So I just wanted to recap on the gas tank and update on the exhaust.
I’ve basically thrown in the towel on the rust removal for the gas tank. Hit it with some HCl on all of the rust but the metal was very thin on most of those spots so by the time I was able to clean away the rust, I was creating new holes through out those areas.
I’m just going to purchase a new tank when I can. For now I’ve stole the tank from my white GTi.
My welding certainly leaves much to be desired. I figured out my main issue was that I had the feed and the power turned up too high. Also the rust on the cat was ruining my bead on that weld.
5 welds and I just clamped the muffler back on and it passed inspection. I buzzed off the weld to clean it up and check for cracks and voids, you know, all those terms I don’t know. Yeah I suffered greatly in the beginning but I definitely got better by the end.
Oh, yeah, I forgot to mention that I plowed a crosswalk sign a bent the flange just in front of the cat.
I was looking so hard left and right that I completely forgot they put these signs in the middle of the road, literally on the double yellow on the cross walk. As I pulled out, I cut left still checking left and right when the sign finally appeared from behind the a-pillar. I slammed on the brakes but I had to have been going over 15-20 mph and did not the get on the brakes until about 10 feet away.
No real notable damage besides the exhaust flange. I bent it back into shape and tacked it in a few spots. Tried to run a bead but I was just blowing metal away like crazy. So I just decided it was good enough to run it, but I’m never taking pictures of that garbage.