Tuesday, June 23, 2015

W113: New Life Old Soul, Ch. 11 Panel Beating

After waiting quite some time for this replacement air cleaner panel to come in from Poland (of all places), I was finally able to square the engine bay and do some metal stretching on the passenger side. The fender was replaced on this car in a past life and while they did a decent job of making the exterior cosmetically pretty, the under hood cosmetics were terrible. Those familiar with the progress thus far know what kind of molestation the engine bay went through.

I haven't been taking too many pictures of the undercoating removal, because who cares? Since I have some junk wheels/tires on the car right now, I'm thinking of rolling it outside and sandblasting the rest of the bay clean. We'll see how it goes on that front.

In the meantime, have a small but very significant update in air cleaner mounting panels! You can see how terribly molested the original panel is to the new stamped piece.

Took me a while to find my spot weld drill, but I'm glad I found it, because this panel was removed in about 10 minutes. For those that want a VERY good and long lasting spot weld drill, get the Harbor Freight one for about $5. One will last about an entire cars worth if you're not a barbarian. 

Here's the frame rail with the now removed air cleaner panel. The spot welds are roughly an inch apart and there are 18 of them along the frame. I'll be matching the original locations on the new panel for continuity and some originality.

New panel fits on the frame rail perfectly and lines up beautifully. The gentlemen who made the panel does fantastic work. Great resource to have, though I've heard he's a pain in the ass to get in touch with.

That's all for now, I'll have some more updates once everything is welded in and the rest of the engine bay is stripped of undercoating. 


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