This is what happens when I lose my temper, in this case with a Harbor Freight sheet metal nibbler. It kept jamming and refusing to move through the metal even though it appeared to be working fine. With growing frustration, and after examining the tool several times to figure out was wrong, and after trying to push it through the ridiculously thin 0.050″ 3003 aluminum, I snapped, slamming it down on the floor. So now I get to buy a new one, and had to cut out the panels with snips. Why show this? Just to show that not everything always goes smoothly in Self-Builder Land.
It was hard to get a shot that showed the 3-D nature of the outer firewall panels. The remaining center panel that connects the two is going to be a bit tricky, and already several cardboard models have been discarded. Then there’s the question of whether or not to weld all three pieces together (but then it may be hard to get it in and out.) Or, flange the outside parts and have the center panel bolt to them.
Mentally, these three panels – for whatever reason – have been a real drag. I think once it’s dealt I’ll be over the hump, though there’s still the dash cover. It was made once before but it’s been decided that it can be done better, and since it’s right up there where I’ll be second-guessing it every time I drive the car, may as well deal with it sooner rather than later.