First, though, I have a nice steering wheel that I don't want to get goobered up with splatter from the welding. So it had to go.
|Wheel gone! Rust holes visible to the left.|
Once the wheel was out of the way, removing one bolt on the bottom of the column and disconnecting the shift linkage allowed for removal of the outer shell of the steering column.
|Does that look like something to bump your head against?|
On to the floor. I got the area cut out using a cut off wheel on my angle grinder. This one was a bit trickier because the floor is spot welded to the brace, so I had to locate and grind through them. Once that was done, I cleaned up the surface rust with a wire brush and coated it with a rust converter so it wouldn't continue to rust.
|If that brace weren't there, I'd have a one-legged Flintstone's car!|
Up next, I'll cut out a patch and get this puppy closed up.