I started stripping out the interior; eventually I’ll need to sandblast it and weld some stuff in. I was also able to pull the access panel for the one part of the rear suspension that was bugging me.
Here is what happens when the front seats are pulled out. You can see the grey plastic bathroom flooring which was glued into place for most of the floor of the car. I’ve ripped it out. It successfully trapped moisture against the metal, which doesn’t help. The seatbelts were a complete afterthought.
Here you can see the mold growing in the padding.
Here’s a revisit of the hole in the floorboard :(
Some additional “Belgian Engineering” with a metal household carpet edge riveted in place to aid in keeping the car watertight.
Under the weatherstripping we need some welding love, too :(
This is the “worst of it” — two views of the same hole over the wheel well and cargo area. It was taped over with “metal tape” which was very gross.
And finally, you can see one of he sleeves/covers of the suspension is ripped. The suspension works, but sometimes goes “clunk” — this corner needs to be taken apart and cleaned up.
And this is the welding kit I get to master. It’s stick, not self-feeding.
Next steps are to strip out the doors, remove the bonnet/hood and front wings, then they’ll go somewhere to be stripped and painted (and will likely be repaired by someone who knows what they’re doing.)
Back at the ranch I’ll have to purchase or borrow a sandblaster and an angle grinder to clean up the metal, cut some straight lines, and get welding.