You'll recall my B pillar support was bent near the bottom. I borrowed a stud welder and slide hammer but that didn't work, the studs pulled right off. Then I put a bottle jack behind the bent metal and tried to push it out. Nope.
Then...it hit me! Just cut out the bent metal, straighten it off the car and weld it back in.
And from the front. You'll notice I haven't ground the welds all the way down yet. I've learned it's very easy to make the metal too thin, even though it looks nice. The quarter panel covers most of this and the rest is covered by the aluminum trim....I'll likely leave them there.
wow thats UUUGGGGLYYY
its amazing to me how bad these cars get
and how many people have had to do this kind of thing
it must be near 80% of the coupes have had this kind of thing done
luckily my came literally rust free when i got it back in 86.
and i was able to keep it 99 percent up to snuff
OK, the work continues. The W&N outer rocker fit is a little off in spots and will need some fettling...but it can be done.
Before I get to that I wanted to have the door done so I can pop it on and check the fit as I go through next steps. That meant the replacement skin had to be put on. The original door skin had lost the mid character line.
Now I know I have my character line back, and it's going to line up between the door and the quarter. Also, the door gaps are pretty good with the new door skin and there is no more rust in the door. So I can get back to that rocker knowing when it all comes together permanently there are no surprises waiting.
And for fun, what the other side of the car looks like...