I had thought about the scrappy route a few years ago but the ones around here don’t let you wander round the yard. I haven’t been for a few years now so maybe something has changed. I have the metal here to make the wheel tubs so will likely try that first. Norman
Right then, here is today’s progress. Can’t believe how long this took. I prepared the area for welding with weld through primer. I welded the first piece on by spot and seam welds.
This is the repair section i made which needs a couple of captured nuts Welded in for the bump stop. I painted the inside with weld through primer.
This is the last picture for now, it’s the repair section let in and attached by spot and seam welding. The next thing to tackle is the rest of the chassis leg which i started to today but forgot pictures. I drilled out the spot welds and have most of the rotten bit out. The rest of it has been seam welded to the floor and plates welded over that. I will need to carefully cut that out with the grinder. I don’t know if i will do anything over the weekend as my wife is fed up being left alone in the house! We may go out tomorrow for a run (In the car) just to get out of the house for a while. Oops forgot the last picture. As usual any suggestions or criticisms welcome. Thanks for the encouragement thus far. Norman
When i bought this it had been mot’d that week and he said it drove ok. The brakes were non existent and fuel was pouring out the tank! Yes the roof is ok, there is some rust in the pillars mainly at the rear but doesn’t look too bad. I hope to get to the end of the structural welding in the next few days then it will be onto body repairs ! The four doors need some major welding but that’s for another time. I am getting fed up with the welding now but don’t want to stop as i may not start again. All the best, Norman
Hi landruster, I have no deadline for this i just try to do something each day. If i were to leave it for a while i would find it hard to go back to. I am retired now so have plenty of time on my hands. I also have back problems so if i were to sit around the house my back will stiffen up and I won’t be able to move. Anyway onwards and upwards, back to the grind tomorrow. Norman
Today i chopped a lot of rotten chassis leg and floor. I had wondered why the balance had shifted on the rotisserie then realised i had taken a few kilos from one side.
By this time i had made a big hole even bigger.
I also chopped a bit if the wheel arch away to give better access, well i say wheel arch but it was filler.
Next i reconstructed the bit off floor that the chassis leg fits to. The flanges were treated with weld through primer.
Now lastly i have half a chassis leg fitted, the other half will be done tomorrow.
When i get this part finished i will tie this part into the side of the rear wings. I don’t know how it was originally done but i will make it up as i go along. As usual feel free to comment on the work so far. All the best for now, Norman
Yes the car should be quicker as i have removed double and treble layers of metal and loads of underseal as well as body filler. The bags and buckets the old bits are in i can hardly lift them. Tomorrow’s another day, hopefully will get a bit more done
Hi folks, didn’t get much done today as i was late getting out to the garage. I have the rear chassis legs together and will fully weld them tomorrow.
I think you can just about see the view through one spring hanger eye and through the other. I must have them reasonably in line!
Tomorrow after i complete the welding on the chassis leg I may start the rear valence. It is double skinned, i have replaced the inner skin and will try to do the outer. There are four tubes between the skins that the bumper mounts onto. I only have three of them so will need to search around the garage and see if i can find anything suitable. I will need to offer the bumper up and get the mounting positions. That will be fun trying to hold and mark these on my own. I will update tomorrow and post pictures of the progress. All the best for now and stay safe. Norman
Norman - your 'can do' approach is an inspiration and I look forward to your regular updates. It requires a level of skill and perserverance that I simply don't have so I tip my hat to you! Keep at it 👍
This is the work from yesterday and today. I made the rear valence rear skin previously and had that fitted. I painted between the inner and outer skin with hydrate 80 then copper weld through primer.
Next i made the outer rear valence which has a slight curve in it. I tried to shrink the flange but it was too wide for the shrinker. Instead i cut a few slits in it which allowed me to get the shape. Here are a few pics to show the progress.
This is it tacked in place, it will be fully welded.
Here it is fully welded and then dressed back.
I was quite happy the way the rear valence turned out, either my welding or my grinding is getting better. Next i had a look at the rear inner wing which was covered with underseal and some sort of hairy carpet fibres. I tried using a flap disc but it clogged up in seconds. I ended up using petrol soaked rags which after about an hour of hard rubbing and scraping moved it. I don’t know what the purpose of this was, perhaps for sound deadening. Here are pics before and after.
Next i think i will look at the rear wheel arches and rear corners, there is lots of rust and body filler in these areas. Please feel free to comment. All the best, Norman
Right today i decided to attack the rear corners and arches. I stood looking for a while trying to fathom out what i was going to do. Out with the grinder and chop more metal out. I acquired a repair section for one side a few years ago it neither fits or anything else. I did some cutting bashing etc and now it kinda fits. To make the corners i cut a piece of plate and folded a flange onto it. I then used the shrinker to make the curves. I should have had my Weetabix today!
This is the rear area i tackled, i chopped out more metal and set about making the corner.
Here is the first side tacked in and fully welded.
Feeling reasonably pleased i set about the other side. Here is it done.
And finally a pic of the completed valence and corners. I decided not to have a gap between the valence and corners as i think it looks cleaner. The next task is to fit the wheel arch repair section and tie it to the rear corner.
Please feel free to comment and thanks fir the kind words of encouragement. All the best, Norman
Today i started to one of the wheel arches. I read something on a thread, I don’t know if it was on here or another forum. Anyhow it came to mind today, the saying was “all the gear no idea”. That’s how i felt today, i stood looking wondering how to attack this. Get the grinder out and start chopping and sanding. I started sanding back looking for good metal and i did find some. Here are the pics of the chopped out part and prep.
Next i trimmed the new wheel arch and rounded one end. I read somewhere that a rounded end gave less distortion when welded. Here is the wheel arch repair section tacked in. I will need to fit a piece between this and the rear corner. It isn’t going to align very well as i have a height discrepancy. I looked on line and found a picture of a Vogue and it does go upwards from the arch to the rear corner so i may have to revisit the corner to bring the two parts together. Here is the pic at the end of play.
Tomorrow I will try and tie the two parts together, that will be fun. The task after that is to do something with the other side. I don’t have a repair panel for the other side so will need to try and make something. The repair panel is available but at over a £100 and with a six month lead time I wouldn’t be getting one. You can get a BIG tin of filler and mould it for less, just kidding, i will try and fabricate something close to the shape. As usual any comments welcome and thanks again for the words of encouragement. All the best, Norman