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 on: Today at 04:59:09 PM 
Started by ardiesse - Last post by ardiesse
This is the rearmost part of the driver's side inner sill, or to be pedantic, what remains of it.

I found an offcut of 1.6 in the sheet-metal shop, and using the section I cut out of the inner sill below the B-pillar as a template, the sheetie made up an 18" section of inner sill.  This time, I thought I'd have a shot at pressing the dimples into the inner sill.  One of the guys on FB-EK described how he did it with a home-made die, a socket, and a vice.

Peering inside the sill for a good place to cut, and guessing where the inner sill would have ended gave me 14-1/2" in length.  The dimples are 2" dia at the base, and 1-1/2" dia at the top.  They're 4 mm deep (units, sorry).  On this part of the sill, the dimples are spaced at 3-1/4" intervals, and are centred 1-1/2" below the top return of the inner sill.

I found one of my father's bowl blanks - a piece of hardwood with a 2" dia recess turned into the base.  I put a big Jubilee clip around it so it wouldn't split, and measured up my sockets.  The 1-1/8" socket was 1-1/2" OD.  So far so good.

Mark up inner sill section.  Check marking-up, only to discover that my reference was at the wrong end.  Remove markings.  Mark section again, with arrows indicating top and front.  Compare marked-up repair section with the inner sill again.  Go to work with the home-made press tooling . . .

OK, but - the metal bows in every direction, requiring straightening work with vice, hammer and dolly.  Once that's done, it looks satisfactory.

Now to remove the inner sill section, while keeping as much as possible of the floor and the box-section just in front of the rear wheel arch.  The floor and the flange of the box section will locate the inner sill repair.  I sliced off another few inches of the outer sill to give me room to swing the angle grinder and drill.  From the inside of the sill, I could see where the spot-welds were.  I drilled through them with a 1/8" drill, and then got out with the spot weld drill from on top.  I cut half-way up the inner sill with the angle grinder, and finished the cut off with a hacksaw.  I tried to pull the inner sill piece out, but it didn't want to move.  Found another spot weld and drilled it.  Ping!  And out came what was left of the inner sill (bottom half sliced off so I could get the drill in).

The astute observer will notice an "oops" here.  The return isn't wide enough for most of its length.  I just blindly used the section I cut out at the base of the B-pillar.  Didn't think that the return is of different width here.  I'll fix that with Mister MIG.

But now that the inner sill's out, I can get into the U-section at the front of the rear wheel arch.  It's complicated by the ribs, and also because none of the fold lines are straight lines.  I'm going to repair it in three pieces (which I'll have to do on the passenger's side too).


 on: Today at 03:07:49 PM 
Started by Fast_Eddie - Last post by Errol62
These are the ones John has. Don't know why you'd bother mucking around making your own. They weren't dear.

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 on: Today at 02:26:57 PM 
Started by Fast_Eddie - Last post by Roybeth
thanks everyone  Smiley

 on: Today at 02:10:55 PM 
Started by ridgey_didge - Last post by RET
Contacts page updated.

 on: Today at 02:08:39 PM 
Started by RET - Last post by RET
Tasmanian Club
Classic Holden Car Club Tasmania 1948 - 1980
Postal Address .. PO Box 635 Glenorchy TAS 7010
Phone  0418122615
email - bill@cunic.com.au
Open to all Holden Enthusiasts
Monthly Meeting - Last Tuesday of the month at Shannons Showroom Argyle Street Hobart start 7.30
President Rod Daley
Secretary Barry Grundy

 on: Today at 02:08:19 PM 
Started by RET - Last post by RET
ACT Club
Canberra Classic Holden Club Incorporated
PO Box 867, Civic Square ACT 2608
Website: http://www.oldgmh.org.au
Email: committee@oldgmh.org.au

Club Meetings - 8pm 2nd Thursday of the Month, Canberra Deakin Football Club, Grose Street Deakin
Our club welcomes all Holden enthusiasts, whether your Holden is an original daily driver, restored show car, modified street machine or modern classic.

 on: Today at 02:07:28 PM 
Started by RET - Last post by RET
WA Club

The FE-FC Holden Car Club of WA (inc)
Shannons Insurance
152 Burswood Rd
entry through rear door

P.O. Box 619
Victoria Park
WA 6979

Email............... wa@fefcholden.org.au
Website........... http://fefcholden.org.au/wa
Phone.............. 0450 396 939
FaceBook......... https://www.facebook.com/fefc.holden.club.wa
All FE & FC enthusiasts welcome, we also welcome all FB & EK enthusiasts

 on: Today at 02:06:59 PM 
Started by RET - Last post by RET
QLD Club
President - Ron Cook  0427 137 909
Treasurer - Greg Pritchard 0438 477 083
Meetings - 1st Wednesday of the Month at the Colmslie Services Club in Morningside, Brisbane
Website - http://fefcholden.org.au/qld

 on: Today at 02:06:38 PM 
Started by RET - Last post by RET
SA Club
Meetings - 4th Tuesday of the Month (no meeting in December), 7.30pm Shannons Insurance 863-865 South Road, Clarence Gardens SA 5039
Call Us - Paul Roberts on 0404 900 849
Web - http://www.fefcholden.org.au/sa/
email - sa.committee@fefcholden.org.au
Postal Address
FE-FC Holden Car Club of S.A.
P.O. Box 74, BLACKFOREST SA 5035

 on: Today at 02:06:17 PM 
Started by RET - Last post by RET
Vic Club
Email committee@fefcholdenvic.org.au
Website : http://www.fefcholdenvic.org.au
Meeting Venue: The Bentleigh Club - Yawla Street Bentleigh (upstairs)
held Second Tuesday of every month except January at 8.00 pm.

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