I'm doing an engine swap and decided to do a little detailing while the engine was out of the car. The bay is stripped clean of components and being prepped for paint. I'm lucky, no undercoating to remove. I was thinking about leveling the spot welds. Is this typically done with lead or body filler? Will plastic fillers stay put or are they prone to cracking or popping out? I've noticed some Pantera owners re-route their AC hoses to clean up the bay. What's the typical re-route? I have removed the tank and sand blasted/painted its exterior (interior is perfect), have new foil covered jute for the fire wall, and am installing a removeable cross member. Anthing else deserving of attention while the bay is bare?
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Typically, they use filler- about 50 little dots. Some also weld in plates to cover all the holes not used and filler over the joints. Don't forget to cut the center crossmember out and make it a bolt-in, along with the e-brake bracket, while the engine's out. Then, the oil pan can be removed while the engine remains in the car. Doing this with the engine in place can be done but its much more difficult, as is installing a ss firewall cover. Think about it.
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