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 Saturday 1/23/05

 

 

 

 4.0 hours

 

 

Next on the agenda is the drivers side rocker panel and patching in a panel for the rear quarter.

 

 

Driver rocker gap

Driver door gap

 

 

I adjusted the door for the billionth time.  This is critical to to maintaining the alignment of the door, rocker and rear quarter.

Drivers door adjust

 

Drivers lower B pillar

     Drivers B pillar cut

The lower part of the B pillar, the lower door jamb area is in about the same rusted out condition as the passenger side. (and the rest of the car)

I used my spot weld cutter to release the lower portion from the drivers B pillar support.

 

 

New B pillar

 

 

 

This is the new lower B pillar set in place for comparison.

 

Looks good!  Now I just have to figure out the best place to cut it.....

 

 

 

 

Old and new B pillar

 

 

 

If I cut too much it leaves a big gap to be filled in, so I marked it a good quarter of an inch higher than I think I need in order to trim it back to perfection.

 

 

 

 

 

New lower B pillar in place

 

 

 

Turns out I was lucky I gave the extra room.

 

The part fit nearly perfect with my "eyeball" extra thick cut.

 

 

 

 

Weld B pillar

Weld B pillar 2

As before I tack welded the parts together, spacing them and returning to fill in the gaps.

 

 

B pillar welded

 

 

 

B pillar welds cleaned

B pillar welds cleaned 2

 

These pics show the same area after roughly dressing the welds with a die grinder.

 

A little bit further, I hope to be able to accomplish more on the Belle soon.

 

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