brackets 'falling off quickly' and 'non standard cracks'- I could syndicate you. I must admit you had me worried as I opened the post into the sunroof shot with you talking about it being non standard. When I first glanced at the pic I thought 'oh shit, he filled the sunroof!' Thankfully I was wrong. Thanks for taking car of the cross member- looks superb.

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You do alright work, but Harry needs a payrise.


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Yes, Harry did a marvellous job keeping the old bloke awake.


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Is that all you did yesterday Smile but seriously, your workmanship is amazing, you are a very talented man, Jacko is very lucky as that car is going to be amazing when finished, even if its the other brand


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Rusted section spotted under the battery area .......



Used a hole saw to cut out the section, that way I could use a circular piece of steel (again 1.4mm thick) ......



All welded, ground & ready for paint .......



I now have all the bits I need to get the shell back on wheels. That will happen once I have the underside cleaned, primed & in colour (black). Some sound deadener, bit more filler work on the outside & primer will happen in the next couple of days. Then some panels repaired & bolted up & off to StMarys Prestige Smash Repairs for a coat of Sebring Orange ....... Like


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Love your work Big Mc! If any other person than you took to it with a hole saw there would be trouble.

I am intrigued by the subframe. How id you know or suspect it was dodgy? I did not notice it the other week and it is no clearer in that first shot.


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Good work. I love these build threads.


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I am intrigued by the subframe. How id you know or suspect it was dodgy? I did not notice it the other week and it is no clearer in that first shot.


I had not seen it until I got it in the right light. Then I could see the weld. It is the outer rail where the inner had the dodgy bolt, so we were both looking in that direction, but not right at it. Shrug


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I did not get a pic, but the inner pinch weld on the RH front rail had been cut & hammered flat. I figured it was for exhaust header clearance. So to make it look like what Holden did for clearance (one side for the steering box, the other side for the idler arm), I cut the flanges back & rounded the ends, then MIG welded them up badly just like they did in 1969 ....... Wink2



Showing the clearance it will provide ......





This is what Holden did for the idler arm ......





Now for a little trivia history lesson. Laughing

MIG welding became commonly available for manufacturing, here in Australia, in the late 60's, spreading to panelbeating shops in the early 70's.

It had began in earnest in the early 60's for the USA for manufacturing, but funnily enough, was probably the 80's before they became common in body shops.

On the production lines here (& probably over in the USA as well) there was little instruction on the MIG machines, just basically "set it at this & aim like this, now press the trigger". That is why on these old cars, we see lots of spatter & bits of wire stuck in places where welding had occurred.


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"then MIG welded them up badly just like they did in 1969"

From what I've seen since finding this forum, I don't believe it would be in you to do anything badly.
It's always a pleasure to see a true craftsmen plying his trade.


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ants wrote
"then MIG welded them up badly just like they did in 1969"

From what I've seen since finding this forum, I don't believe it would be in you to do anything badly.
It's always a pleasure to see a true craftsmen plying his trade.


Kiss arse(sorry yank iron, so ass..),... just let the old fella make his excuses for his chookshit.. Snigger


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