Not good news I am afraid.
Have made a start on the nearside, cut away a section of (the remnants of) the outer sill
and while expecting it to be bad, was surprised at how bad it is......
I am not sure, should I be warning they folk of a nervous disposition to look away?
This is the front where it meets the A-post. Water had crept below the tread plate and the sill is rusty on the underside too.
The middle (diaphragm) sill here has vanished.
Looking up through
the sill into the B-post, no less.
I made the hole with just my fingers
. Whilst not actually holed the adjacent areas are very thin (and would undoubtedly
look like a string semmit after shot blasting
The C-post to sill join, doesn't look too bad, but however the hidden top outer sill has rotted away.
About 20 years ago I broke a W reg Dolomite 1300 for spares. The back passenger door wouldn't open,
on removing the door trim the reason became apparent, the linkages inside were disconnected.
On opening the door I was greeted with an almost non existent C-post.
Whilst the outer sill is worse than expected, at least most of the inner sill is intact (except for the front).
I will fit a full outer sill. To this end I have ordered one. It is a £174 cost I wasn't anticipating but these knocks are to be expected.