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bird_dog0347

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Are you going to use seam sealer on the finished product?
Yup, going to POR 15 it, then seam seal it before I sound deaden the floor.

So... this afternoon I had my first opportunity to use a fire extinguisher. FUN right?!?!?!? PSA: Do not leave a small bucket of paint thinner directly under the floor board you are welding as it turns out welding sparks can cause flammable liquids to catch fire... who knew? Time for a new extinguisher, but SUPER happy I had that nearby.





After all the excitement, I managed to get it spot welded in. I still want to stitch up about a 2" stitch every 6" or so before I am done welding. And I still have the rear seat attachment points to weld on the bottom which I will do after I bolt the seat back in so I know they are in the exact right position, then I also need to do the MM SFCs...

 

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Yup, going to POR 15 it, then seam seal it before I sound deaden the floor.

So... this afternoon I had my first opportunity to use a fire extinguisher. FUN right?!?!?!? PSA: Do not leave a small bucket of paint thinner directly under the floor board you are welding as it turns out welding sparks can cause flammable liquids to catch fire... who knew? Time for a new extinguisher, but SUPER happy I had that nearby.





After all the excitement, I managed to get it spot welded in. I still want to stitch up about a 2" stitch every 6" or so before I am done welding. And I still have the rear seat attachment points to weld on the bottom which I will do after I bolt the seat back in so I know they are in the exact right position, then I also need to do the MM SFCs...

Any patch panel is gonna have to be completely perimeter welded if you want the repair to be free of any possibility of future moisture infiltration between the panels, although I'd guess that a good seam sealer applied at this time would be enough to call it done.
 

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Any patch panel is gonna have to be completely perimeter welded if you want the repair to be free of any possibility of future moisture infiltration between the panels, although I'd guess that a good seam sealer applied at this time would be enough to call it done.
Yeah, it's really solid and I agree it needs to be sealed up but given my welding "abilities" I think I trust seam sealer more than the weld not having pin holes. It will get POR15 all over then seam sealed... not to mention it isn't likely to see much water as it's not a daily and lives in the garage.
 

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I would like to encourage you to weld the patch completely, just stitch an inch or two at a time crossing over to the opposite side, this keeps warpage to a minimum, the por15 and seam sealer will fill pin holes
 

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So all the old stuff is cut out, about ready to weld in the new piece after some time fitting it and cleaning crap up. I drilled holes every inch or so to do "spot welds" in the new panel and then will add a few stitch welds along the perimeter after all the spots are filled. I'm planning to do the welds in a cross pattern to keep from warping it. It's all got weld through primer on it now as well. Once it is all done the next step will be to fit up the MM Full length SFCs.




The spot welds will be totally strong enough for the panel if you don't want to do more. Just seam seal it and you're good to go. Good work though man, most won't do what you're doing there.:nice:
 

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The spot welds will be totally strong enough for the panel if you don't want to do more. Just seam seal it and you're good to go. Good work though man, most won't do what you're doing there.:nice:
Spot welds are good enough for every factory! That said I was going to fully weld it and got 100% of the rocker side done and 70% of the trans tunnel side done then ran out of wire and said screw it. I laid down a healthy dripping amount of POR15 all over especially along the seam and will seam seal it when it's dry tomorrow before I put on any of the sound deadener. The floor is rock solid now so I'm happy, it will be even better once I get the MM FL SFCs welded in. And YES I do plan to POR15 the whole floor but needed to do that area first so I can get the seam sealer done.

 

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Looks done right. Glad the fire didnt hurt anything under the car!
Thanks!

And no joke man, it's pretty scary to see a bucket of flames under your car. Luckily I had an open spot in the garage next to me and was able to react fairly quickly.
 

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I've been slammed the last week or so with work, a BBQ competition, and a charity golf tournament in addition to family and other stuff so not much progress till this afternoon. I got the seam sealer laid down inside and out (underneath) as there's an overlap in the metal and an open seam on the bottom (well as much as the top anyways). Once this is dry hopefully tonight I'll be able to POR15 the rest of the inside then be ready to lay down some sound deadener and then focus on the battery relocation to the trunk and the SFC install.

 

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Your floor turned out great-glad to see you are back at it :nice:

Now onto the other thing you mentioned- BBQ competition? What did ya cook up and how’d you do? Lol
 

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Good job man:nice:

I'm enjoying what I'm doing now, but I can't wait to be at that stage.

Really nice work though. What're you using for sound deadening?
 

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Your floor turned out great-glad to see you are back at it :nice:

Now onto the other thing you mentioned- BBQ competition? What did ya cook up and how’d you do? Lol
Thanks!

The competition is called Bacon Bash Texas and we ended up 5th out of I think 32 teams. As the name implies, Bacon is at the root of the competition and they supply the bacon for you and your team supplies the rest. Our recipe was "Bacon Wrapped Pork Belly Burnt Ends" (yes... bacon wrapped bacon) that we did 5 different ways. One we left as a dry rub, then we had a BBQ glaze, a Carolina Mustard BBQ glaze, a Honey Sriracha glaze, and a Soy Horseradish and onion glaze. We served it with a slice of my home cured Pancetta (Italian cured bacon), some home made spicy pickles (one habenaro, one scorpion pepper) and a few cheeses as well as a chocolate pudding shot. (I'm in the sunglasses)


 

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Good job man:nice:

I'm enjoying what I'm doing now, but I can't wait to be at that stage.

Really nice work though. What're you using for sound deadening?
Thanks Dave, means a lot coming from you.

I've gone cheap on it, I'm using "peel and seal" from home depot and I'll likely get some foam type deadener too as I hear that's best for sound suppression.
 

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This afternoon I was able to weld in the rear seat brackets with the captured nuts for the rear seat bolts then I put POR 15 over the rest of the floor. Once that is done drying I can put the sound deadener on there and I also intend to re-do my stereo wiring as I have the amps in the trunk and want to clean that up and route it nicely with some wire loom. I also need to fix the spot welds on the rear seat X brace as they popped free from the top so I'll tear apart the trunk for that soon.

 

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I've got all the sound deadening installed now as well, but still need to get some of the stereo wiring cleaned up.

 

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Well, I got the inside all cleaned up (not the wiring yet) and the garage floor cleaned up. I changed out the jackstands for a set of ramps, cause I don't have a turbo :stick:, and got ready to start installing the MM SFC's when the wife said "let's go to dinner" so all done for the night... I guess it'll be tomorrow night before I start on them for real.

 

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