Ok, on to the cutting to find out what is good and what's garbage. Fearing the worst, I was actually pleasantly suprised at what I found.
I wanted to find where the good metal started, so I cut from the rust hole up.
Actually found good steel sooner than I thought.
Once I hit solid metal, I turned to open up a hole.
Now I could see how bad it was inside. Not too bad at all. I was expecting to see a total rusted mess.
Here';s the back door. As big as the hole underneath is, I hit solid steel pretty quick.
Inside the rear rocker. Looks pretty good also.
So with that being done, and rain and darkness approaching, I called it a night.
Went to the garage to practice some welding on some old sheetmetal. Found that I may have to practice a lot more before I cut the panels completely out. May also need to switch to a thinner wire for the welder. It came with .030.
My next step is to start drilling out the bottom spot welds, and figure out where I and going to cut the upper side of the rocker.
Do them at the upper spot welds at the doors? Less welding..
Or slice them the full length where I have good metal? More welding...
May not be any updates till next week. As I stated, I need to improve my welding first. I was having a hard time doing even a small spot weld without blowing holes in the metal.
Any advice, tips, or criticism will be greatly appreciated.
Ps....I looked into gluing them in,and it was just too much money for a one time use. It would have cost about as much as buying a cheap welder did.
Wish me luck.