Post by stantondavies on Jan 10, 2015 23:42:28 GMT
For several years I had pestered my bodyman to do a bit of welding on the sills. Then his arm was twisted by the MOT failure. So up went the car on the single post lift, and out came the hammer to knock away at the rot. The holes got larger, and larger, and the following photographs graphically illustrate the warnings, often given on this board, of hidden horrors beneath seemingly sound cars.
Post by stantondavies on Jan 20, 2015 22:02:07 GMT
Near side front wing.
The original wing had had a JRW repair panel which had bubbled along the join. I was in mind to repair again but in the end plumped for replacing with a secondhand replacement wing from the BL era. This was stripped to bare metal and then etched primed. Looked quite good in primer! Initially I tried paint stripper which was hard work and took a lot of stripper. But it still needed a lot of mechanical removal as well, particularly getting rid of spots of surface rust. So from then on all stripping was done mechanically with a silicone grit wheel.
Post by stantondavies on Jan 20, 2015 22:11:54 GMT
Much has been written recently about difficulty in fitting wings. This wing took a day and a half's work to fit. The following photos give an idea of the problems, but that's the BL era quality for you.
Post by stantondavies on Jan 21, 2015 18:41:58 GMT
So you think you are safe? I did until I took a pry bar to the rear seat belt mounting. I had drilled another hole to attach the seat belt some years ago, as I couldn't get the keeper out of the original mounting. Do you think it is electrolytic reaction?