greg Posted August 1, 2008 Share Posted August 1, 2008 Having taken delivery of the car last thursday 24/07/08 it has since sat on my drive awaiting my mid week break from work this week. Having read the ebay advert, MOT failure sheet, and having had a quick look underneath before buying I knew that the jacking points were in need of replacement and that the sill area around the seatbelt mounts needed attention along with a small amount of welding needed on the inner wing near the washer bottle. The rest looked good as was heavily covered in a wax undersealent, indeed these were the only areas picked up for the MOT. On wednesday I decided to make a start on the above areas beginning with the jacking points which I had intended to remove and replace with some steel bar on a temporary basis to get it through the MOT. As I began to peel away the underseal it some became apparant that it was hidding more rot, infact rust was coming away with the sealant and revealing holes in its place. After about 1 hour it became clear that she wouldn't be just a quick patch up job and the decision made to strip the car down and do a proper restoration. The rest of the day was spent labeling and removing the whole wiring loom and the nosecone inorder to get the car ready for the engine and gearbox to come out. A few pics of the rot found so far at front from a quick look in the usually bad areas. Battery tray which looked fine until sealant was removed. Washer bottle area where sealant had lifted slightly. Was hoping to get the engine out still attached to the cross member, but was hampered due to the fact that nearside brace bolt has at some point been welded to the chassis leg Opinions of the car so far are that the engine install and upper body work have been done to a high standard. The sealant applied to the underside and the floor inside the car seems to have either trapped moisture in that was there before it was applied or has absorbed it like a sponge. Seeing that the car passed it's last MOT in April 07 the amount of corrosion in 12 months is incredible. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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