This post continues the high-level description of the body shell repairs.
Rear quarter panel repairs
Next up was tackling the rust hidden behind the rear quarter panel (behind the rear wheel) on the right side of the vehicle.
Rear wheel arch and jacking point repairs
New repair panels were fabricated for both the left and right rear wheel arches (forward of the rear wheels). The right side required more extensive repairs.
Both the rear jacking points were replaced, along with some rusted areas behind the jacking points.
Sills and spats
New sills and spats were fitted. As with the door skins, we found that the spats took a bit of work to ensure that the edges aligned evenly with the bodywork. Lin Rose found similar issues.
Saddle panel – under the front Grill
The saddle panel under the front grill required replacement – this is a common problem area. A new panel was fabricated, test fitted and welded into position.
Panhard Rod mounting reinforcement
We decided that making up this little bracket was a good idea, and that there would never be an easier time than now! Mike and the team made up a bracket similar to the one shown in the service bulletin.
Wow! Another milestone has been reached, the body is finally completed! There have been numerous other repairs and the result is absolutely worth all the effort. In Mike Baucke’s words (The Surgery) … “The MK2 has reached an exciting part of the restoration … we have completed all of the filling* and finishing*. The body looks excellent and has never been as straight”.
There is a pause at the moment while the coffers are refilled. Also the BIG decision re colour needs to be thought about.
* Filling, finishing, straightening, and shaping of all exterior body panels. This covers all body panel repairs, old accident repairs, new and old factory welded joins on panels, new panels fitted, and all dents removed.