After six years or so off the road I took a first look at it over the Easter break. My initial plan was to make sure it was running OK then put it back together and stick it in for an MOT. The good news was that after swapping out a failed fuel pump she started straight up and all sounds good there. Bad news was that after taking off the damaged underseal I discovered the panel that's welded on to the body to form the bottom of the wheel arch is far worse that I expected and has rotten pretty badly.
Bit of work to do before an MOT.
The rot seems to be restricted to only this panel, after chiselling some off the body, it hasn't spread into the floorpan. I'm guessing this panel wasn't as well treated as the main body shell is and where it was jacked up on it in the past the broken underseal has let the water in.
I can't find this panel to buy complete, I found what I thought was it on servicebox but it's NFP so unless anyone knows better I'll have to reconstruct both sides and possibly some of the centre. The plan is to cut /chisel out all the rot and replace with 1mm Mild steel Zintec. Has anyone fabricated this area before? Mine looks like it's been jacked up on both sides but not sure if that's how it was supposed to look.
After seeing how far it had spread I decided that to do a proper job the engine and subframe will need to be removed so I've started stripping the front end down in preparation. Driveshafts and Struts are out
I'm considering whether I need to take the wings/sideskirts off to check behind as well? I cleaned up and treated the boot floor up to the fuel tank before when I rebuilt the rear beam but I'm wondering whether to drop the fuel tank to check up there as well?
I've seen there's been a few quality restorations on here and I'm looking for tips as to what rust treatment/primers etc you guys have had successes with. I've read a lot about POR15/Zinc primers but not sure which is the best way to go?I'm leaning towards the Bilt Hamber stuff.
I should have access to an engine hoist in a couple weeks so plan to get the engine out then. Until then I'll be continuing with the wire wheel and the grinder, Progress will likely be slow as I'll only be working on it over the weekends.
My Initial Todo list:
Any hints or thoughts gratefully received.
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