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PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2019 7:38 pm 
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I've got the car booked in for cill replacement next month, so have decided to leave the rear of the cills and inner arch closing sections until this is done - so this weekend I made a start on the nearside.

Having cleared all the clutter in the garage to the opposite side, I moved the car so it was right up against the offside so I could get to the nearside with relative ease - wouldn't a double garage be nice!

Generally the nearside seems in better order - marginally..
I set about removing the paint and rust from the most affected areas of the arch and lower wing and also the boot floor.

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Like the offside, I cut the lower wing just above the bumper mounting and also the repair panel to fit - I will joddle the car panel to fit the repair in place. More of the outer panel is salvageable and also more of the inner wing is sound than the offside.

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I cut out all the grot from the inner arch and also the boot floor. I will use the club repair section here, although much of the floor is still sound. There is a small patch that was welded in at the back of the floor nearer the bumper, but I have cut this out too so as I can make a repair piece with a flange that can be welded to the lower wing.

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Next steps will be to make up a few inner arch repairs, weld up the new lower wing panel and also the boot floor.

Up until now, I've been using a disposable gas canister - I have been surprised how long this lasted. As I have a fair way to go, I have purchased some gas from Hobbyweld in a bigger cylinder. I have noticed a distinct change in the quality of the weld with this gas- less spatter. On grounds of elf and safety, I have purchased a trolley for the welder and the cylinder - that is how I sold it to my wife anyway!

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2019 7:52 pm 
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welding trolley make life easier when moving around the garage,how come your not fitting the full yourself,nice work so far

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:18 pm 
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Did you go for Hobbyweld 5, or 15?

I have been using their oxygen cylinders, with MAPP gas, on a lead welding set for quite a few years and they are very good value.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:50 pm 
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Did you go for Hobbyweld 5, or 15?

I have been using their oxygen cylinders, with MAPP gas, on a lead welding set for quite a few years and they are very good value.
Yes Hobbyweld 5. Good value as you say and seems good quality.

Good point on the cills Dave. I just feel happier knowing that they will be done properly. I am no expert at this game!

More to follow....

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:50 pm 
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So the last few weeks have found me pottering in the garage for the odd hour here and there. I've been working on the nearside boot area and inner wheelarch area - generally in better order than the offside, with just 2 repairs required to the inners.

I mentioned that I had struggled a bit making repair sections on curved metalwork, especially trying to create the flange. Reading a MGB restoration thread one evening on F.B, showed a chap who had created some good repairs using an M12 bolt with a slit in the thread.. so I had a go..

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It really worked well and I was pleased with the results - a good trick!

I have now also fitted the lower wing repair panel and boot floor repair panel.
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All the welded areas were then painted with Epoxy primer followed by seam sealer, followed by more primer. Underneath has been painted with Epoxy Mastic, but I intend to strip off some more of the underseal in this area before I continue just to deal with any further rust that may be lurking - no more holes though.
I then top coated the boot with an aerosol paint I had mixed at my local motor factor - very pleased I was too with the quality.


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I have now removed the doors, seats etc ready for the cills to be replaced in a few weeks. The doors will be kept handy so as they can be offered up to check the alignment etc. The doors are in super condition as is the interior in general.

More to follow in due course folks.
Regards Matt.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2019 2:42 pm 
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Well done looking good

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 04, 2019 3:54 pm 
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Things are looking great Matt, you will be taking this up as a job soon? :lol: :lol:

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2019 3:37 pm 
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Last week saw the start of the replacement of the cills. I decided to farm this out as I want to ensure they are as sound as possible. I employed the services of a mobile welder - Scott M Motors. https://classiccarmobilewelding.co.uk/ Scott came along and spent two days removing the old o/s cill, fabricating the lower part of the inner reinforcer panel and preparing and welding in new inner and outer cills.

The old inner and outer cill was totally shot. The outer had been replaced at somepoint, however with no cavity protection or drain holes evident hasn't lasted. The removal of the outer took no more than a good tug - it was just tacked on with a few tack welds all of poor penetration - 'may as well be stuck on with blu tac' exclaimed Scott!
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With the outer and inner cut out, the inner reinforcer could be seen. Again, in pretty poor condition mainly at each end and along the lower 1-2 inches. This rot was cut out and a new piece welded along the lower length.

Scott then proceeded to clean up and then get cracking with the welding - after he had trial fitted them with the doors back on. His welding skills are excellent and I am glad to have a good strong cill. My only slight gripe is the rear door where the gap isn't too uniform with the top edge of the cill - I did read that James had had to cut some slits in one of his cills to overcome this - we should have done the same. I may be able to adjust the door to overcome this.

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He will return in October to do the nearside - he is very busy. I did no preparation for the o/s as he wanted to see it in its original state, however now we know what can be removed and cleaned up in preparation I will make sure this is done before he returns.
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Scott was very impressed with the club cills - nice one Alun!

As a little change from metalwork, I decided I would refurbish the rear numberplate. SWU still retains the original Unipart plates, however the yellow reflective backing on the rear was chipped and flaking off in places. I obtained some new material from my local motor factor, so removed the digits carefully and stripped off the old material using a heat gun and scraper. I gave the aluminium mounting plate a good clean up and polish with Autosol before applying a spray adhesive to the material and plate. It has come up really nicely having refitted the digits with new starlock washers behind.



Next job will be to tackle some grot in the offside front wheelarch...after a family holiday!



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2019 6:19 pm 
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A nice job there Matt, no wonder the guy is busy :D

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Some great progress there!

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