Since my day out plans were a bust I turned my attention to the Rover once I'd got some work out of the way and a deadline met. It's turned into a stunner of a day today and I didn't want it to go to waste by being trapped at my desk all afternoon. So, off to the unit we go to tackle some of the scabby bits on the Rover that I've left alone since buying the car. Just a quick blast with the flapwheel, a dash of rust convertor, a bit of primer and some fresh red and lacquer. It's not show winning stuff but it's better than it was.
Mainly, I wanted to tackle this bit on the back door which looks warty and unpleasant every time the car is waxed. The back corner and bottom edge also needed a bit of attention at the same time. Here's the before from back in July 2015.
Here's the after. This car is already about four shades of Flame Red anyway so the slight mismatch doesn't bother me. Also gave the bumper edge of the rear arch a fresh tickle as it had a couple of spots coming through.
Happier with that. I tackled the front wing on the opposite side too, namely the big blister at the front edge of the arch which is now a hole and the ugly obvious lacquer peel. This is even more of a rushed job because I've got a better wing to finish the welding on - gas regulator still hasn't arrived - so I can get that fitted. From this distance you could see the peel and the rust but you can't see the very quick repair so I'm happy with that for the time being. I also finally cleaned up the centre caps and fitted the Rover badges this side.
I spent some time getting the front end straightened out again. One of the under-light trims clips is snapped as is the side clip on the indicator. The headlight had been pushed down and that had deformed the bottom bracket slightly. Annoyingly, my bonnet is now twisted and I couldn't get it twist back the other way. My bumper also looks like it's got bent bracket on the driver's side. I'm really not thrilled about this. Luckily the headlight just needed unbolting and reseating, as did the grille. I'll get the bonnet and bumper sorted eventually, fiddly stuff that takes forever and only really annoys me.
You'll notice the car now has a nose too. I think it was MrBenn on Autoshite that sent me that badge, I'm not sure, it was a while ago and I can't remember. Anyway, funny thing is the badge looks too big up close but when you see the car across a car park it looks about right. It can stay for now until I make up my mind on whether or not I like it.