latest update from the weekend and today.
needed the press to install the mainshaft bearing into the gearbox, will build the gearbox next week when I am back at home. Should be a laugh
The LT95 gearbox has access panels all over the place. this view is from the underside of the box and looking forwards, the big hole at the bottom is for the transfer hi/low gears
pressed in, I forgot to bring the giant circlip with me but that can be fixed when at home.
Next up, welded the fuel filler tunnel onto the inner wing
welded it in from the side that will be hidden by outer panels. this inner wing and filler is visible from inside the boot area
then sanded back the rough coat of epoxy primer that I painted on to stop the rustage. the repair panels had a black coating on them. It is important to remove this before painting as it does not always stick to the metal.
Spray painted epoxy primer, which sticks like the proverbial to a blanket, in the back of the car are rear floor supports and heel-board. I dropped the heel-board onto the extension lead and without thinking grabbed it.
it managed to slice right through the brown and blue insulation but didnt blow a fuse. Not sure how I managed to avoid the shock !
Today spent an hour or so tiding all the little welds and blobs up around the drivers door frame. stripped the a-post back to bare steel. no rust now. will paint and skim filler over the welded joint. Also need to fit the door seal channel tomorrow.
then onto the rear tailgate "goalpost". untouched aside from removing the rusted top splash channel. still to be remade and fitted. Lots of surface rust and a few smoll holes to deal with. Knot wire wheel on angle grinder made short work of paint and rust
This bit is at the top of the frame where the roof bolts onto it. The recess is unique to early Range Rovers and a key identifying component for a genuine early car - (rather than a rusty 1980s pay n' play "olli" wreck wearing an earlier ID to save a quid or two on road tax). With paint out of the way it is interesting that many separate components make up this area. I have no idea why.
previous owner had welded very heavy lumps of steel to the base of each side of the goal post. This area can be seen from inside the car and it wasn't pretty
cut out the repair, inside is ok but is crying for some rust treatment which I will get
welded in a replacement panel which is now flush. Skim of filler over the joint and it will never been seen.
this is the drivers side upright, pretty much where the upper and lower tailgates meet. the channel is for a rubber seal. it needs to come off first, quite why it needed so many spot welds I have no idea. gaaaaah
Butt welded a repair into the carfully cut hole
refitted the salvaged rubber seal channel and made up some new sections where it had rotted out
treated the bare shell to rust converter, two more bits to weld on this tomorrow and then paint, then fit it to the car.
This week I need to have the whole body frame finished and painted ready for the next stage which will be fitting up.
I am planning to have a go at painting the roof panel, if the worst happens I just soda blast it clean and send it off to the paint shop to do it. Want to have a go myself though because it will allow me to fit side windows and screen also.
This is going to be a fun week
Shitroen C4 GP 2007 1.6HDi - Wife's daily written off, farewell trusty but slightly unpredictable steed
Hyundai i10 2010 newbee - Wife's daily
Pug 307 - son's daily runner Sold to Arthur Foxhake
Range Rover Vogue 1993 - my daily runner
Daewoo Matiz 2002 - Sold
Jaguar x308 Sovereign 4 litre - sold to Hooli
Triumph Staaag 1973 - cheaper than a mistress.. just
Range Rover 1972 - ongoing extensive restoration
Range Rover 1972 - complete shed but in line for restoration
Land Rover 1969 SIIa SWB - belongs to Fathathestag but maintained and welded by me
BMW E46 318i touring - sold to hhhugues
VW Polo 2002 1.2l 3 pot bargain for #2 son
Renna Clio Expression+ 16v Barg for #3 son