Well, today I decided to tackle the rust under the rear seat on the driver side...
Removing the old panel, drilling spot welds and marking where my cut will be.
cut cut cut away...careful though, the fuel line runs really close to the tunnel rear corner area
And its out...I rage cut my parking brake line for always being in my way...doesn't matter, its not going back in anyway(going with some custom handbrake setup)
Unfortunately they do not make patch panels for this area...no clue why
So I get to do my best to try to salvage them
I am really not happy with trying to salvage the things, but I have no real choice...anywhere there is even light pitting I am getting pinholes, spent way too much time filling pinholes and trying not to grind my welds too far down
This is not a recommended method...and I sure wouldn't have done it except I had to...in hindsight I would probably have been better off fabbing these from scratch, but I wanted to keep all the bead rolling from the factory. The triangular patch I welded from the back, trying to keep the grinding in the radius to a minimum...good idea, but didnt work worth anything in reality...ended up having to go back over the top anyway
Welded the lower shock mount radius ledge back in place
This one has some pretty ugly partially ground welds. I didnt want to grind them all the way because of how thin these pieces already were...I spent a long time filling pinholes...so I decided to deal with the ugly welds since they are under the back seat, and most of them are above the frame rail(though the bottom side I was actually able to grind a little closer). Its not pretty, but its a solid piece of sheet metal again(or as solid as they come that thin). I didnt weld this one in place yet...but it looks like it will fit back in with minimal trouble. Ugly, but it will do the trick...just unhappy I sent 8 hours on something that came out barely adequate.