I am still waiting on seam sealer before I weld in the passenger side floorboard so I decided to start on the driver’s side. This is actually a lot worse than the passenger’s side. There is still some solid steel between the holes but putting two patches in seems like more work than just doing one big patch. As before I started with locating lines. I also crawled under the car and relocated the clutch cable, fuel lines, and brake lines away from the patch area.
The shifter tower is fiberglass and VERY near to the area I am going to be welding so I figured I should remove it first. Once I did I found a nice collection of seeds and hardware which might well have been there since 1967.
This is what the shifter and tower looked like when I removed it. This needs some cleaning up I think.
I took the shifter partly apart to clean it. Then I lubricated everything and put it back together.
The nuts holding the shifter to the fiberglass tower had been over-tightened and the washers were being pulled into the fiberglass. I do NOT want to think about what will happen if this breaks so I found some larger washers.
And this is my secret weapon. Nyloc nuts will let me just snug up the bolts and not have to worry about them coming loose.
The last nut was a bit of a problem because it was RIGHT under the reverse light switch. This tiny ignition wrench saved the day. This is now all ready to install when the welding is done.
Enough procrastination. Time to weld the floor patch. Here is my first practice piece. It took me a while to work out the right settings and technique. The circled one is pretty good.
I have been procrastinating on welding over the holes in the Jeepster’s floorboards but today I had a day free and decided to go for it. Of course it was 90° out so it was a long hot day. Did I mention I don’t know much about metal work or welding?
So the transmission has been getting harder and harder to shift. I have found some metal in the oil so I assumed the transmission was slowly shredding itself. That might still be true but it occurred to me that I have never adjusted the clutch so why not start there?
When I got the Jeepster drivable I bought a little fire extinguisher and threw it in the back. Sometime in the last few months someone must have decided they needed it more than I did because it vanished. So I got another one. This one gets bolted down.
Saturday I decided to get the Jeep put back together. Splash apron looks like it has leprosy but at least is not rusting as fast.
I ordered new hardware for the bumper but first I have to get the splash apron cleaned up. First I went after the rust with a wire brush wheel and a flap disk
It was so warm tonight I decided to get some work done on the car. First thing was an oil change