June 26, 2019 at 4:27 pm #1526
Although I had repaired the front driver’s door, I wasn’t really happy with it. The welding had caused some buckling of the surface, and I was sure that this would show after painting.
When I met up with Russ and Ian Hannington the gave me a door that was damaged, in case it would be useful for parts. The door was bent diagonally across, but the bottom section was not in bad condition. So I decided to cut off the bottom of this door and graft it onto my door.
Here is the top half of the donor door, showing the bend. And below is the bottom half after welding to my door.
I cut the doors across just under the reinforcing beam that is inside. I also put a square tube in the vertical beam on the left hand side, to align the door parts and give more strength. To avoid any distortion, I started from the vertical beam and placed small weld tacks all the way along. I figured that working from one end would allow the door to expand with the heat without causing buckling. This worked out well.
So I am very pleased with the way it turned out. I still need to add a bit of reinforcement to the rear edge of the door, but once prepared for painting, this will be a good door!July 10, 2019 at 5:04 pm #1531
The drivers side body welding is now pretty much complete, and will be prepared for painting later on. Now I can start on the passenger side, which should be less work.July 16, 2019 at 12:11 pm #1536
Now it’s time to start on the passenger side repairs. The new wheel arch has been cut to size and welded in.
The front part of the wing will be fabricated to mate up with this; as on the other side.July 17, 2019 at 5:30 pm #1537
Ok, it looks a bit like Frankenstein’s monster at the moment, but the front wing is almost complete. One the welds have been ground flat, this will look better.July 18, 2019 at 4:35 pm #1539
The front closing piece has been welded in and the welds ground back. I have given it all a coat of red oxide paint to protect it, as it is forecast to be rainy for the next couple of days.
So that’s the front end pretty much done. next will be the floor repairs on the passenger side.
geoffJuly 26, 2019 at 3:11 pm #1547
I decided to have a change from cutting and grinding. The weather has been too hot for much work, so I decided to get the replacement bonnet prepared for painting. So it needed rubbing down and then a couple of coats of primer. Now I will have to wait for a good weather day for the final coat.August 2, 2019 at 10:20 am #1549
And here is the bonnet after topcoat. It may need another coat yet. It’s starting to look good though!
August 8, 2019 at 5:03 pm #1551
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More work on the passenger side floor. Finished cutting the rusty metal out, and put a square tube across the door opening to give some strength. Then welded a new piece of galvanised 2mm thick for the floor. Just needs some tidying up around the edges.August 12, 2019 at 4:34 pm #1556
That’s the floor done. On to the rear wheelarch next.August 15, 2019 at 5:04 pm #1557
Rear axle wire brushed and painted with primer. Filthy job – but it has to be done!
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