Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: Dallas Texas, USA
Three New Acquisitions Today:
Well, I looked at my inner sills (19 Gauge) and think it's possible to reconstruct them using a brake. I need one anyway for the construction of a light-gauge powder coating booth for suspension parts, so I'm going to have a go, potentially saving the cost of those inner sill portions which are rotted at the A Pillar.
Also ran across an air scraper, which I'll need for scraping off the interior gunk that's hardened to the floors and tunnel. It will get its first workout tomorrow and I'll let everyone know if it's a useful tool or not, for this application. It's not a big risk - $22 USD.
Finally, I picked up a remote viewing tool. It has a handheld 3.5-inch colour viewing screen, mated to a 39-inch probe at the end of which is a lens. You fish that probe down the sills, to confirm exactly where I need to cut, and more importantly, to avoid missing anything simply because it "looked OK" from the outside. One of the scary things I learned from E-Types is that their front subframe tubes can look great, but since they rust from the inside out, it could be a disaster waiting to happen. Good restorers just pull it and treat the inside chemically, and hope it's OK. What's better is that it has an SD card, so it can be viewed later on a larger computer screen. I'm paranoid about doing a lot of rust repair and missing something that appears under new paint later on. It can also fit down a spark plug hole, so I can look at the innards of the motor before tearing it apart. Apparently, plumbers and other trades use this to look into pipes and crevices, around corners, etc. to diagnose problems. Never knew this existed.....live and learn.....
Now off to watch the Daytona 500....it's not F1, but it's racing, which is the important thing. I've been around that track, and while it's not the Nordschleife, it's pretty interesting when cars are three-wide into turn 3. At 200 mph. Can't wait for Kimi's second debut in Australia...."Leave me alone, I know what I'm doing!"....."Yes, Yes, I'm doing it all the time!"
Prior Street Cars: BMW Bavaria, 3.0 Cs, 320iS, M5; Lotus Europa Twin Cam