Well, it's over to me then!
Shaun delivered VA138 just after Christmas, it was sput straight into the garage on the dolly so I could set about poking and prodding in all the usual areas to see what repairs are needed.
The worst area is below the windscreen, not just the outer panel but water had been sitting on the seam join between the outer panel and the top of the bulkhead causing it to completely rust through. This is going to require some extensive repairs.
I have been pondering over how to do this for a few days and the best way is to remove the outer panel below the screen completely to allow me access to repair the inner panel. I will have to cut the seam just below the bonnet shut line (the pencil line in the photo), remove the wing corners like RUK, drill out the spot welds around the screen and cut the outer panel on the A pillar. We can then see the full extent of the rust problems and take it from there.
The lower front valence and wings look to have been replaced in the past, the repairs have been done to a reasonable standard as well so I am very reluctant to remove the wings, The seam where the outer valence joins the inner just in front of the bonnet hinges is completely shot. Repairable, but the upper part of the outer valence needs to be removed.
The front jacking points need some work as well as the inner wheelarches, simple jobs.
The rears are a different story, they have been badly repaired in the past and will need to be cut out and done again. So as I need the rear dolly mounted on the jacking points this is where I will start.
Removed the paint and cut out all of the rust, the rear quarter looks good and the wheelarches are original....
Just need to repair the inners and the jacking point and we are back in business.