I'm in the process of attempting to get my bug roadworthy again after discovering that the passenger side sill had pretty much fallen out.
I'm trying to decide how best to repair the sill and heater channel. I think patching up the floor pan edge and welding a new bottom plate would be a bad idea for safety reasons in an accident, as the bottom plate would not be fixed to the inside of the heater channel, so I'm wondering about the feasibility of replacing the whole heater channel.
The edge of the floor is in poor condition, but the middle of the floor has been previously replaced in the car, and the body is welded to the floor in a fair few places.
I don't really have the time or money for a body off restoration just at the moment, but I don't want to make something unsafe and bodged. I was wondering about cutting the whole heater channel out, letting in a floorplan edge repair panel, then welding in a new heater channel like this guy http://www.volkszone.com/VZi/showthread.php?t=682286&page=4
- what does everyone think?
I would describe myself as a beginner to intermediate welder, having welded in wheel arch repair panels front and rear, and a hooky's door pillar repair on the driver's side, and the door shuts properly.