Rear panel repairs.
The rear panel looked straight to begin with but there was tell tail signs of body filler which was falling out. After stripping it back to the bare steel ,it could be seen tht the panel wasn’t too badly damaged ,
The white stuff is old body filler which will be removed.
A few small rust outs have been welded up the ring shows more filler which has been parti ally removed.
On the right side there is a rust hole which will be repaired with a patch.
On both sides of the fuel door i had to shrink out a pair of dents which had been filled. Hard to see here but it’s now very smooth .
These are the two dents i removed
i rebuilt this engine 3 years ago but it was plagued with a leaky rear seal . It’s a 10 hour job to get it out of the car and the car isn’t driven much so it took a while to fit it into the schedule .
After Christmas 2016 and I’m slowly catching up with all of the work in the shop,first up is further rust repair on the W112 300SE lang. under the booster it had rusted, not badly ,just ugly …
Years of spilled brake fluid has burnt off the paint ,leaving the steel bare and open to rust.
The rusted parts have been removed and inside the crossmember cleaned and rust treat .
New top piece has been cut out of Zinanneal 1mm to match the existing panel,
because of the complex shapes ,the replacements have to made in cardboard first to get all the shapes organised first.
The Front drivers side has a bit more rust repair required esecailly under the brake booster. The booster had to removed because of a lack of brakes.
This is the section under the brake booster ,the round hole is where the booster is mounted to the car . this sort of corosion is caused by leaking brake fluid removing the paint .
This the front inner part under the positon where the air cleaner is mounted . Rust has eaten the inside of the upper chassis section out .
And… the underside of the booster . No wonder the car was idling fast and without brakes.
the new doors are in process of being derusted .:-)
Nest step will etch priming then priming in preparation for paint.
Most of the rusty panels on the left side have now been removed with help from the oner,Phiol. Phil ha flown in from Western Australia to see how it’s done..
the lower sections have to removed to get rid of all the rust and restore the Strength to the body.
as can be seen the jack point is rotten with rust opening holes into the cars interior .
the bottom of the wheel house wall is removed to gain access to the rust .
the rusted parts are ground off to the edge of rust free metal
measn while in the Front the rusted parts have been sought out ,the left side is qite good (apart from the sill sections)
On the Right side the booster will have to removed to get at the rust under it, leaking brake fluid has stripped off the paint and resulting moisture has attacked the steel.
the bottom of the front chassis support will need to be replaced.
In the left front guard it can be seen that the PVC undercoating covered everything,unlike lesser Finnys.
The fuel tank sender shows that it is basically shot.
All the way from W.A is this horizon blue 300SE with some serious rust problems. Not so unusual in a finny but serious enough to require a lot of work to rectify.
left rear Jack point has basically rusted right away,as someone has found in the past when attempting to lif the car .
iLeft rear boot box floor ,a normal rust spot and no worse than others . Rear box section ,no seriouis rust outs.
Right front chassis strengthening member rusted out . Rain water gets inside this section and if the lower drain holes are blocked,they eventually rust away . This particularly bad as that is the air cleaner visible in the center.
Inner left boot box side .
inner left rear chassis mount.
Left rear anti dive link mount
Inner side of left front sill section .Showing sever rust. this will all be replaced .
Steel spring installation where the air springs have been removed .