As mentioned in my previous post, the tub came back from the blaster and was a little worse than I first thought (as always, right?).
Once I tore into it a little more last night, it needs some definite attention but I'm not completely panicked yet (just mostly). I've seen tubs here in far worse condition that looked great after a little metal work and paint.
This is my first foray into the wonderful world of sticking metal to metal. I also discovered that I'm a terrible welder. I'm now looking into finding a night class on welding 101.
After watching the video that came with the welder, this was my first try at spot welding. I put a tack every 2" or 3" and then filled in the holes. To me, it looks like the penetration is lacking but what do I know.
Lincoln 140 wire feed MIG welder.
First try - Spot welds
Cleaned up a little.
Here's a pic of the back of the butt weld.
Here are a few pics of the tub and what I'll be working with over the next couple weeks.
Driver side windshield cowl.
Passenger side windshield cowl
Driver side door sill
Driver side rear door sill
Passenger side door sill
Driver side rear quarter panel
Driver side rear
So, all in all, I guess it's not too terrible. There are spots of Bondo absolutely everywhere and the soda blaster didn't budge them. Thankfully they're easy enough to remove or level with a scraper and rubber mallet. Next steps once the bondo is removed will be to sand the tub with 320 and start cutting welding patch panels for the holes. I'm thinking I'll probably need to buy a replacement windshield cowl as well... possibly some other panels too.
How much is a new tub, again?