Alright, this "Domestic Life" thing has been getting in the way of me working on my Jeep all week. That and the rain! Anyways, today I got some wrench time. Really I should call it Hammer Time (cue cheesy song clip). I went out and bought some body hammers and dollies. I spend most of the afternoon straightening out the parts of the firewall that I had boogered up when I was cutting out the driver's side floorpan with the air hammer. I'm starting to think that maybe I should try drilling all the spot welds to pull the next panel to see if that comes apart a little cleaner.
Anyways, let's get to the pics! While I was cutting the original pan out, I measured a bit wrong and currently I've got about a 1/2-3/4 inch gap to fill now. Here's a pic of what I am gonna have to fix.
When I laid the new floor pan in to mark it all, I didn't realize that it actually went all the way THROUGH the firewall. so the flange that I thought was there and meant to weld to the existing floor was ACTUALLY meant to go all the way through just like the original factory pan did as you can see in the pic here.
Also today I decided to tackle getting the body squared back up from the day I removed the tub. If you'll recall I tweaked it and bent the door frames quite a bit in the process. Today I took my high lift jack and a couple wood blocks and made my own rig to push the top cowl back out until I thought it was right again.
Here's a before pic of what it looked like after I bent it:
Here's an after pic:
If someone gets a chance, could you go out and take a picture of your door frames from the same angle so I have something to compare to? I'm thinking the driver's side may need to pivot out a bit more in the corner now that I'm looking at the pictures of it.
Again on the passenger side before:
All in all I feel like I've accomplished quite a bit today, and I'm back on track. I was pretty darned discouraged when the door frames got bent, those were going to be hard to find replacements for and I was feeling like fixing them was quite a bit over my head in the body work world. It turned out to be easier than I thought.
Hopefully this weekend I'll be picking up the materials to build a 40x40 covered workshop to continue this project in, so I may not get much wrenching done while I'm building the new shop, but that should only take a few days.
In case you're wondering what kind of deadbeat I am to be so blessed as to get this much wrench time, I'm actually off work for the next 2 months. I work for the Professional Bull Riders and we're on our summer break right now. So I get to hang out at home with the family and wrench to my heart's content when I don't have to worry about being a Dad or Husband for a bit.