Day 3 and its for the most part half gutted. Gonna strip the inner panels off and remove the cotton candy pull all the wiring and inspect C channel damage at rear and around the wheel wells. Started initial planning for design now that I can see the whole space empty so it will be double duty on computer and demo'ing the floor. The frame needs help so once floor is off ill be able to see the necessary repairs. Ill be documenting everything but I will kinda do this in reverse. Meaning the next post (unless something crazy happens) will be the final product and then the process that I will show are the methods I came up with for the new design. You've seen all the repairs I will need to make on here anyway...rusted frames, rear end separation, damaged floors...so I won't bore you with what you've already seen. So until then here are the issues I'm dealing with which most of you know the solutions to. Wish me luck! See you guys hopefully soon!
Amazing how these rear ends don't separate right out of the showroom with all the holes drilled at critical parts of support
It's not too bad but the frame underneath is pretty shot. I'm guessing the PPO took off the belly pans and let the rear end sit in the snow since all the damage was on the rear end.
The jarring damage of bad axles. As I feared on my drive home the kitchen divider which is right above the axle bounced up into this skin puncturing it. I maintained no more than 45 mpg on the way home but the 5 fwy in so cal might as well be dirt roads in the back country. I knew this damage wasn't there before I brought it home. Oh well. Should be a fairly easy repair.
Riding off into this sunset after three short days of work. See you guys soon! Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!!!