Created a trash filter under the engine to catch all the grease and dirt coming off so it didn't go in the driveway. Got it about 85% cleaned up, left the wiring harness on there to wash off the mold/mildew that was on it and also to keep the cleaner out of the electrical connections.
Afterwards I pulled the wiring harness off and couldn't resist hanging some jewelry on the old girl. Can't stop looking at it now.. Primary hits the oil cooler line, fully solidifies their departure.
While I was in a cleaning mode I figured it was time to knock the major chunks off the frame. This was a scrape straight off the crossmember, ol girl has been nicely preserved underneath.
Just did a quick gunk removal, haven't done a full clean on the frame, that will be soon.
Here's the pass inner cowl after I cut all the rust off the outer sheetmetal. Not much I can do w/ the inner structure except treat the rust and keep it dry and clean.
This was after spraying it w/ rust transformer and test fitting the sheet metal I bent up. The black is where it was turning the rust into an oxide that blocks further rust creation.
Bent up and ready to weld in
Pass side buttoned up, now I have to grind, smooth, sand, seam seal, and paint.
Welding buddy talked me into just replacing the outer skin, should have replaced the firewall side as well.
I honestly had swept the floor before before we cut that piece out, this is what came out of the cowl. wth.
Driver's side welded up. Need to do a LOT of grinding as this was my side to weld, it looks bad in the pic but it's not too bad.
We were wore out from doing both sides, he left, I shut the doors. Will be cleaning the garage tomorrow and possibly doing a lot of grinding.
-Clean up the cowl patches, seam seal, paint (have to figure out a nice sturdy paint to use, rattle can is too thin, maybe brush on rustoleum
-After that is protected, clean the frame, bolt the T56 to the engine, test fit, will be pulling peel n seal off floor board, cutting the trans tunnel to make room for the T56 and welding in new metal.
-Clean the dash, bondo, smooth, paint, also find matching paint for the red, paint the windshield channel, cowl, and pillar covers. Reinstall, install windshield, install front end, wire, plumb, install tank, plumb, exhaust, shorten driveshaft, install eaton diff and 3.73s
-mod seats to fit in car
-mod gauge cluster