I continued my packing getting all the tools and supplies I need to take north. After moving the front floor pan out of the way to get to some other stuff, I thought, "Why not get started on that." So I did.
First order of business was to clean up the cut on the floor itself. I left the cut "rough" when I removed the old floor until I knew what I needed to get rid of.
I used a piece of steel for a straight edge and marked the line off. Then I went at it with my air saw. I love that tool! When I got done, I had this nice straight cut ready to be cleaned up for a good weld.
I lined up the floor with the inside of the rocker panel and used the existing spot weld marks as a guide to mark where I needed to drill my 5/16" holes. This worked good since my weld and seam manual was rather sketchy on where the spot welds go.
With the welds marked, I took the panel and center punched it for drilling....
Then came the fun task of drilling the holes. I bought a really good DeWalt drill bit that is stepped with a build in pilot drill. It is slick and saves a ton of time. I used a piece of old deck board (remember that project?) as a backer and drilled out the holes.
Then I did a rough fit to see how it looks....
It's not too shabby, but I need to work on the transmission tunnel joint. I was just glad to carve out a half hour to work on the car. And the Eastwood fairy came by the house too with a quart of "Metal-to-Metal". I'm already looking forward to the weekend of the 15th to do more extensive work. The 15th? Man that seems a long time away, but if it's like September, it will be here sooner than later.