The bodywork continues......
This is the boot lid frame during
repair. All the flanges have been replaced where the frame joins the lid
skin as well as a patch made to replace a rusted area (seen bottom left).
There has also been a lot of straightening out done as well where previous
accident damage has occurred. I have rust treated the inside of the frame
and it is now ready to be spot welded back into the lid skin.
Both rear guards need the front
"dog leg" replaced and general repairs. I am using Kilmartin replacement
sections for this. As the wired edges around the wheel arches are ok on
both guards I'm cutting the sections in at an angle to replace the rusted
areas. There is also a Kilmartin dog leg available which includes the wired
The rusted area has been cut
away and the replacement section trimmed to suit. After checking the fit
on the car the process of tacking has begun using a #8 oxy acetylene tip.
The image above shows the tacking, starting about 1/2 inch in from one
edge, the front flange will be welded later. After each tack the shrinking
that takes place is released using a hammer and dolly so the the area retains
most of its shape, it is a slow process but getting it right at this point
The tacking is completed, and
the whole area dressed with hammer and dolly to shape.
Once again using a #8 tip the
two sections are fused together ( no filler wire used) with a single pass.
The whole area is now dressed
and after careful checking for shape on the car, the flanged edge is welded.