Cheers Will :D
Just a bit more...
Luckily, I had these nice red floorpans from VW Heritage. Much nicer than the normal repro ones ;)
Took me a few weeks to get round to fitting them though, after a few small repairs to the front section. I had only done the framehead bottom 2 or 3 year ago, so that was OK already.
As with any restoration project, the more you dig, the more bodges you find..
And the other side was not much prettier.
Anyway, work progressed, fitting new channels and rear outriggers. These were all genuine VW Mexican items. I know the pressings are not correct, but compared to the repro channels I bought the quality is in another world. I'd rather have good quality metal even if it means I have the wrong heater vents for the year of car.
At the front, there was literally no metal worth welding to. Everything was too far gone.
So I had to make brackets to hold it in place until I could start replacing the metal around the channel.
Obviously, getting the doors to fit nicely was a high priority. The bodyshell had been repaired and bodged so badly in the past that it was quite distorted (so I did not brace it when cutting the channels out). After a lot of fiddling, I managed to get things to line up correctly.
To do this required removing quite a lot of metal...
All of the above was either rotten, bodged or both. It had had a front clip put on OVER the original metal.
Even the fuel tank support was double layered.
Cue a genuine VW mexico front 1/4 panel.
A lot of plug welds enabled me to copy the look of the original spotwelds.
And eventually looks like this when tidied up.
And a new Hookys A pillar bottom completed this area.
And it lines up well with the bonnet, too :D
Should only need a tiny bit of lead to get it looking really smooth :wink:
All of the above repairs are just bare metal with a layer of very thin rattle-can primer to keep the damp out.
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