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Old 10-24-2012, 12:33 PM   #365
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Location: Springfield OH
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My Ride: '00 323i + '75 2002
Happy to say my TIG work is starting to look better. I've decided that I'm going to TIG everything that I reasonably can (assuming the welding position isn't crazy or that the material is to thick for my welder). While it does take more prep and time compared to MIG, the welds themselves just look much nicer. There is also much less clean up work, with no splatter and less warping in most cases. These are from the front bracing I did this weekend:

So with the front clip as gutted as it is, it obviously won't be able to support the weight of the hood like it used to. And the front hinged hood was one of the original parts of the car that I didn't want to loose, so next up was figuring out how to fab up new hinge mounts. First I made two plates that mimicked the stock nut locations.



With those done, I mounted each side and tacked them in place with the hood in the down position:

Then I checked to make sure the axis of both hinges are still in line so the hood would open properly:

View of the hinges from the engine bay. I still need to add a lot of bracing/gussets to add strength, but they can support the hood fine even though they are just tacked in place.

And here's what the hood looks like mounted in place without front fenders or front clip. Because I can.

Now that I have the hinges in place I can work on mounting the radiator and oil cooler. I wanted the hinges in there first since they have to be in a certain position, while the radiator and oil cooler can go anywhere so long as they fit and don't interfere.

Oh, and these came in today:

Any guesses??
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