Well about time for an update I wish i had a great deal to report but the build slowed down and came to a complete halt at times. The wife and I were toying with the idea of moving house so the front end went back in and so did the engine. 1 to tidy up my workshop and 2 its easier to transport a whole car instead of parts. The other main factor is my workshop is cold as hell in winter and there is very little motivation to leave the warm house to freeze in the workshop. Well a few months passed and we both sort of went cold on the idea of moving house.
As the weather got warmer I started heading down to the workshop just looking at the car and moving bits and pieces around. Then I came across Cam's 808 build that I had a read of from start to finish, it was all the motivation I needed to get stuck in the wagon. There is not a huge amount of rust in the car but the bits that need work are pretty bad. First port of call was the outer rocker panels one side completely shot the other just needs a repair. I will let the picks tell the rest of the story.
A few rust holes but I knew something more sinister lied underneath.
The more I dug the worse it got filler up to 10mm in places.
The only way to do a proper repair was to unpick the whole section and replace it.
The section removed had a large repair from years gone by. no proper prep resulted in terminal rust in this section as can be seen in the section I have removed. This repair is beyond my fabricating skills (which are none existant its the first time Im having a go at major repairs) so I have a fabricator looking at making this section for me.
The other side was no where near as back but still bigger than what was hidden under the filler.
After Having a chat with Dave I purchased some sheet metal and set out to fabricate a patch. I made a custom metal bender (square tube mounted to the side of my work bench) and started bending and bashing.
Im more than happy how it has turned out the profile is a perfect fit and I got it first time either a total fluke or I might have a nack for this kind of stuff. im currently doing a bit of practice on some scrap sheet metal before I attempt to weld it in, Ive never welded metal this thin and I keep blowing holes in it so when Im confident I will have a go at welding it in. Thanks to Dave for the pointers and Cam for the inspiration. Hope to have another update soon.