Author Topic: Cutting rust out of a 1971 Eldorado Convertible  (Read 1242 times)

Offline boseephuss

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Re: Cutting rust out of a 1971 Eldorado Convertible
« Reply #20 on: June 02, 2017, 10:52:53 AM »
Hi  Bruce..The average Joe wouldn't have a clue whats involved doing this type of fabrication..I've done it for a considerable part of my life and trying to get paid sometimes make think is it worth the effort...sometimes I've started to do a minor floor rust repair and finished replacing the whole floor pan..firewall to trunk......

I really wish there was an opportunity for me to learn a bit about this and apply it to my own vehicle.  Alas, I am too scared to mess things up worse than they already are by just jumping in head first and find it harder these days to find reliable and trustworthy shops to do it for me.
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Offline The Tassie Devil(le)

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Re: Cutting rust out of a 1971 Eldorado Convertible
« Reply #21 on: June 02, 2017, 08:05:36 PM »
G'day Justin,

I thought the same way you do, but eventually I taught myself to do all the tasks I tackle now.

Building Hot Rods way back in the '70's, really taught me how to do simple tasks, that I always thought were hard.   Having very limited funds makes one have to do stuff yourself, and buying tools to do stuff with, you soon learn that having tools allows one to keep on doing stuff.

Initially, I was scared of working on brakes, but reading up on books, and watching people working gave me the confidence to tackle my first brake job.   Once the first job was done, and nothing went wrong, I moved onto the next assignment.

Yes, knowledge takes time to attain, which is why apprenticeships take time.   Learning to Become a Doctor of Medicine takes years before being allowed to actually touch a living person.

The biggest thing is to initially look at what is involved, then think about what it might take to do, and consider your own ability.   If you want to do it yourself, then gather up books, to read on the subject, and practice on disposable stuff, before deciding to tackle the main task.

Every Tradesman, Professor, Engineer, Mother, Father, etc, etc, was a baby once, and managed to learn how to become what they turned out to be.

Bruce. >:D

PS.   Sometimes people want things sooner than they can learn, or don't want to get their hands dirty, and simply pay for someone else to complete the required task.
 
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Offline bmyrheim

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Re: Cutting rust out of a 1971 Eldorado Convertible
« Reply #22 on: July 16, 2017, 04:51:21 PM »
Thanks for posting pictures through your rust repair job. I have searched a bit on the internet on floor repairs on the Eldorado 71-78 FWD, and nothing has come up until now. I'm about to start on the same job as you have done. Mine is an Eldorado 1973 convertible and the floor is basically the same. The rust seems to be in the same spots, mine seems a little more rusted in the front section than yours, but not much. There also were a lot of sloppy pop-riveted patchwork in the front with dual layers that have contributed to even more rust accumulation. This was probably done long time before the car was shipped to Norway. I can post a few pictures if anyone is interested.

B. Myrheim

Offline The Tassie Devil(le)

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Re: Cutting rust out of a 1971 Eldorado Convertible
« Reply #23 on: July 17, 2017, 12:52:06 AM »
If I can be of any assistance, please contact me.

I was lucky in this case as the substructure was rust-free, as can be seen in the stripping out pictures.

Bruce. >:D
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Offline bmyrheim

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Re: Cutting rust out of a 1971 Eldorado Convertible
« Reply #24 on: July 17, 2017, 04:55:08 AM »
Thanks. I'll contact you if a problem surfaces.
I haven't stripped it all out yet, but looking through the rust holes I can see the substructure seems pretty solid also in my case. I'll probably just clean them out and give them a good coat of owatrol and primer. As of now I've ordered a set of new replacement panels for the front section. Classic2Current have repro panels, but it takes a while to get them from California. I don't think these replacement panels will cover it all up, so I'll probably end up with some manual panel fabrication. I admire your job on knocking out these panels by yourself and even replicate the reinforcement folds in the floor.

B.Myrheim

Offline The Tassie Devil(le)

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Re: Cutting rust out of a 1971 Eldorado Convertible
« Reply #25 on: July 17, 2017, 07:24:34 AM »
I made up my own simply because the initial cost of the replacements, and the freight to Australia would have been prohibitive.

Plus, making my own allowed me to cover what I wanted, and as I couldn't actually see the replacements, I didn't risk purchasing something that might not have worked.

Plus, using the 1.2mm steel gave me something strong to work with.   The 1.2mm steel made life good when it came to welding with the MIG welder.   Plus, using gassless wire, I could remove the shielding tube, and really get in close before arcing up.

Bruce. >:D
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Offline 1976Deville

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Re: Cutting rust out of a 1971 Eldorado Convertible
« Reply #26 on: July 17, 2017, 09:37:59 AM »
Hi Bruce
I have a 76 Eldorado sitting in my Garage. The back is rusted like yours. Trunk ,Quarter Panel.
Maybe one day I will fix the car