The tinworm cometh

Spark6

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Been a hot minute. Unfortunately, I got distracted with my other high-maintenance time-suck, a 1986 Pietenpol Aircamper. 3A23EA50-7111-49BE-AE31-0DCF1FB24F8A.jpeg
The goal was to deliver her from Pittsburgh to her new home in NH, some 520 miles away (takes longer than you’d imagine at 60kts) but one day into the three day trip, the weather intervened, so the plane is stuck in limbo for a few weeks. Back to the Disco it is!

Since last update, I’ve gotten the bottom skin stiffeners welded in…
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The mount itself drilled, puddle-welded, and then seam-welded onto the bottom of the repaired skin… (fewer pictures of that than I intended)
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And as of today, the body bolted back to the frame!
2EFB74EF-0E12-4670-A51F-F97F03D9210B.jpegMore photos of that to come, as I’ll hopefully have things cleaned up tomorrow sometime, and finally be putting this particular repair to bed. On to the exhaust replacement, and then hopefully a successful registration/inspection. Old Winston has a long road to getting healthy, but we’ll get there eventually.
 

terryjm1

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Thanks for the detailed post. This gives me confidence in tackling my rear crossmember / body mount repair. It’s almost exactly the same job on mine.
 
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Spark6

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Thanks for the detailed post. This gives me confidence in tackling my rear crossmember / body mount repair. It’s almost exactly the same job on mine.
I will note, that once the body was properly supported by a real mount again, I DID have to adjust the rear door to get it to latch. These poor old trucks…

Today, I got the top skin welded back on. Both batteries for the grinder conked out, so I’ll have to finish dressing the repair properly tomorrow morning, assuming work doesn’t call. C7AB963B-4836-4101-9582-D72EDC8D1A9E.jpeg1C6E3328-BA0E-47A7-8DA6-B4A5E3CA0215.jpeg
Then it’s final paint/waterproofing, mount the rear bumper back up, and I can turn my attention back to re-hanging the exhaust. Hopefully there is a NH license plate on the old man before too long!

Forward…
 

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I will note, that once the body was properly supported by a real mount again, I DID have to adjust the rear door to get it to latch. These poor old trucks…

Today, I got the top skin welded back on. Both batteries for the grinder conked out, so I’ll have to finish dressing the repair properly tomorrow morning, assuming work doesn’t call. View attachment 61844View attachment 61845
Then it’s final paint/waterproofing, mount the rear bumper back up, and I can turn my attention back to re-hanging the exhaust. Hopefully there is a NH license plate on the old man before too long!

Forward…
So that's what a body mount should actually look like. Seriously, nice work!
 
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Spark6

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So that's what a body mount should actually look like. Seriously, nice work!
Thank you!! It’s been a labor, but I think it’ll be worth it in the end.

In and around dodging rain and finishing up stacking 4 cords of wood, I managed to get the repair dressed down with the flap wheel, and painted.
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Also in the picture are fresh bumper mount bolts, which I welded onto the existing brackets, after having to grind the old ones off during removal.
 
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Spark6

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Well... that wasn't so hard now, was it? 🤪

Mounting the exhaust nearly cost me a finger and a head wound (probably wise to support the muffler with something other than your arm while wrestling the exhaust hangars onto their mounts...) but has certainly been documented before so I skipped snapping any photos. Now to rehab the bumper indicator light boxes then it's off to go pay the nice lady in town who does state registrations, and see if I can grease this pig through inspection. Those of you with rust-free Discos... never let them go! (Unless you want to sell them to me... CHEAP please, this one is bleeding me dry! :oops::ROFLMAO:)
 
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