Originally Posted by Coldburn
With rust all around the windshield frame, I guess I'm going to have to join the club! I'd like to tackle the chassis frame anyway, it's suspect...
What year is the car in the pics? It looks like it was bonded to the top of the firewall too, along with the sides close to the doors?
I think you said you did use a heat gun, if so... did you use it on the outside of the panels (painted side) or just the inside or both sides? I have no paint so that doesnt matter to me but dont want to ruin anything!
When using the chisel, I assume you start from the bottom-up?
I wouldn't imagine the front-clip being very rigid as you remove it from the cage and you can lightly pull the fender away from the body as you chisel?
Installing the front clip was the most nerve-wracking part of my resto.
Don't do it unless you have to.
Windshield frame rot at the corners can be uncovered by cutting
the corner of the fender off with a hacksaw. Reglassing these back
in will be nothing compared to the clip.
Stress cracks at the edge of the fender should be ground out in a
shallow V and reglassed with matte/resin.
All that said ... yes - chisels and heat work well. I did mine before
learning to use a heat gun, too. The top of the firewall has a thin
strip bonded across the top. I chiselled this apart, but later learned
taht most people will cut the thin strip at each side and leave the center
attached to firewall.
Two vertical ribs on each side of the firewall, plus two triangular
pieces that rivet to the lower W/S frame corner. Lots of rust and
these rivets will pull right out.
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