In article <3C679339.A193C790@cam.ac.uk>, T. .R. Dafforn
>I have done all the body work that you discribe on Sophie (You've seen the
I have indeed. Want to do Carly for me? There's be a pint of
Spitfire in it for you...
>, and I wouldn't attempt it unless you have a years worth of weekends,
>VERY understanding wife, shares in elastoplast, and good psycotherapy!
This is not an encouraging set of requirements.
>Everyone is right, the sills are the MOST important parts, then the floors.
Thankfully, those are all done.
>Worth also looking at where the rear radius arm mounts, mine was
>waggling in the
>air when I checked (hence wicked rear end bump steer!!)
>Rear wings and arches, get them replaced together. can be done pretty quickly,
>(first side 4 weekends, 2nd side 1 weekend I am sure a pro could be much
>quicker) and once done you don't have to worry. BTW get the insides of
>coated in copious quantities of hamerite!
That's lots of votes in favour of complete wings/arches, and only one
vote for arches only (and that only if the damage is minor, which I
don't think it is). I'm beginning to sense a trend here.
>Widescreed surround, you are right, the bit under the windscreen rubber is
>usually in pretty good condition (the reverse of what is usually true,). The
>flange bit rusts first, I think because of water finding its way in from the
>top. These can be bought and replaced, I patched mine.
I think I'll have a go at mine with a wire brush, and see what I find. I
hope I've got to them in time.
>Door skin. get them reskined!
>Bonnet, front edges are a disaster, patched mine, but had to rush it,
D*mn. And I suppose all second-hand bonnets will have gone in exactly
the same place, and that new bonnets will be unobtainable, or cost
hundreds of pounds. :-(
>Rust on the seams (VERY VERY common), mine has same dispite sand blasting, rust
>proofing and repainting with 2-pack.
Bloomin' 'eck, Tucker! How's a ham-fisted amateur like me supposed to
> One trick, get some wax-oil, spray it on
>the seam, squidge it in well with you finger, and the T-cut off the rest. Gives
>you a little more time before the rust returns!
Does anyone make an aluminium bonnet?
>In fact spray wax oil in all those sorts of places.
>Hope this helps
A lot. Many thanks.
Michael Hargreave Mawson, author of "Eyewitness in the Crimea"
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