Drilling out the trunk support straps.

20 August 2008

Drilled out all the spot welds between the trunk pan and the support straps in preparation for removing a large section of the pan.

 

I started by dot-punching and drilling a 2mm pilot hole (with a Cobalt drill bit) from underneath, then from above drilled the hole to 10mm (with another Cobalt drill bit). I didn’t worry about putting a hole in the strap, as I’ll be welding them to the new pan from underneath via plug-welding these holes.

 

From above:

 

From below:

 

The supports are then welded to the tail panel, but I’ll be leaving them there, I just wanted to free the trunk pan.

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