It still is Dec 31st over here, the right time to prepare for 2019. Traditionally you should not leave things undone over the night of New Years Eve. In this case the motivation is different. As had been remarked before the Flaminia has been waiting for my care for quite a while and I wanted her to enter the new year “in progress” rather than “sitting in the corner”.
The plan was to open up all the different kinds of welds (plugs, spots, worms) and then more or less take the panel out without further damage. Wanted to put up for discussion whether I should try to repair the panel (partial replacements) or make a new one. Even thought of discussing if to try make it out of one piece.
There were some hidden welds preventing my original idea. Instead I crookedly sat inside the shell trying to tear the panel out after I had opened all visible welds with various grinding equipment, which by the way enabled the removal at all. An angle grinder alone would not have done the job. Three hours later it was out.
tear drop welding, the method to go?
Note the different types of reinforcements and the sand.
Now here it is, massively creased, but partially salvable if necessary. When did you ever have a look that deep inside a Flaminia´s bones?
Amazing how solid this part of the shell is!
Happy motoring and a peaceful 2019 to all!