Thursday 7 September 2017

Reinforcement Arch to Boot Floor Repair

Continuing on with the whole rear wheel arch repairs tonight, it was more of the same of making a template out of sheet steel, cutting out the rusted metal and then welding in the new. But for some reason I was really enjoying myself. I think it comes from a real sense of confidence that I am gaining from making very good progress with one of the worst areas on the whole MG Midget. 

Another thing that seems to be helping me is that the welder is behaving at the moment. I guess I have it set up just right, but I am managing to weld at odd angles and even upside down has been ok. Long may it last! My confidence that is...and not the time it is taking.

Back to the repair. As you can see from the photos the reinforcement arch needed some attention.

Make up the template.

and cut out the rusty section.

Loving my new Dremel 3000!

Template seems to fit ok but I needed to close those gaps

Offered up the new repair...

...and welded it in

Making sure that it was all flush so the floor makes a good fit.

I'll grind down the welds a little later on.

Happy with that job! Next on the list will be to weld in the inner wheel arch repair I made a few weeks back.


  1. Hi James
    I've just read your blog from the beginning. It's a wonderful resource for those tackling their first restoration (me). Your excellent photos and dedication to writing everything up at 11.30 is amazing. Thanks so much!
    Brendon Le Page (69 MKIII)

  2. Hi Brendon,
    Thank you so much for your kind comments. I am just glad a few people find it useful! Good luck with your restoration and if you have any questions please just ask.
    Kind regards