Here is a update on the metal work on the Impala.
The trunk floor pieces (8) were in and out around 10 times but now they are in for good. I am a little fussy when it comes to alignment of the trunk, bumper and especially the overall look when the car is back on the ground. Don't want it to sit crooked.
After we were happy with the fit of all the panels the welding could begin. Starting with the trunk floor, side braces, tail panel brace and the gas tank mouting braces which attach under the floor.
Only a couple hundred of spot welds to go.
The inside of the trunk was sanded, cleaned and primer coated.
The existing metal was flanged to allow the new metal to sit on and but up against for a good welding surface. Here the quarters are screwed on untill all welding on the trunk is complete. Once we are sure nothing has moved, everything fits as far as bumpers, taillights, etc, the quarters can be welded on.
After only 6 weeks on this project I now understand how much time and money restoration shops charge for this level of restoration. The hours just keep adding up. And this is just on the metal work.
The next update should be when the body comes off the frame.