Wednesday, March 30, 2011
We have an ugly front panel.
Notice the line of corrosion in the middle of the panel. Apparently battery leaks do bad things to aluminum.
As bad as this panel looks, it used to look worse. In order to get it lookin' this perty we polished and polished and polished. We patched holes...
We considered making an extra large battery box to cover most of the panel.
We banged out dents.
We still weren't satisfied.
On Monday, we decided that this panel "just won't do." Fortunately, there's a company just south of Atlanta that stocks 2024 aluminum. The kids and I drove an hour to Peachtree City, Ga to pick up some aluminum for the panel.
Time to take out the panel
This panel wasn't doing such a great job of protecting the aluminum under it.
Brian used the removed panel as a pattern for the new one.
It was dark by the time we finished bucking the rivets.
We had talked about changing this panel lots of times... if only we had known how simple and inexpensive this project was, we would have done it earlier.