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Old 02-06-2006, 12:19 PM
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W123 The rusted Floorboard Hole weld from H__ll

I just wanted to be able to have someone look underneath there and say "How nice, someone tried to really fit a new floorboard in" vice saying "Ughhh, someone chucked a piece of scrap up there to fill a hole.
The worst thing is the rust damage was right near the rockers and there must have been 7 individual curves I had to meet in unison.
I spent like four days beating a piece of metal to death, trying to emulate the unique stamped ridges of a 300D floorboard. In disgust, I tossed the piece and I spent 3 more days making a new piece.
Then finally I got the guts to fire up the welder, which to me was about as nervewracking as shorting out a Utility Transformer. The ceremonies I went through to turn it on were almost comical, including filling three buckets of water, placing 3 extinguishers ceremoniously, memorizing and rereading the manual 6 times and then voila I hit the switch! I must have made some 50 welds before I felt comfortable. It took me two weeks to start making half decent welds.
Yesterday was the big dayI I spent all Saturday grinding the joints to bare metal. Except the neighbor had a Super Bowl party and there were kids up and down the street and I called it off. The gaping hole is still there, four weeks later after I started this project, but I just want it done right.
Whats the rush anyway.

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Old 02-06-2006, 12:48 PM
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Ah- you are indeed living the dream, my man!!
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Old 02-06-2006, 01:32 PM
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Just keep it up with that famous Carrameow determination and you will get there.

The practice welding was all worth it. Are you using Argon/CO2 or flux core?

Good luck,
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Old 02-06-2006, 02:15 PM
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In the meantime you have can have some good (flinstone style) back-up brakes as long as you have a rear seat passenger 4 weeks is nothing on my calender.....Keep up the determination and git er done!! Hats off and thanks for sharing!
Rob M
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Old 02-06-2006, 03:01 PM
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good thing you're starting out with something small
'82 300SD - 361K mi - "Blue"

"Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement."

listen, look, .........and duck.
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Old 02-06-2006, 03:08 PM
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Flintstones... Meet the Flintstones,
They're a modern stoneage family.
From the town of Bedrock,
They're a page right out of history.

Let's ride with the family down the street.
Through the courtesy of Fred's two feet.

When you're with the Flintstones,
have a yabba dabba doo time,
a dabba doo time,
we'll have a gay old time

Hang in there and next time it will be easy.
Never a dull moment at Berry Hill Farm.
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Old 02-06-2006, 03:56 PM
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Fred Flinstone brakes and propulsion...(opposite of Sunroof)

Fred Flinstone brakes and propulsion have been mentioned more than once by friends and family--

I even am thinking of patenting the "Basement Roof " vice "Sunroof", I put a piece of plexiglass there one day and my carpool partner sat mesmerized as watched the highway pass at 60mph below him...he swore he saw quite a bit of money at the toll stops, a knife, tons of cigarette butts and one pair of womens nylons on the road below him...

Larry Bible's DVD really helped me and gave me confidence, I watched it like 7 times...
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Old 02-06-2006, 06:27 PM
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My question would be was this caused by a leaking windshield gasket as in my car or from underneath...
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Old 02-06-2006, 06:29 PM
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Sheet metal

Dude need to come out of the stone age....
I have some select pieces left over from my last project. Give me a template so I can bend it up....
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Old 02-06-2006, 06:29 PM
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wana fix my rust spot.. its not that big.. plus i can use a piece of a retired 300D to weld in place.. i just need to find one i can cut the donor piece off

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