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Old 22-04-2019, 11:22 PM   #21
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Ok so still got lots of fetling to do on the front bumper and tail lid so thought id take off the rear bumper to gain access to the panels in that area and see whats on the shopping list for next month,,,First get the 4 bolts out on brackets,, always the bloody!!! same eh, 3 out 1 spinning the captive nut in box channel,,, no worries gained access through massive rust hole tried mole grips, no good so dragged the mig out and welded best as possible until it freed off.
Looks like most of the panels are going to need replacing will know more when i make a start in each area also battery trays by the look of it,the left one has a diesel tank for the internal heater which is shot other one not much better probably,
Right back to bumper also looks worse for wear and a load of rust on the rear with several holes coming through,,,managed to remove paint and access damage, bent as buggery and rusty as hell,,spent about 2 hours bashing back to some sort of shape and thought if it was worth it as a new one is about 110,, so im going to compromise and save abit of time by cutting out all the rust and instead de-rusting and fiber pasting for now until funds permit,, hopefully last for a year or two who knows?? unless someones got one they dont need in much better state than mine ,,,,cough cough!!!!
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Old 22-04-2019, 11:25 PM   #22
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few pics of fibre filling used a bit of ali tape on other side (good stuff)
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Old 27-04-2019, 11:25 PM   #23
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got a few bits done removed the bumper irons cleaned up and gave a few coats of red oxide,,both were quite rusty but salvageable gonna give it a few days before the topcoat just so i can rub out a few of the runs on them,,, also removed the diesel can for the auxiliary heater,, well it almost fell through the tray,,has got a few pin holes in the base but thought i might do a bit more fibre pasting as inside looks like new,,as its diesel not highly flammable compared to petrol should be ok well will test it for a few weeks to see for any leaks,, but first wire brushed best as possible and added a coat of rust killer before the next step.
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Old 05-05-2019, 11:08 PM   #24
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Not done much last few days as working but today had a fiddle with a few bits managed to rub down the bit of primer i put on the deck lid its getting there maybe a few more coats before the top coat gets a look in,,,,also got rid of the paint from that old Jerry can and gave it a coat of rust killer,,still not sure it does much apart from going black i still find the need to rub must of it off before i paint over it as it seems to have a powdery surface which paint aint going to stick on,,,if anyone else has the same problem or can recommend something else then drop a line,,,also gave the rear bumper brackets a first coat of white Hammerite type stuff actually lidls i think,, not worried about runs as not seen just building up a few protective coats.
come on summer need the temps to rise so some spraying can commence,,,,,,
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Old 13-05-2019, 10:59 PM   #25
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Hooray the suns decided to show itself again that means a bit of painting could be done,,, had a few hours spare so scrubbed that old Jerry to get rid of the rust converter gave it a bit of primer and thought id spray it with a small pot of red rustoleum painter touch i brought for 50p last year,,, what a big mistake!!!! tried to thin a little bit in a spray can top with rustoleums own thinners er no to that how about white spirit,,,no what about cellulose thinners? nah!! onto xylene did the trick i thought until i started spraying in which after a couple of mins started to blob and then turned into a blancmange in the bottom of the gun,,,took 2 hours to clean out,,, fortunately some managed to get on the jerry can before it totally gummed up looks ok for now...
also managed to prime the rear deck lid gave it a quick rub down with a bit of wet n dry and hit it with the blue rustoleum just wanted to see how it looks,,went on a bit thick but will thin a bit more next time,, in this case the rustoleums own thinners worked fine even white spirt is ok to use as i used it to clean down the gun fine...
Ordered some panels from vw heritage and hopefully move on to the next bit,,,also gave bumper brackets another coat of white,,
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Old 20-05-2019, 11:20 PM   #26
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had a few hours to play so thought id take off the sliding door and see the damage,, took a while to remove as heavy and awkward but once off stripped it totally also removing the glass as i will be replacing all the rubber seals as their all cracked,,my vw heritage package included bottom outer and inner door repair panels but looks like i will be fabricating a whole load more for the window area,, hopefully make a start cutting out tomorrow,as you can see ive made a few measurements to act as some reference on replacement.
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Old 20-05-2019, 11:25 PM   #27
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Old 21-05-2019, 11:57 PM   #28
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What a glorious day it was,, managed to get out and chop the bottom of the sliding door well it almost fell off as it was so rusty,,1st to tackle was the inner repair panel, in the end i welded the ends as appropriate and spot welded the rest along its length with a lap joint,the bottom roller fixing bracket was so rusty a new one had to be fabricated and welded in, took all day to complete this one panel but im quite happy with the result,,ive used seam sealer along all the length and sprayed a bit of rustolium primer to keep the rust at bay(for a while).
next is the front panel but going to take a bit of prep as theres a 1/4" of filler to clear off first as well as the usual fitting hassle that goes with it..
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Old 22-05-2019, 12:01 AM   #29
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Old 24-05-2019, 11:33 PM   #30
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ok managed to get out and do a bit more,, a bit of seam sealer to stop water ingress with a bit of metal paint for protection in future,,, marked up the new panel on the door and cut the last half inch or so,,cleaned off some of the filler to get back to bare metal in fact i chiselled a huge chunk off first(one slice or two?),,,had a lot of hassle trying the new panel for fitment as it didnt have the correct curve of the door,,,after a lot more bashing i think im about right so gave it a coat of paint and left it to dry before i attempt to fit next week...
PS does anyone have the sizes of these rollers to compare and see how worn they are as they are pitted and look as though there is wear,,dont want to just buy em if i dont need them and they are dear for what you get...
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